[RC5] Status of the Win32GUI and distributed.net

Jim C. Nasby jim at nasby.net
Fri Sep 24 12:33:14 EDT 1999

Before anyone else starts going ape about this, I want to point out that the
GUI clients will continue to function for the foreseeable future. Just because
we're dropping support for them doesn't mean that we're going to start
ignoring blocks from them.

Also, a little tidbit for you open source zealots out there: Once we've got
the API defined for how to talk to the base client, you should be able to
create your own GUI's till the cow's come home, so to speak.

Just to short-cut the potential stream of 'make the whole client open!' emails,
there is one major security problem that still hasn't been addressed: how do
we ensure that someone running an open source client can't modify it so that
it informs them of a potential winning key instead of us? Anyone runing such
a modified client would easily be able to claim the $10k for themselves,
leaving us and our charity out in the cold.


On Thu, Sep 23, 1999 at 09:42:22PM -0400, Gregory S. Hopkins wrote:
> Jeff,
> Consider this move foolish. Once the current win32 client is no longer
> functional/practical you can count out 2500+mhz of PII contribution just
> from me.
> I like dos/cli OS's, but for the task your asking me to run free of charge
> to you, I want the bell's and whistles. PERIOD.
> My opinion and $.50 will get you a cup of cheap coffee, so take it how you
> want, but I wonder how many others share my sentiments.
> Greg
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jeff Lawson <bovine at distributed.net>
> To: <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>
> Sent: Sunday, September 19, 1999 9:34 AM
> Subject: [RC5] Status of the Win32GUI and distributed.net
> > Although the last released version of the Win32GUI will continue to
> > operate for the foreseeable future, there will be no newer versions of it
> > released, and support questions regarding it will generally recommend
> > switching to the CLI.  The Win32GUI will continue to be available on
> > our FTP distribution sites, although it will not be in the
> > "current-clients" directory.
> >
> > We will continue to list and support GUI clients for the other
> > operating systems that we currently provide separate GUI clients for
> > (MacOS and RiscOS), however they too will similarly become unnecessary
> > once our plans (described below) are fully completed.
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