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distributed.net - the fastest computer on earth 4 January 1999
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This topic deals with distributed.net.   In particular, it deals with the installation of one of their client programs to allow my computer to help them on their missions.  It's a volunteer organisation.   They do things like find prime numbers and tackling large problems in encryption.   They make use of the idle time of computers all over the Internet.
Project RC5-64
The RC5-64 project (also known as Bovine RC5 Effort) attempts to crack a 64-bit encryption code.  They will be doing this by brute force (i.e. trying every possible key).  I decided to participate as my computers spend a great deal of time idle.  The prize money was also an incentive.

Participation in the project consists of installing software on your machine and running it.  This software will then use the otherwise-unused CPU cycles on your computer to help the project.

For more detailed information about the project, please read their FAQ response.

Want to know more?
I suggest you read their How to help page before you proceed..
Installing the software
If you choose to participate in this project, I would strongly advise you to obtain your clients only from the official source.  Start at the distributed.net client page and you should find what you need.

In short, what you will do is something like this:

fetch <filename>
gunzip <filename>.tgz
tar -xvf <filename>.tar

After these steps, I suggest that you scan the readme file which should be included.   It will tell you much of what you will want to know.

Other distributed.net references
The Complete Step by Step Guide to Running Your First Client

Frequently Asked Questions

Bovine statistics page

Client Dowload

Team Tally

Individual Tally


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