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    Default How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    The first thing you need is to choose an Ubuntu based Linux Distro. It does not need to be anything fancy although you may choose to go with such if you wish.

    There are the various flavours of Ubuntu itself or Mint (this too comes in a number of flavours) or Zorin to name but a few.

    Go to the site of your choice and download the 64bit version, burn the iso to cd or dvd and you are ready.

    Set bios to boot CD first and off you go with a very simple install process. My advice to you would be to install all hardware and internet connections etc before you begin.

    Now lets get to the important part.... Boinc.

    Go to the Boinc site to confirm which is the latest stable release Here . write down the version number. (at the time of writing this is 7.0.28)

    Don't bother downloading...it is far easier to do all that sort of thing in a terminal

    So, once you have installed your OS open a terminal

    First of all we need to get everything up to date;

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo aptitude full-upgrade
    Next we need to install a few things that are missing from the 64bit version but are needed just the same

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs libstdc++6 libstdc++5 freeglut3 boinc
    Now we need to get Boinc

    Code:
    wget http://boinc.berkeley.edu/dl/boinc_7.0.28_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.sh
    allow it to run as a program

    Code:
    sudo chmod +x boinc_7.0.28_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.sh
    run it to set up needed files

    Code:
    ./boinc_7.0.28_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.sh
    stop it again

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/boinc-client stop
    Next we need to change directory to BOINC

    Code:
    cd BOINC
    Copy some binaries

    Code:
    sudo cp boinc boinccmd boincmgr /usr/bin/
    Now we can start the client

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/boinc-client start
    Now if you go back to the GUI you can open and use the manager from the Applications menu and the client will start on boot whether anyone is logged in or not.

    No, I did not suddenly grow a brain overnight.... I was shown how to do this by a friend.... Thanks Mick.


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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    I have been told by Linux crunchers that crunching on a Linux box will yield slightly less points but slightly more results turned in. So even though your points don't add up as quick you are actually turning in more completed work-units. Don't know why that is...

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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    Since the advent of 64bit project apps and work for those who run 64bit OS's, that statement is no longer true. Because I tend to stick with that type of work I am not sure if it is still the case when running the older projects
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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    On the subject of Linux, I have used the Ubuntu & Kubuntu distros with success for crunching & internet use. Aficionados will debate their merits. Both are easy to use, configurable, and free. For me, there is much knowledge to be learned. Noob I am.

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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Plan.B View Post
    On the subject of Linux, I have used the Ubuntu & Kubuntu distros with success for crunching & internet use. Aficionados will debate their merits. Both are easy to use, configurable, and free. For me, there is much knowledge to be learned. Noob I am.
    FWIW I did Linux crunching when the CEP2 project first started because it was Linux only at that time. I used it on HCC and HFCC also. As a rule I found Linux completed the the tasks quicker than Windows but for some strange reason Linux was awarded less credits than Windows. When I really started getting involved with GPU crunching I found it was less of a hassle to run Windows because of driver issues with Linux.


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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    Crunching 64bit projects with 64bit Linux is currently being tested more thoroughly having been seen to be a better points producer.

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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    Crunching 64bit projects with 64bit Linux is currently being tested more thoroughly having been seen to be a better points producer.

    Work in progress.
    Any links where I can keep up with the progress?


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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    *sudo chmod a+x :P

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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    my sister is running Zorin os i did the steps Thanks to Grumpy ..... nvidia dont like Linux i installed the drivers in Zorin OS keeps locking up that i dont know about ATI if i can get me a low end PCIe graphic card can check it out or if i can get a USB3.0 card to get this going and steps to run it be great she watch moves this be a great project

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    Default Re: How to: Crunch using Ubuntu based Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by nanoprobe View Post
    Any links where I can keep up with the progress?
    I don't have any links for you, but I can tell you that I'm running Slackware 14, pure 64bit on a Q6600 (stock clocks, 4GB RAM) and consistently returning 20k daily where I was getting about 15k/day when running a multi-lib (combined 32 and 64bit) install on the same hardware. The downside being a much more limited choice of work since there's only a few 64bit projects.

    As for GPU crunching, I only did that briefly when I was running Slack 13.37 multi-lib. I didn't have too much trouble getting it running, but for now there's no Linux crunching on GPU at WCG. I don't doubt it's coming, it's just not here yet and there's no official schedule that I know of.

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