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Message 704420 - Posted: 26 Jan 2008, 10:53:09 UTC

I have a couple of old computers that are going to do nothing but run Seti. I would really love to see a bootable version of Seti so more of the cpu's power can go to running Seti instead of the GUI and its associated processes.

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Message 704437 - Posted: 26 Jan 2008, 13:23:46 UTC
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There's this, which I've seen discussed elsewhere in the forums. (Probably in Number Crunching.)

http://blog.schreiter.info/boincpe-livecd-for-boinc/

I imagine you could also achieve your desire (or close) with Linux, by using either a lightweight distro installation, or a bootable live cd such as Puppy Linux, as a basis to run BOINC.

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Message 704468 - Posted: 26 Jan 2008, 15:37:52 UTC - in response to Message 704437.

There's this, which I've seen discussed elsewhere in the forums. (Probably in Number Crunching.)

http://blog.schreiter.info/boincpe-livecd-for-boinc/

I imagine you could also achieve your desire (or close) with Linux, by using either a lightweight distro installation, or a bootable live cd such as Puppy Linux, as a basis to run BOINC.



Thanks, the Live cd is exactly what I was looking for!

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Message 708004 - Posted: 4 Feb 2008, 12:21:13 UTC - in response to Message 704468.

I'd love to see a linux/BOINC boot CD or preferably USB distribution. BoincPE is theoretically encumbered by the requirement for Windows licences for -each- machine it is run on (a requirement I think which is largely overlooked).

A distribution with good networking hardware support, minimal GUI, and BOINC set to go (and autoupdate, ie incorporated into apt or something).

Load it onto a 1-2gig USB stick, plug in and boot and let it crunch. More compact and cheaper than a CD distro too.


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Message 708011 - Posted: 4 Feb 2008, 13:16:15 UTC - in response to Message 708004.

I'd love to see a linux/BOINC boot CD or preferably USB distribution. BoincPE is theoretically encumbered by the requirement for Windows licences for -each- machine it is run on (a requirement I think which is largely overlooked).

A distribution with good networking hardware support, minimal GUI, and BOINC set to go (and autoupdate, ie incorporated into apt or something).

Load it onto a 1-2gig USB stick, plug in and boot and let it crunch. More compact and cheaper than a CD distro too.


Somebody over in Number Crunching has a link to a DSL (Damn Small Linux) that is made for a USB stick, all you need to do is set up BOINC on it and you're ready to go.
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Message 708070 - Posted: 4 Feb 2008, 18:24:53 UTC - in response to Message 708004.
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I'd love to see a linux/BOINC boot CD or preferably USB distribution. BoincPE is theoretically encumbered by the requirement for Windows licences for -each- machine it is run on (a requirement I think which is largely overlooked).

A distribution with good networking hardware support, minimal GUI, and BOINC set to go (and autoupdate, ie incorporated into apt or something).

Load it onto a 1-2gig USB stick, plug in and boot and let it crunch. More compact and cheaper than a CD distro too.

It should be entirely possible to do, though the host computer would need to have sufficient RAM to allow the operating system + BOINC to run entirely in memory. I would imagine care would also have to be taken to minimise the number of writes to the pen drive as well.

Damn Small & Puppy Linux are two nice lightweight distros which can be installed onto a USB pen drive.

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
http://www.puppylinux.com/

A bit of searching also turned up this article, which describes running BOINC on a pen drive with SLAX.

http://www.dslreports.com/faq/15621

You could also check out:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

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Message 708760 - Posted: 6 Feb 2008, 13:04:53 UTC

Do these create RAMdisks for BOINC to run in though?

The idea of these would be essentially "set and forget" - stick a drive with image on, set up BOINC, then leave on, or only save the ramdisk at shutdown.

A dedicated BOINC distro could probably do this easily(?) or at least more easily than I could!

You don't want a flash drive being constantly written to, is my understanding. Would running a distro from a USB do this, or do they all create RAMdisks (the way a LiveCD does, I think...)
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Message 709335 - Posted: 7 Feb 2008, 18:04:16 UTC - in response to Message 708760.

You don't want a flash drive being constantly written to, is my understanding. Would running a distro from a USB do this, or do they all create RAMdisks (the way a LiveCD does, I think...)

As I understand it, a pendrive Linux runs entirely in RAM, just like a live cd. Except that you can save additional information back to a pendrive.
I haven't checked it, but I'm thinking that you could add an additional set of BOINC computer preferences, which could be tailored to minimize the number of writes.

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Message 709484 - Posted: 8 Feb 2008, 0:00:19 UTC - in response to Message 709335.


As I understand it, a pendrive Linux runs entirely in RAM, just like a live cd. Except that you can save additional information back to a pendrive.


I thought that might be the case. That's useful, thanks.
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Message 722773 - Posted: 6 Mar 2008, 21:50:09 UTC - in response to Message 709484.


As I understand it, a pendrive Linux runs entirely in RAM, just like a live cd. Except that you can save additional information back to a pendrive.


I thought that might be the case. That's useful, thanks.


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I`m pretty new around these parts so sorry if i ask a stupid question but was wondering if as the case of the USB Stick the same goal could be acheieved with a compactflash card (not sure if you can boot from this).
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Message 723032 - Posted: 7 Mar 2008, 15:07:50 UTC - in response to Message 722773.


As I understand it, a pendrive Linux runs entirely in RAM, just like a live cd. Except that you can save additional information back to a pendrive.


I thought that might be the case. That's useful, thanks.


@All

I`m pretty new around these parts so sorry if i ask a stupid question but was wondering if as the case of the USB Stick the same goal could be acheieved with a compactflash card (not sure if you can boot from this).


Ok no worries,checked the links above and see that dam small linux provides it`s operating system to be run from compact flash also.
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