[linux-elitists] Handheld computer - as free as can be

Ed Carp erc@pobox.com
Wed May 14 21:21:04 PDT 2003


On Thu, 15 May 2003, Modus Operandi wrote:

>   Regardless of your views about the currently reigning administration,
>   cheerleading for crooked pollsters using secret proprietary software
>   to determine who should and should not vote in a state is completely
>   antithetical to the spirit of Free Software.

Whether or not the software is being used fraudently is completely and 
totally beside the point, and off-topic as hell.  But what *is* completely 
on-topic is the fact that software that is used for *any* governmental or 
quasi-governmental operation (including the Florida deal) MUST be 
completely open and transparent, to assure that no funny business is going 
on.  No one knows for sure that there's any crookedness going on in 
Florida, despite loudmouths on both sides of the fence, because the 
software is proprietary - and that's just plain *wrong*.

Government operations should be as transparent as possible to the 
electorate.  If it's not, then it's time to make it so.




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