A rather exciting post hit the fedora-advisory-board today. It’s about enabling a Fedora grid architecture, not dissimilar from grid.org or other community distributed computing efforts, but entirely run in typical Fedora fashion — meaning free as in beer and speech for everyone, end-to-end.
Users of Fedora could design, create, and participate in a wide variety of computing tasks to be shared throughout the community. This model has already proven effective throughout the commercial sector. But in Fedora’s case, this initiative relies on completely open source technologies already a part of the Fedora software repositories, and is end-to-end free just as with everything in Fedora.
It would be pretty easy to have an additional firstboot module, much like smolt, where users could opt in to the grid and select from a menu of groups in which to participate. Then you could donate your spare compute cycles to worthy efforts — how about helping with the evaluation of drugs to treat children’s diabetes or cancer? Possibilities abound.
I encourage people to get involved in the discussions and the efforts to make this yet another Fedora success story about the power of completely open code, community, and process.