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Re: Proposal: Fedora@Home Project

I agree that it's important to be efficient and environmentally-friendly. But, the message for this project wouldn't be for people to keep "their computers on and busy using as much energy as possible to process things." Rather, it's "we have these important projects that need help. Please consider contributing computing power to them."

Perhaps we could provide information about the projects and why they need help, and we could also make users aware of the costs of contributing. Then users could make a choice about whether they want to opt-in to help these projects.

Nobody wants to waste power. But, at the same time, there is massive work to be done. So, the question is: what is the most efficient way to do this work? That's a question worth asking and will take effort to answer. But, I'm sure that if we can find solutions, that in itself would be quite beneficial as other companies could leverage our work to save power as they deploy grids.


Jesse Keating wrote:
On Wed, 2008-03-05 at 09:48 -0500, Bryan Che wrote:
What are your thoughts on this?

What about the message that this sends, that we'd rather people kept
their computers on and busy using as much energy as possible to process
things?  Wouldn't we rather people's computers used as less power as
possible, and switched off as soon as they were no longer needed?

What if we could have some sort of carbon counter that interacted with
gnome-power-manager and some heuristics about a person's location and
the carbon cost of power in that person's area, so that you could track
over time what your computer usage is doing to your carbon cost?  Then
couldn't we set a carbon limit and only participate on the grid if you
have enough carbon cost to spare the cycles?


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