democracy via Linux

democracy via Linux

Post by cLIeNUX us » Mon, 20 Jun 2005 16:02:30

There are dozens of 1-floppy Linuxen. Viralinux_II is mine, for example.


I have written a demo of a voting station script in Bash,


The political tides are turning away from e.g. Diebold. What could be more
appropriate for open source than the technological backbone of democracy?
Nothing. This could be a more important use of unix than the Internet.

Alas, my floppy drive controller is broke, so I can't demo such things.
And many people need to understand that one floppy turns an idle PC into
an accountable ballot editing station. In many languages.


Rick (Richard Allen) Hohensee
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1. Announcing Microsoft Democracy



Microsoft has unveiled today Microsoft Democracy, a freeware that will
be widely available from next month, and included in Windows 96, the
Companys latest operating system, to be released later this year.

Microsoft Democracy will enable any Windows-based computer user to vote
from his home, for any election, including presidential. For new Windows
users, Microsoft Democracy will come  installed automatically with
Windows 96, without any human intervention needed. The system will use
the Microsoft Network to connect to governmental databases in order to
register these new on-line votes. Users will simply have to click on the
icon of the candidate of their choice on the day of the election, and
voting procedure will be fully automatic.

Detractors say it is not fair that the system only includes Bill Gates'
own icon on startup, but even though the Company wouldn't comment
officially, sources close to Microsoft say that it should be possible to
vote for candidates other than Bill Gates with to-be-released upgrades.
These upgrades should include all the candidates for a given election,
and should be available at least a week before each election, for as low
as $99.99 (again, voting with just the initial version will be possible
anytime). In these upgrades, candidate names of more than five
characters will also be possible, sources say.

Opponents also complain that installation with Windows 96 is invisible,
and that some users may not be aware that MS Democracy has been
installed, and is running in their computer. To that, Microsoft opposes
that installation is automatic by default, in order to simplify human
interventions; automatic operation is clearly explained in the MS
Democracy User's Manual, available on-line through MSN, or on the
Internet. Also, the user can turn off default voting, just by clicking
the  Don't always vote for default candidate's box, in the  Custom
Installation / Other Settings / MS Democracy / Advanced Options
sub-menu during Windows 96 installation.

Every voter using the system for the first time will receive a free
CD-ROM biography of Bill Gates (MS Dangerous Creatures).

The company expects to distribute 150 million copies of the basic
software, and about 500 upgrades within the first year.

2. Routing

3. Communism, Capitalism, Democracy, OSS, patents, all of it.

4. More than one server on one Socket.

5. Democracy Triumphs in Disk Units

6. .htaccess question

7. QUES: FIC PAG2130/VIA VT8501 /VIA Apollo MVP4/Trident Blade3D/82Cxxxx

8. Konqueror speed

9. via-rhine weirdness with via kt8235 Southbridge

10. add serial device discovery via ACPI name space and via EFI HCDP

11. via-rhine weirdness with via kt8235 Southbridge

12. via-rhine.c to support new VIA's nic chip VT6105, V6105M (correct).

13. ssh access not via IP but via "key" (or on another way) possible?