The recent years have seen some enourmous projects started by collaborative
efforts when they were out of grasp for a single individual or even by
a small group of people. Some of these efforts (possible only because
of the huge communication features of the Internet) have grabed my interest.
I want to present them here. You may know some of them; I hope to surprise
you with some not-well-known but appaling projects.
- The WorldForge
Project is developing a complete system for massively multiplayer online
- Internet Movie Project:
This dream is to create a movie with the POV-Ray raytracer, as a collaborative
effort of many users over the whole world, without earning money, just
for the fun of it, "because it can be done" - very much like POV-Ray
itself is developed.
is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in
the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate
by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope
- The mother of all collaborative efforts: The GNU
Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete Unix-like operating
system which is free software: the GNU system. Variants of the GNU operating
system, which use the kernel Linux, are now widely used; though these
systems are often referred to as ``Linux'', they are more accurately
- ReactOS is an open
source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible
with Windows NT applications and drivers.
- The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) harnesses the power
of thousands of small computers like yours to solve the seemingly intractable
problem of finding HUGE prime numbers. Specifically, GIMPS looks
for Mersenne Primes,
expressed by the formula 2P-1. Over 8,000 people have contributed
computer time to help discover world-record Mersenne primes. Thoughout
history, the largest known prime number has usually been a Mersenne
prime. [No longer available].
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