is provided to help you setup up your own client and also if you would
like to join the Linux@Home Team all the
information that you will require is here.
Available! The RC5-72 project is now officially up and running, as
of 03-Dec-2002! You will need to download
a new client in order to participate. Our FAQ-O-matic has been updated
with the beginnings of a new
If you would like
detail information on how Distributed.net works or the project that is
runs then I recommend visiting the website, our Team is mainly interested
in the RC5 project but to quality for the prizes we must run all projects.
Information about the RC5 project is available here: http://www.distributed.net/rc5/
RC5-56: 'The unknown message is: It's time to move to a longer key length'
RC5-64: 'The unknown message is: Some things are better left unread'
is offering a US$10,000 prize to the group that wins this contest.
The distribution of the cash will be as follows:
- $1000 to the winner
- $1000 to the winner's
team - this would go to the winner if he wasn't affiliated with a team
- $6000 to a non-profit
organization, decided by vote
- $2000 to distributed.net
for building the network and supplying the code."
The first thing
you will need to do, after reading the information, is to download
the client program for your particular OS, Distributed.net has a
large and impressive list of supported, including: Linux/Unix/SunOS/OpenBSD/NetBSD/FreeBSD/MaxOSX/Win9x/WinMe/WinNT/Win2k
and many more. To download your client program just visit this link:
Once you have
downloaded your client program you will need to install it on your
machine, for Windows this is rather straight forward so I will only
provide information for Nix users. Once you have the tarball downloaded
(e.g. Linux i386)
then you must extract the files, firstly create a directory where
you would like to store the program (probably in your home directory),
e.g. mkdir dnet (/home/mayhem/dnet/
was then created). Once you have done this then extract the
files by typing tar xzvf
dnetc-linux-x86-elf.tar.gz, this will place them all in the
Now to run the client
program just type ./dnetc,
the first time your run the program it will ask you to setup your information.
The first thing you want to do is setup (in option 1) your ID which should
be your e-mail address, then (in option 2, then 9) you want to change
the order of preference to RC5-72,DES=0,CSC=0,ORG=0
(basically this will turn of all other projects and just do RC5) so that
you have the same as the rest of the team (if you want to do an individual
effort then you can change this to what you want or even leave it), then
save your settings and your done. When you run the client program the
next time it should connect to the server and download your first files
and start crunching away.
You will notice
that your machines load (found by typing uptime)
will eventually go to 1.00
1.00 1.00 as the program is using every available CPU cycle
to do its work. The only real step left is to add this program to
your startup scripts (if you would like it to automatically start
when your machine boots), to do this your want to run the program
with the quiet/hide option which doesn't output anything to the
screen and runs as a background process, this is done by typing
./dnetc -quiet or
The best was
of running it at startup is putting the following lines of code
in your /etc/rc.d/rc.local
# Run the Distributed.net
JOIN THE LINUX@HOME TEAM
If you would
like to show support for Linux@Home
and help out by joining our team then please feel free to visit
this link: http://stats.distributed.net/pjointeam.php3?team=25204,
you will need your member ID (your e-mail address) and your password
(this is found by visiting the statistics
page and requesting your password), once you have joined the team
your efforts will be added to the crew's and other members of the
team and hopefully should build up quickly to make us a force to
be competed against).
now all that unused potential of your Linux machine is now going
to a good cause. Thanks for supporting us.
When you want to
check your stats or the whole teams stats you will need to visit this
(The old RC5-64 stats are available here: www.distributed.net/rc-64/
or directly here
for our team). If you want to check your own personal stats (i.e. if your
not a team member) then enter your e-mail address in the the Participant
Stats search box and hit search, similarly you do the same for the Team
Stats but you will need to enter our team number which is: 25204,
or alternatively you can just click on this link here.