Re: Folding@Home Package
Alle venerdì 22 giugno 2007, Zachary Palmer ha scritto:
> 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.
No, it's that the license does not allow it to be re-distributed:
> Distribution of this software is prohibited. It may only be obtained by
> downloading from Stanford's web site (http://folding.stanford.edu and pages
> linked therein).
while often other pieces of software that allow to be distributed (and thereon
packaged) do enter the non-free section.
> 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.
Anyway this might likely not be enough for their purpose. :-( Am I wrong,
BTW, I would encourage them to (co-)maintain an unofficial Debian package with
that software inside.
> And will people use it if I bother?
Less than 0.02% seems to have kfolding installed . But I think a lot more
people have (and run) the Folding@Home client, and even more would do if such
a package were provided.
 source: http://popcon.debian.org/