Paul Gentle (moose) van Distributed.net schrijft in z'n .plan dat D.net vanaf 20 april met een beta test van de nieuwe OGR en RC5 clients begint. Naast een groot aantal bugfixes zijn de nieuwe clients voorzien van de - volgens geruchten bruut snelle - Athlon RC5 core:
Ok what everyone has been waiting for. We are about to start our beta of new clients for OGR and RC5. It looks like we have most of the bugs out, but want to make sure. We will be looking for your help to find any remaining bugs. You are probably asking how can I help. Well If you feel up to it and want to help the following will be happening.
On Thursday April 20th 2000 sometime UTC we will be opening our beta network and clients to those who wish to help us test. Information on how to help out with the beta process will be posted on a page that will be announced on Thursday and can be access from http://www.distributed.net/.
We will be making "beta" clients available with instructions for how to test the client and functionality. These clients will use a time out period so you will should not install then on machines that you will not be visiting frequently. Also it is possible that this client version will be ignored by our current network at sometime. Please only use it on the beta network.
We have a large number of bug fixes and changes included in this version so we need you to keep a sharp eye out to see that everything works in your environment.
For changes check out http://www.distributed.net/download/changes.txt.
I'll be working hard on all this in the next few days and will try to keep everyone up to day.
Thank You for your patience.
Dit nieuws heeft natuurlijk weer alles te maken met de Dutch Power Cows, waarover je hier meer kunt lezen (iedereen meedoen!).
[Update door Gregoor] Dit is wat Moose himself mij verder kon vertellen over de snelheidstoename voor de Athlon met de nieuwe specifieke K7 core: "I'm not sure about exact numbers for the speed improvements with the Athlon core (I don't have one myself). But I have been told expect 10-15% faster."