BOINC is a project to allow people to use their unused CPU cycles to help cure diseases or do many other kinds of scientific research.

The version of the BOINC software that comes with Lucid Lynx is much better than what I’ve been used to. The start-up is not different:

Starting page for BOINC

Where the change really is visible is on the Project page, where you choose your account.

Page for choosing your project

The type size for the accounts – such as or rosetta@home – is much more easily read than in the past. For those of us who aren’t quite as young as we used to be, having readable print is a blessing.

After the page for choosing a project comes the Account page – where you sign in if you are already a part of that project, or sign up otherwise.

Account page

The BOINC software is already in the Ubuntu repositories. All you need to type in order to download it is:

sudo aptitude install boinc

This will install the manager, the client and other needed files. (In the past, I would have typed apt-get instead of aptitude. A kind reader suggested that I try aptitude because it takes care of dependencies better than apt-get does – for instance, by removing files that are no longer needed. I plan to do a post on aptitude in a few weeks.)

2 Responses to “BOINC”

  1. 1 kenleland March 26, 2010 at 5:37 am

    I was introduced to SETI @ home (which is in boinc) at rutgers and then one of my dorm mates at stanford worked on (protein) Folding @ home(which should get on board!). Its cool to see that many are using a common platform now!

  2. 2 ubuntulady March 26, 2010 at 5:44 am

    There are so many things in boinc that I found it very hard to choose. I started out with rosetta@home, which also works on proteins. One of the things they’re working on is Alzheimers, which my mother-in-law has. It *is* cool to see how many projects there are. šŸ™‚

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