[Fsfe-ie] ideas for fs promotion for world domination or was that the social good of humanity

David O'Callaghan david.ocallaghan at cs.tcd.ie
Mon May 29 12:30:52 CEST 2006


On 28.05.06 17:21, Paul O'Malley wrote:
> It occurs to me that the evoting machines were a and continue to be a
> waste of resources. This should be rectified.
> They could be used for public good, or reassigned roles where they could
> run free software, the task may not be as hard as it seems.

I think the voting stations themselves are fairly low-end machines with 
a Motorola 68000-series processor, so roughly comparable to an original 
Palm Pilot.

There are a some so-called "hardened" PCs for doing the counting. One 
per  constituency, I suppose. These would be more powerful and there 
must be around a hundred of these. In theory, these would be installed 
in some standard configuration with a reliable supply of spare parts, 
and maintained for some well-defined period into the future, but I 
suspect that they might get chucked out or replaced with other PCs or 
repurposed in local county council offices...

> 2) Attach them to the national grid of computing resources for
> scientific research.

<plug> http://grid.ie/ </plug> :)


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