Hello, all. It has been my understanding that the reason that the
Folding@Home distributed computing software has not been made a Debian
package is that the license under which it is released does not allow it
to be free. This software package has pretty much the best reason for
being closed source that I've encountered; they want to prevent
falsified results from damaging the research.
Of course, I understand that this means that we can't package up the
Folding@Home binary. But if I put together a Debian package that would
use the preinst script to go fetch the software from Stanford in a way
similar to how the flashplugin-nonfree package fetches Macrodobe Flash
9, would there be any interest? I'd really enjoy a quick, low-hassle
way to fetch and install Folding@Home on my various computers as a
service. I see that there is a KDE applet, kfolding, that will handle
Folding@Home, but it is dependent upon the existence of a KDE session
(or at least a base KDE installation) and I'd like to install the
software on my server as well as avoid messing with it if I somehow
crash my GUI session.
So, in summary, is there anything I should know before I set out on this
task? And will people use it if I bother?