For those who participate in Folding@Home I hope you will also concider participating in
World Community Grid. They do research in mostly medical sciences.
Also it might be a little easer for novice users to deal with because of the Boinc Manager GUI.
All you need to do is go to Package Manager and type in Boinc in search box and install
Boinc-manager & boinc-client. Then when the program first starts it will ask you to "attach to project"
Choose World Community Grid , make up a user name and password .
When boinc first starts up choose Advanced View. Then there will be settings, a way to view activity, etc...
They don't have any GPU projects right now , only work on CPU , but that may change pretty soon.
If you want you can always join the Mint Team there
It seems I am all alone over there for now... http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/team/ ... NWC2KZC7V1
P.S. For beginners it is probably easiest to participate only in the Help Conquer Cancer project.
They are the quickest and easiest on system resources.
If you have any questions they have a pretty good forum too.