Proposal: Fedora at Home Project

Bryan Che bche at
Wed Mar 5 17:09:34 UTC 2008

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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