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I've spent years messing with this. Ubuntu as a whole doesn't much care about BOINC and BOINC related issues. Their primary concern seems to be pushing their Client and stupid shell... I've learned to hate Ubuntu.
After trying about every version of Linux out there, I discovered several that work well with BOINC. However, Linux morphs so often that one has to decided ahead of time what they want the Linux for. After installing it and...