You know, I am not a grizzled veteran of the "Folding Scene", but I have been at it for several years. In those years, I have seen the clients and WU mix vary. Points go up and points go down. Clients have issues and they get resolved ................... eventually.
I remember when the SMP client first came out and everyone thought it was great because of the point gain over the console client.
Now we have the GPU client and it is better than the SMP client for the same reason - more points.
Yes, we are competing, but the competition is a side light to the research. The competition increase the "Fun Factor" for folding and each new iteration of the client or development of a new client brings a change to the Folding landscape.
The new GPU client is providing a new avenue for research into diseases that take away our loved ones.
There is another reason why we fold.
The Linux SMP client is a stable points producer.
Griping is okay, but don't quit. I don't want to see a tide of people switching off their folding clients because the SMP client is buggy. Post your concerns in the F@H forum. Let your voices be heard. And yes, the F@H folks do monitor a lot of other forums to see what the masses are saying about the clients. Don't make them go chase around to find there is a concern.
People in this forum invested in new equipment when the SMP client came out so they could ride the new points wave. You can do the same with the GPU client.
And the really cool part of it is you can turn your old single core systems that became obsolete when the SMP client became the rage, into folding giants with a cheap G92 video card.
*Steps off Soap Box*