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What is OCNix?
OCNix (Overclock.net Linux) is Overclock.net's custom Arch based Live Linux distribution geared toward overclockers. The distribution will include tools for stress testing, monitoring, benchmarking, and whatever other little tools are found to be beneficial to overclockers.

Project Status
The project made it to alpha phase about a half a year ago, but that included some things (on the back end) that were not ideal. Currently it will be rolled back to an earlier release and will be restarted from there.

Project Goals (as of January 30, 2011):

We would like OCNix to be able to provide for the following:
  • Benchmarking
  • Stress Testing
  • System Monitoring
  • Basic Disk Tools
  • Automated F@H Installer
  • Proprietary drivers ready to run

How can YOU help?
OCNix needs dedicated individuals who can devote at least a few hours a week to the project. I work full time as a Java developer and know that it is hard to sit down after a long day at work and do more work, but if you have the extra drive to help out, we need you! (Plus it's a lot of fun and you'll learn a lot smile.gif)

If you would like to help with development, we are looking for people with any of the following:
General Linux knowledge
Programming experience
Graphics abilities
Or anyone who really is interested to help out and wants to learn

If you don't have the time to help out, at least post in the forum and give us your thoughts and suggestions. Although, I ask to make sure that any suggestions you have follow the mission of OCNix (i.e. this is not a gamer's distro).

We will also need people to help test the distribution and when we reach that point.

Resources:
OFFICIAL Sourceforge page:
http://ocnix.sourceforge.net

IRC on freenode:
#ocnix



If you would like to get involved in the project from a development standpoint, please PM me and I'll get you situated.
Edited by xtascox - 1/30/11 at 9:30pm
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so it is arch based?

will it be optimized for modern hardware?

proprietary drivers to be include or excluded, same as with software?
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Originally Posted by transhour;12205554 
so it is arch based?

will it be optimized for modern hardware?

proprietary drivers to be include or excluded, same as with software?

Arch based with scripts to obtain proprietary drivers. I know we've talked about including the drivers and having detection scripts to use them but I need to be 100% sure that it is not a licensing issue before continuing down that path.

OP also edited since the Arch based part should have been mentioned.
Edited by xtascox - 1/30/11 at 9:12pm
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I'm not a hardcore linux user, but I would definitely install this. Sounds awesome.
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well this is TOS for nvidia:

2.1.2 Linux Exception. Notwithstanding the foregoing terms of Section 2.1.1, SOFTWARE designed exclusively for use on the Linux operating system may be copied and redistributed, provided that the binary files thereof are not modified in any way (except for unzipping of compressed files).

so at the very least we could include the nvidia drivers, or make them dead easy to enable smile.gif
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Originally Posted by transhour;12205957 
well this is TOS for nvidia:

2.1.2 Linux Exception. Notwithstanding the foregoing terms of Section 2.1.1, SOFTWARE designed exclusively for use on the Linux operating system may be copied and redistributed, provided that the binary files thereof are not modified in any way (except for unzipping of compressed files).

so at the very least we could include the nvidia drivers, or make them dead easy to enable smile.gif

Thanks, I was just reading that as you posted it tongue.gif

The plan for early release would be to give the user a choice during boot of which driver to use. I have very little experience with ATI's Linux driver as my laptop has an old ATI on-board chip and is only supported on older kernels. We could definitely use someone with significant Linux + ATI experience to get the ball rolling in that direction.
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Originally Posted by Wiremaster;12205863 
I'm not a hardcore linux user, but I would definitely install this. Sounds awesome.

Great to have the support smile.gif

For the first few releases this will most likely be a live image only but as we get the kinks worked out, it is planned to have the ability to install.
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i'll help out with as much as i can, but IMHO, is the need for a 32 bit version needed?
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i'll help out with as much as i can, but IMHO, is the need for a 32 bit version needed?

I would say yes just by the fact that down the road when we make it installable, users may want to use software that may not have 64-bit versions (yes it is rare though) or software that runs better in its 32-bit version. There's also the slight chance someone may want to use the distro on an older rig that does not support 64-bit.
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I have graphics abilities, sorta. I can help there.
    
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