***Re: [RC5] CPU/OS Distribution stats page question

Kagain Kagain at gmx.de
Sun Dec 26 17:02:24 EST 2004


Maybe porters where playing around with these systems and produced
accepted blocks during late tests. But right before publishing these
clients on the website they found critical bugs and were too lazy to fix
them.

The java client was probably way too slow :-)


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Von: rc5-bounces at lists.distributed.net
[mailto:rc5-bounces at lists.distributed.net] Im Auftrag von Dmitri
Gribenko
Gesendet: Sonntag, 26. Dezember 2004 21:39
An: rc5 at lists.distributed.net
Betreff: Re: ***Re: [RC5] CPU/OS Distribution stats page question

Hello!

> Absence of procompiled client for that CPU/OS combinations dosn't mean
> impossibility of compiling sources on it. NeXTStep is just UNIX. ;)
No, I don't doubt the possibility of compiling sources for NeXTStep on
x86, 
but ONLY PRECOMPILED clients from the official download page can submit 
blocks and get credits for them. The sources from 
http://www.distributed.net/source/ compile to a client without
networking 
stuff: it can't submit blocks. Quote from that page:
"A short FAQ about the public client source:
Can I build a working distributed.net client with this source?
This source will only allow you to compile a harness for testing and 
benchmarking the performance of cores. It does not have the network or
file 
buffer capabilities necessary to create a full client."
So, if someone has succeed in compiling the client for NeXTStep on x86,
he 
won't be able to flush real blocks until he goes to 
http://www.distributed.net/porting/, writes to d.net staff, becomes a
porter, 
goes through the porting cycle, ..., gets a fully working precompiled
binary 
client on the official download page.

> Darwin is not OS/X ported to x86, but portable UNIX-like OS (based on
> Mach+BSD+NeXT ideas), gratis available. OS/X in reality is Darwin/PPC
> with Aqua GUI and some other additional proprietary commercial stuff.
Yes, I fully agree. But then the CPU/OS Distribution stats page is
incorrect: 
it should read "Darwin on an x86", not Mac OS X.

> I sure, there are simple explanations for all other apparent oddities.
What about Linux running under Java VM? Even if it is Java VM for Linux 
running a Java client -- there is no client written in Java!

Dmitri Gribenko

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