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Message 103497 - Posted: 12 Mar 2021, 14:38:07 UTC
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I have installed Ubuntu 20.10.4 on an SSD, it seems to be running. This machine usually runs Windows 8.1. I think I have downloaded BOINC. Where is it, how do I get into the manager to add projects etc.

(sudo apt-get install boinc-client boinc-manager)
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Message 103498 - Posted: 12 Mar 2021, 15:16:26 UTC - in response to Message 103497.  

having installed the manager, you can start it from the menu. For some reason I have never been able to fathom it is under system along with things like gparted (disk partitioning software.)
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Message 103501 - Posted: 12 Mar 2021, 15:51:56 UTC - in response to Message 103498.  

Ah, it has not appeared on the menu for some reason.
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Message 103503 - Posted: 12 Mar 2021, 16:21:25 UTC - in response to Message 103501.  

Ah, it has not appeared on the menu for some reason.


Is it there under "all applications?" Not sure why it hasn't gone in. My system is a clean install of 20.10 and it appeared in the menu as soon as I had installed it. (One difference - I built mine from source.)
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Message 103523 - Posted: 14 Mar 2021, 14:08:46 UTC - in response to Message 103503.  

I can't see that either. When you say "menu" do you mean the vertical list on the left of the screen, if not , where should I look?
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Message 103524 - Posted: 14 Mar 2021, 14:58:49 UTC

In Linux Mint 20.1 (based on Ubuntu), I see it here:

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Message 103526 - Posted: 14 Mar 2021, 15:58:20 UTC

My screen has a short list of icon type things arranged vertically down the left edge of the, basically blank, purple screen. Important to remember, I am a TOTAL newbie when it comes to Linux, the last time I used anything Unix like was 30 years ago on a DEC mini, and that was brief...
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Message 103527 - Posted: 14 Mar 2021, 16:03:40 UTC - in response to Message 103526.  
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This pic should show what it looks like in my menu


This is on XUbuntu. not sure how the menu structure varies.
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Message 103528 - Posted: 14 Mar 2021, 16:07:15 UTC - in response to Message 103527.  

Image tags require that the image has an image extension, like .bmp, .jpg, .png
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Message 103529 - Posted: 14 Mar 2021, 16:23:35 UTC

That might help! I'll try after dinner, my wife is summoning me to help with preparations.
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Message 103531 - Posted: 14 Mar 2021, 17:20:58 UTC - in response to Message 103497.  
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Installed applications are listed in the 9-dot matrix Activities icon on the bottom left of your screen. The vertical window on the left of the screen is called the Dock and you have to manually place your most commonly used applications by right-clicking on a running application in the Dock and "Add to Favorites".

Then your new application icon will be placed permanently in the Dock for easy access.

You can also see all your installed applications by opening the Software Center and choosing the Installed tab. Or search for your application via the magnifying glass input box.

Start typing BOINC in the input box and it should pull up the Manager.
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Message 103545 - Posted: 15 Mar 2021, 12:02:50 UTC
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I've got the linux system up again. The square of dots puts up a screen with a few icons on it, BOINC is not amongst them. I ran the download again, the file shows boinc_7.4.22_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.sh, I try to run this, but it seems to think it is a text file and opens it in an editor. I may give this up as a bad idea, there is only one project that does not have a windows client, (Gaia@home), it may not be worth the hassle to continue.
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Message 103547 - Posted: 15 Mar 2021, 12:08:52 UTC - in response to Message 103545.  

That will be the old file downloaded from the berkeley.edu domain. These days, you are recommended to download and install BOINC from the Linux repository for your distribution.
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Message 103548 - Posted: 15 Mar 2021, 12:28:44 UTC

Yes Richard, I got it from Berkeley. I found the Ubuntu repository, and BOINC within it, but could not download it. Forget it, I'll remove Gaia from my projects list and put this SSD back in the windows system.
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Message 103550 - Posted: 15 Mar 2021, 12:35:02 UTC - in response to Message 103548.  

Yes Richard, I got it from Berkeley. I found the Ubuntu repository, and BOINC within it, but could not download it. Forget it, I'll remove Gaia from my projects list and put this SSD back in the windows system.


If you open a terminal and type
sudo apt install boinc

That should install it for you. If you then get a permissions problem, there is a long thread about how to sort it out and one of us will find and link it if you can't find it yourself.
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Message 103551 - Posted: 15 Mar 2021, 12:38:19 UTC - in response to Message 103548.  
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Linux is a steep learning curve. I'm a Windows user (developer, even), but decided to dip a toe in the Linux waters a couple of years ago, to see what all the fuss was about.

I found the best way was to plonk the new, soon-to-be, Linux box on the bench next to a fully-working Windows computer - and keep the search engine of choice open at all times.
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