archiv~1: Re: SETI Linux Signal Analysis

Re: SETI Linux Signal Analysis

brian j. pardy ( (no email) )
Fri, 27 Nov 1998 13:19:56 -0800

David Woolley wrote:
> 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 do remember downloading the source a few months ago, and becoming
immediately discouraged when I saw it was mostly in C++.

The main thing I was worried about was that a lot of extra work would go
into creating a pretty screensaver-like version for Windows users, and not
enough would go into getting a good port of the base to Un*x.

Looks like that was unfounded.

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