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ElectricSheep 2.6.9 ships for TigerNew York City, October 8, 2007 - ElectricSheep.org today announced immediate availability of the latest and greatest version of the Electric Sheep Screen Saver for Mac OS X. Electric Sheep, created by Scott Draves, is a free, open source screen saver run by tens of thousands of people all over the world. It can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". The result is a collective "android dream", an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
Helping turn the greater and lesser wheels.
Mac OS X Electric Sheep Version 2.6.9 features:
• extra smooth animation with no delay between movies
• play iTunes while you watch the sheep
• right arrow key will choose the next sheep randomly
• left arrow key repeats the last sheep played
• Download for PPC and Intel
According to one Electric Sheep enthusiast, “The Buddha would be proud!”.
2005 saw the Electric Sheep project break out of cult status and creep into the mainstream. It began with
the March release of 2.6 beta with its brighter colors and more expressive genetic code. The
screen-saver's global audience soon guided the evolutionary algorithm and the genetic designers to
create more mesmerizing sheep than ever. In May the open source project attracted a Webby Award
nomination, and in September it was featured on the CBS prime-time TV show "Threshold".
Over the course of the year the software continued to improve. The server was rewritten to support 10x higher bandwidth. A steady series of client releases kept up with bugs and operating system changes, culminating in an audit by a security team in November. By the time their report was posted on BugTraq, a fixed client was out.
2006 begins with the best client released yet, 2.6.9 for Mac OS X. The growing development team has brought their tenacious debugging and polish skills to bear. The result is a client that runs rock-solid smooth and without memory leaks, so the morning after your desktop is restored promptly after a long night of "dreaming".
The stage is now set for another great year. The development version of 2.7 uses a brand-new renderer
and will use the bittorrent protocol to download more sheep faster. But first, expect the completion of “Dreams in High Definition“, the HDTV-resolution, fine-art edition of Electric Sheep. For a preview demo of the “Dreams”, please contact shepherd at electricsheep.org.
For more information, visit electricSheep.org today!