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[GUIDE] Installing BOINC on Ubuntu using the Berkeley Installer.

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Ubuntu 13.10 was used for this guide, but installation should be similar for previous Ubuntu versions.

Download the BOINC client software for your version of Ubuntu from the BOINC Home Page.

2)Next we are going to move the BOINC installer to our "home" directory and then run the downloaded BOINC installer.

a) Navigate to the location that the file was downloaded to. In this example the file has been downloaded to the "Downloads" folder.

b) Open a terminal window by clicking the "Dash" button, typing "terminal", and then click on the "Terminal" icon. Alternatively, you can open a terminal by typing "Ctrl+Alt+T".

c)Type the following commands:

mv ~/Downloads/boinc_7.2.33_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.sh ~

  • "Downloads" is the name of the folder where the BOINC file is located

  • "boinc_7.2.33_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.sh" is the name of the installer file that was downloaded in Step #1

cd ~

sh boinc_7.2.33_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.sh

c) There is now a BOINC folder located in the "home directory".

d) Inside the BOINC folder are all the files necessary to run BOINC.

3) To start the BOINC client and the BOINC manager we will need to install some additional packages.

a) Open a terminal as described in step #2. Then type the following commands:

  • First, there are two packages that need to be installed for the BOINC client and the BOINC Manager

sudo apt-get install libsxss-dev libwxgtk2.8-dev

  • If you are running the 64bit version of Ubuntu, there are a number of packages to install to ensure compatibility with 32bit projects.

sudo apt-get install lib32zl lib32ncurses5 lib32bz2-1.0 libstdc++6 libstdc++5

  • Update installed packages

sudo apt-get update

b) To start BOINC navigate to your BOINC folder and double-click "boincmgr".

2) Now it's time to add our first BOINC project

a) After opening the BOINC Manager you will be asked to "Add project or account manager". Select "Add project" and click "Next".

b) You can select the project that you would like to add from the "Projects" dialog box. If the project you would like to run is not listed; simply enter the project URL into the "Project URL:" box to add it to BOINC Manager. For this example I will be adding "[email protected]". Click on the project, and then click "Next".

*Note* - The majority of BOINC projects have similar installation procedures, so this guide should apply to 95% of the BOINC projects. The most notable exception is "World Community Grid". For a complete guide on installing the WCG project see the WCG installation page at: World Community Grid Help

c) If you are a new user select: "No, new user" if you are an existing user select: "Yes, existing user", and then enter the email address and password you would like to have associated with the BOINC project.

*Important* In order for BOINCStats, Free-DC, and other stats sites to properly track your stats, it is best to use the same email address and user name for all BOINC projects. After entering your email address and password click "Next".

d) The project has now been added to the BOINC Manager. Click "Finish" to go to the project page, add your username, and join the overclock.net BOINC team.

e) Enter a username. Once again it is best to use the same username for all projects. The Country and ZIP/Postal code entries are optional, and those fields can be left blank. After entering your username click "Ok".

f) Enter "overclock.net" in the "Keywords" box and click "Search".

g) Click on "Overclock.net"

h) Click on "Join this team"

i) You will then be taken to your homepage for the selected project. On this page you can change your preferences for BOINC, for the project, and you can also change other account info. I would recommend bookmarking your project's account page, so that you can easily access it in the future.

j) Close the browser window, and select "Project Commands" on the BOINC Manager.

k)Click "Update"

l) To add additional projects select "Add Projects", and then follow the same steps, outlined above, to add additional BOINC projects.

3) The "Advanced View" for BOINC Manager is easy to use and is much more functional than the default "Simple View". I always recommend using the "Advanced View". To enable "Advanced View": click on the BOINC Manager window, click the "View" tab on the launcher, and then click on "Advanced" view.

4) The "Advanced View" provides a nice intuitive GUI for managing your BOINC projects.

5)To exit BOINC: click on the BOINC Manager window, click the "File" tab on the launcher, and then click on "Exit BOINC".

*Note* If you do not check the box to "stop running tasks" then the boinc-client and any running tasks will continue to run in the background.

All done

Now you are BOINCing for the Overclock.net BOINC team.

For more information on running BOINC projects check out the BOINC Guides and Tutorials and the Hardware Optimization forums.
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Ubuntu 14.4 has an easy does it

Screenshotfrom2014-10-04143757.png 838k .png file

See the orange brief case with the styled A in the desktop bar on the left in the photo ?

click on it in the search bar Type in this BOINC all caps

Then follow the steps for the BOINC manager

I tried the command line 1st didn't work


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