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Running distributed.net’s dnetc client on a PPC (Dreambox)

June 19th, 2010 2 comments

What?: distributed.net was the Internet’s first general-purpose distributed computing project.

Why?:

  • Why not?
  • The client uses idle CPU time only, so it doesn’t affect the way you use a computer.
  • In the end, some money goes to some nice organizations, such as the EFF.
  • More info, in their FAQ.

Why on a Dreambox?:

  • A Dreambox is just another PC running a version of Embedded Linux called BusyBox.
  • Since the dnetc client uses only idle time of its CPU, it does not affect your viewing experience on the Dreambox and you won’t even know it is running.

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