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What OS do you use for your farms?

post #1 of 14
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Any specific OS you use?

I was trying to find one that uses the least amount of resources, but it's really hard to compare and figure out which uses the least.

So what do you use?
    
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post #2 of 14
You need to elaborate on the question, do you mean a Folding@home farm? or the type with nodes and clusters? (server like thingy)
Edit: Doh!!!! I just use xp MCE... if you wan't it to be more effective go into task manager then the process menu and close all those unecessary tasks...
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post #3 of 14
Well it is in the folding section..
Not bad at all...
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Not bad at all...
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post #4 of 14
I use 2000pro on my rigs in my farm, very stable os for folding.
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post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
I ask this because I'm most likely getting a bunch of old Dell Optiplex G1
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Intel Pentium(r) II; 300 MHz
Maxtor 8648OD6 (4 GB)
ATI Technologies Rage IIC 1X AGP; 4 MB
64 MB RAM (Probably PC100 or 133)
3Com 3C905B-TX FAST ETHERLINK XL PCI
I know, it's probably a waste of hydro, but still, I'm getting them for free so I figure anything would help. I was just wondering what would be the least demanding or barebone OS to use on these systems.
    
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post #6 of 14
Win98
WinXP Pro sp2
Win2000
Ubuntu Linux
Back on Intel
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post #7 of 14
98
2000 Pro
XP Pro
XP Home

Some version of Linux probably would use the least resources, but depending on your system specs and exact WU, the exact amount of resources doesn't matter too much. The largest WUs out there take up to around 500 MB of RAM, so as long as you have that plus enough to run Windows, you're good to go (most WUs use far less RAM).
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post #8 of 14
computers that slow are almost worthless for folding. i know alot of you are going to say that no computer is too slow to fold, but depending on how many youre getting youd probably be better off selling them all and buying one or two decently equipped rigs
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post #9 of 14
I look at it this way - if a computer is so slow that the money I spend on electricity to run the folding applications would be better off donated to a charity, I won't fold with it. P3s are competent folders, but I wouldn't suggest using anything slower.
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post #10 of 14
Indeed... The slowest processor I'm using is a P3 900 MHz. I need to get a better motherboard for it though. Right now it's using a Gateway board so I can't overclock it. It doesn't even have a spot where jumpers should be to just solder wires to them.
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