We've often wondered why various governments haven't mandated open source e-voting systems
. After all, if a free and democratic election is supposed involve true transparency into the voting process, it's hard to see how proprietary software can be allowed. However, the big e-voting companies have been staunch supporters of keeping their solutions proprietary. Except... it may turn out that Premier Election Solutions (which was better known as Diebold until it changed its name to get away from the mocking laughter) is actually using some open source software... and not abiding by the license
. Artifex Software is suing Premier for apparently using its GPL'd software
and not adhering
to the GPL terms. Of course, we should note that Diebold (er... Premier) has suggested in the past that it might eventually open source
its own product, so maybe a little legal nudge will push it over the edge.