archiv~1: Re: SETI Linux Signal Analysis

Re: SETI Linux Signal Analysis

David Woolley ( david@djwhome.demon.co.uk )
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 08:28:25 +0000 (GMT)

>
> Might I suggest that anything written in this regard be specifically
> brought to the attention of the seti@home folks? I'd love to take part
> in seti@home, but I'm slightly worried that with their apparent focus
> on the Windows crowd that the Linux users will be left in the dark.

My impression is that the core seti@home application is just as much
*nix as MS Windows. It is the next stage, where they are probably
concentrating on MS Windows as it is a much more popular system amongst
people who are likely to use it (most X systems would need management
approval for an application which autonomously communicates with the
outside world).

In any case it has nothing to do with sound cards - the portability issues
are to do with sound cards and much more to do with networking, which
tends to be easier on Unix. Numerical stuff is normally intrinsically
portable. It is the screen saver stuff and the bits designed to make
it attractive to people who don't understand the technicalities of the
application that are consuming the effort and causing any windows bias.

Unfortunately there seems confusion on whether they will release source code;
a page that says that it will be GPL but making a conflicting statement
that it must not be redistributed has been unlinked from their site.
This did allow access to the source, but I'm not touching it until there
is a clear statement of a proper GPL or Berkeley style licence.

> I wish I could contribute to this or seti@home, but knowing nothing
> about X/DSP/etc programming makes it tough. I'm a database and commandline
> hacker...

The core application does I believe already exist for *nix; if you don't
want to actually do the search in Linux, it is mainly a case of getting them
to release the code and provide the necessary central services to you.