BOINC on Linux Howto

After signing up as a BOINC volunteer I received a good number of e-mails from people who ran into problems while trying to install or run the BOINC client on Linux. Sure it isn’t a difficult task, but still it isn’t as straight forward as using it on Windows where you run the installation program and then you’re ready to goto.

I haven’t found much websites that can be helpful for novice Linux users, so here’s my attempt to describe the installation process… the easy way of coarse.

Ubuntu and Debian:

Install the program using the apt-get tool. On the shell, type:

sudo apt-get install boinc-client boinc-manager

This will install both the client and the manager. Now type boincmgr to run the graphical user interface, and follow the instructions to attach new projects to the BOINC core client.

A non-graphical alternative to boincmgr is the boinc_cmd program, which is included in the boinc-client package.

Note that this method is applicable for all Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint, Fluxbuntu, Elbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and more.

Fedora and Redhat Linux:

Download the latest version from here (check the date).

Once downloaded, type the following on shell:

sudo rpm -Uhv boinc_client-*

Done, now you’re ready to go! Run the BOINC manager attach your projects.

Other Distributions:

Follow these steps:

1) Downlod the the latest version of BOINC from here (.sh file)
2) In order to make the file executable, goto shell, become root, and type:

chmod +x boinc_*

3) Now let’s run it. Type:

sh boinc_*

You’ll now see a new directory on same location named BOINC. Get in and run the file. This script will finish the installation and will provide you information on how to start BOINC manually.

If you’ve any questions, then please post it as a comment. Make sure you submit your e-mail address as well, so that I can get back to you. Thanks!

Ubuntu Bangladesh Gets Official Status

I’m very happy to announce that Ubuntu Bangladesh finally got the “official” status. This news couldn’t come on a better day as we’re celebrating our first birthday today!

Thanks to Jono Bacon and everyone at the Community Committee for approving. I’m hoping for some great days ahead of us. Wish us luck!

Goodbye to Fedora Project

Being actively involved with Ubuntu, it wasn’t fair for me to be a Fedora Ambassador any more. So I’ve taken me off the Ambassador’s list, as well as Fedora Account system.

I learnt a lot while being a part of this highly organised team of elites, and the memories will live on for a lifetime. Thomas Chung and Alex Maier, you two will always be on my idols list.

Linux for Home Users: Workshop at East West University

Ubuntu Bangladesh organised a workshop at East West University yesterday, titled “Linux for Home Users”. 108 undergraduate and graduate level students from from 9 departments participated on this day-long workshop, where various issues of FOSS and Ubuntu Linux were discussed.

I initiated the discussion by talking about the FOSS philosophy, history of Linux, Ubuntu and it’s variants, and why Ubuntu is “better” then other distros. The students were very enthusiastic, and asked a lot of questions. This interactive atmosphere made the program very stimulating.

The next presentation was provided by our member Mr. Rafiq-ul-Islam, who explained why switching over to Linux is important for students and how it can help them in their future career. His presentation was highly acclaimed by the participants and he received a great deal of applause.

Light refreshments were then served to the participants, after which I demonstrated the installation of Kubuntu. I took special care in explaining the partitioning part, as this is where all the newbies get stuck. After the installation was over, I demonstrated programs available under Kubuntu that the novice users would possibly use in their everyday lives. The Ubuntu Live CD was also demonstrated, so that the students get to know the difference between the KDE and GNOME environment.

Five more workshops are scheduled over the next four months in this University. We believe that as we inform them about foundational topics about Ubuntu Linux and steadily progress towards more advanced ones, these students will be able to obtain a thorough grounding about Ubuntu Linux.

My appreciation goes to all the volunteers of East West University Telecom Club, who worked hard to make the program a resounding success. Pictures of the event are available at (sorry about the picture quality, taken with a mobile phone).

Certification Mania

This is an addition to my this 2007 resolution: I’m going to get at least three of the following certifications by December 31st:

My dream is to get the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification, which I should be bagging by 2010! :)

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