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Message 8497 - Posted: 16 Mar 2009 | 20:20:44 UTC

I have only just joined here but it occurred to me that P@H might be able to use an idea I had some time ago.

Some people will only download those projects that have screensavers which leaves other deserving projects with fewer participants. Perhaps p@h could offer interesting screensavers to projects that have none. P@H would also choose which screensaverless projects to offer based on work units available versus participants.

World Community Grid serves several projects with only one membership so it seems it could be done.

This way P@H would be doing computation while keeping with your mission of helping to spread the popularity of Boinc.

Screensavers could change with the project being done or not but may have NOTHING to do with the work being performed. In fact it could be something pirate related or perhaps you could get rights to an old screensaver from Sierra called Screen Antics where a guy is stuck on a desert island on the screen and always fails to be rescued.

Just a thought.


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Message 8498 - Posted: 17 Mar 2009 | 2:41:29 UTC - in response to Message 8497.

One of the applications on this site, called Starboard, allows us to take any of a wide number of graphics 'hacks' from the Unix xscreensaver package and use it for BOINC. The source code is open, so projects that want to add any of these to their app can easily do so.

I think the new BOINC 6 also allows clients to use an alternate screensaver program in place of the one that comes from the project, but I confess I don't know how to work that. This might be something for the crew to investigate, and I'll help as I can.

-- Eric Myers

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