[RC5] v3 client to be open-source?

Jim C. Nasby nasby at enteract.com
Wed Apr 22 22:54:40 EDT 1998

First, let me say that I am in no way involved with the development of v3...it's
all Duncan's baby. :)

As I understand it, v3 will be an open networking standard. v3 doesn't _per se_
deal with cores or projects, it's just a way to move data in a fashion that is
useful for distributed computing efforts. It provides a standard interface for a
core to talk to, as well as a project server. It also provides a means for
automatically downloading new cores.

Currently, I don't know if it's been decided what amount of source code will be
public. I _*THINK*_ that v3 will be released under something similar to GNU, but
I really don't know for sure.

As I mentioned, v3 is Duncan's baby, and AFAIK he intends to design and document
it pretty much on his own. As it stands right now, the coding of the network
stuff itself will be left to our crack coding team (which could always use more
help by the way... :) ), as will development of project code for projects that
distributed.net wishes to pursue. Since it will be an open standard, you would
also be able to develop your own project software, for non-commercial use.

FYI, there is official info available straight from the 'horse's mouth' at
http://www.distributed.net/v3/ . Take a look there, and if you have any
additional ideas, send them to me at decibel at distributed.net and I'll pass them

distributed.net User Interface

Karl G - NOC Admin wrote:

> On Wed, 8 Apr 1998, Jim C. Nasby wrote:
> > As far as sexier projects go, v3 will be able to do lots, and it will be
> > public, so anyone could write a core for it. It is possible that the specs
> > might be made public before all the coding is done, so people could get a
> > jump-start on new cores.
> Jim:
> In response to this... i am a bit curious... it sounds like you are saying
> the below, but not quite sure.. so i'll ask outright... will v3 be an
> open-source, public project?  Open-source isn't open-source unless people
> can directly contribute to the development of it.  imagine the size of
> your development team... or even more important.. think about how much
> less effort on the d.net coders side to fork out code. :)  I know i have
> many ideas i would like to contribute... i find it very exciting to be a
> part of the largest most powerful processing machine in the history of the
> world.  i'm sure many others do too. (or they wouldn't be here)
> Everyone:
> Open-source has been proved to work and is still being proved to work time
> and time again.  For those of you who don't know/understand what
> open-source is, go read The Cathedral and the Bazaar;
> http://www.redhat.com/redhat/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bizaar.html
> Netscape was so impressed with this, it convinced them to release its
> source code to Communicator for public development... (mozilla.org)  Which
> has been a very big hit and very successful.
> thanks...
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