Fwd: Re: [boinc_dev] Official Debian repositories and BOINC

Steffen Moeller moeller at inb.uni-luebeck.de
Mon Mar 12 14:05:10 CET 2007

Dear Frank,

please amend the text and forward it to David,

Dear David,

we Debian/Ubuntu maintainers thank you for your initiative. We have indeed 
also thought about a better integration of your upstream web site with our 
work and much appreciate your kind offer.

On the download page at the currently only a single big "button" awaits us. 
Next to that it could read, reusing some text of yours:

<h2>BOINC is readily integrated with many Linux Distributions</h2>
For most users of the here listed Linux Distributions, our client is not 
required to be installed separatedly. This has extra benefits
<li>separate user account for BOINC
<li>automated start at reboot
<li>regular updates together with operating system software
<li>for developers: instant access to complete build environment and automated 
build process
<li>more concise error reports

As user of any of the following Linux distributions please follow these 
distribution-specific instructions:

<td>Distribution as part of the distribution since Debian Etch. Users of 
earlier version should refer to Debian Backports (backports.org). The 
packages are:
The client is started right upon the package's installation. Start 
<code>boincmgr</code> to configure the assignment to projects. To stop the 
client run <code>/etc/init.d/boinc stop</code>. Feel free to read through 
http://wiki.debian.org/pkg-boinc to learn more about the develoment of the 
The Ubuntu packages share the code with Debian, also use boincmgr to configure 
the running client.

With kind regards in the name of the Debian BOINC contributors

Frank Thomas and Steffen Moeller

On Monday 12 March 2007 12:51:16 Frank S. Thomas wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm forwarding an email David Anderson posted to the boinc_dev mailing
> list. Is anyone interested to write the instructions for Debian/Ubuntu
> David asked for? I'll do it if noone else wants to but my Debian/BOINC
> backlog is pretty big so I don't know when I'll get round to do it.
> Thanks,
> Frank
> ----------  Forwarded Message  ----------
> Subject: Re: [boinc_dev] Official Debian repositories and BOINC
> Date: Monday 12 March 2007 03:38
> From: David Anderson <davea at ssl.berkeley.edu>
> To:
> Cc: "Frank S. Thomas" <frank at thomas-alfeld.de>, boinc_dev at ssl.berkeley.edu
> Currently, if a Linux user downloads BOINC from our web site,
> they get the Manager and core client,
> but not nice stuff like startup-on-boot or running as a separate user;
> some of the distro-specific packages do these things.
> I'd like to change our download page to say
> "if you're running Debian/Fedora/Ubuntu etc.,
> follow these directions instead".
> I haven't gotten around to it; if anyone gives me
> specific instructions for their distro, I'll add the text.
> -- David
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Dr. Steffen Möller
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