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Okay, I've run into many problems with Linux and tried about every distribution out there... I have a stack of DVD's about 30 high from all the different revisions I've tried... believe me, it's been a pain.

Reason to upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 was to use the new 7.x.xx BOINC clients... well, it needs a Linux Kernal newer than 3.0.32 to work... in fact, I think it needs 3.2.xx or newer, but don't quote me... Ubuntu 12.04 or higher I think...

Check out this thread... I've had ongoing problems with WuProp on the older BOINC 6.12.32 client... among other problems with OpenCL and all that too...

WuProp Message Board Link


Well, turns out Ubuntu server was broken in that it wouldn't use my Asus USB Wifi dongles... pull hair out time!! I hate Unity anyways!

Read the thread though because I found a perfect combination (thanks to STE\/E) and that is this:

Distro that works for me in all ways: Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Cinnamon 64b
Because it HAS the proper features (like desktop sharing etc.) that were broken in the "MATE" version and later version kernal and all!!!

Do ALL the updates first... THEN do this in a terminal window::

sudo apt-get install openssh-server+ gdebi+ libwxgtk2.8-0+ libXss1+ freeglut3+ gnome-applets+ cpufrequtils+ ia32-libs+

After that, Get in Firefox and download the latest (or beta) copy of BOINC CLIENT. It will store in your Downloads directory. Cut/Paste it into the directory above that which will be your /Home/yurname/ directory. Right click on it and select properties and enable it to run... then RUN it.

It will create a new BOINC directory. Go in there and run the "run_client" script and away you go! Also, "run_manager" brings up the standard manager... 7.0.28 has some glitches in that the top row of actions doesn't always display properly, but it works. Later versions cure that glitch.

In any case, I finally have a distro with a fast and easy GUI with desktop sharing that works!!!! You may have to add the remote_host.cfg file yourself and erase the contents of the gui_auth thing to remotely connect easy... but it works!

And it works on 3 different Gigabyte and 2 different Asus mobo's!!

Happy happy!

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Edited by Tex1954 - 3/26/13 at 2:01pm
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Glad you finally got it Tex. I hope I can put this to good use one day, but I am Linux illiterate. How are WU times compared to plain Windows??
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Okay, I've run into many problems with Linux and tried about every distribution out there... I have a stack of DVD's about 30 high from all the different revisions I've tried... believer me, it's been a pain.

Reason to upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 was to use the new 7.x.xx BOINC clients... well, it needs a Linux Kernal newer than 3.0.32 to work... in fact, I think it needs 3.2.xx or newer, but don't quote me... Ubuntu 12.04 or higher I think...

Check out this thread... I've had ongoing problems with WuProp on the older BOINC 6.12.32 client... among other problems with OpenCL and all that too...

WuProp Message Board Link


Well, turns out Ubuntu server was broken in that it wouldn't use my Asus USB Wifi dongles... put hair out time!! I hate Unity anyways!

Read the thread though because I found a perfect combination (thanks to STE\/E) and that is this:

Distro that works for me in all ways: Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Cinnamon 64b
Because it HAS the proper features (like desktop sharing etc.) that were broken in the "MATE" version and later version kernal and all!!!

Do ALL the updates first... THEN do this in a terminal window::

sudo apt-get install openssh-server+ gdebi+ libwxgtk2.8-0+ libXss1+ freeglut3+ gnome-applets+ cpufrequtils+ ia32-libs+

After that, Get in Firefox and download the latest (or beta) copy of BOINC CLIENT. It will store in your Downloads directory. Cut/Paste it into the directory above that which will be your /Home/yurname/ directory. Right click on it and select properties and enable it to run... then RUN it.

It will create a new BOINC directory. Go in there and run the "run_client" script and away you go! Also, "run_manager" brings up the standard manager... 7.0.28 has some glitches in that the top row of actions doesn't always display properly, but it works. Later versions cure that glitch.

In any case, I finally have a distro with a fast and easy GUI with desktop sharing that works!!!! You may have to add the remote_host.cfg file yourself and erase the contents of the gui_auth thing to remotely connect easy... but it works!

And it works on 3 different Gigabyte and 2 different Asus mobo's!!

Happy happy!

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sounds like you have been having fun tex. glad you finally got it figured out thumb.gif too bad i cant +rep ya. lol
    
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Nice info. I want to get BOINC running on my Debian laptop, this should come in handy.
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Good luck!

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Way too much effort for me. biggrin.gif
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Way too much effort for me. biggrin.gif

This is nothing compared to some workarounds I've had to do in Linux... *cough* installing ATI drivers *cough*
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This is nothing compared to some workarounds I've had to do in Linux... *cough* installing ATI drivers *cough*

I tried forever to get ATI drivers to work using Ubuntu with the HD-6990 and it never ever worked...

However, it may be worth a try again with Linux Mint Nadia!

Hmm... we will see, If I get time to try it, I will. Then I will report back.

BUT, this distro works on everything I've put it on with only one minor glitch so far. Seems lm-sensors needs to be updated. Other than that, works great!

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PS: Linux Mint makes it easy to auto-start the client with a couple point/clicks too! Loving this distro so far...
Edited by Tex1954 - 3/26/13 at 2:02pm
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FORGOT TO ADD! (because I just figured it out)

Add the AMD64-Microcode package if you have an AMD CPU... use Synaptic..

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Congrats for the install. I tried to go linux also but after literally botching the install, I had to literally erase my entire hard drive and painfully reinstall every single piece of data. I also had to repartition and rename all the drive letters. The process took a week mad.gif. I finally gave up and went for a VM of linux. All in all, I think ubuntu is pretty sweet though.
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