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We've got some older G5 Mac Pros in the department with a few processors in them, and they're running Ubuntu. The hardware was pretty beast for it's time, but right now they're gathering dust. I was going to set up folding clients on them for OCN, but it doesn't seem one is able to fold on PPC Linux. Is this true? Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 5
Might not be worth it honestly as far as electrical consumption goes. If you cant get the normal linux client to run then you may be out of luck. Are they dual core? You may only be able to run the unicore client
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They're multiprocessor, multicore, I believe. I'm going to install OSX and run a VM. Maybe the architecture wont be an issue at that point.
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The only cores that support PPC are uniprocessor only, so you can't run SMP on them. Besides, there may or may not be any WU's available for PPC anymore as Stanford has depricated support for PowerPC:

http://folding.typepad.com/news/2010/01/update-on-power-pc-osx-support.html

Go ahead and try it though, and report back with results. biggrin.gif
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Yeah I did see that. I figured we have the multiprocessor multicore machines gathering dust so I would put some use to them you know?
If I'm using a VM on PPC OSX will the VM also be PPC, ie does the architecture carry over?
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