Better *BSD support?

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Message 1992195 - Posted: 1 May 2019, 20:33:24 UTC


I have been participating in the project for some time now and one thing that surprised me for almost as long time is that the support for *BSD (particularly FreeBSD and OpenBSD) seems to always (?) have been low priority? How come? From my experience the BSD's has always been one of the first hand choices in scientific environments and IT intensive environments and many of us come from either or both fields.

Recently I tried again to run boinc on the latest current stable FreeBSD and had to google and read blogs etc and in the end it seemed I had to trick he client (server rather it seems) into "behaving" like a Linux client (maybe because the server evaluates the clients uname string or similar for some reason?), why? it shouldnt be difficult to get at least the major distros/OS's to ship binary versions?

Dragonfly seems really straight forward and just works out of the box (with very good performance too and as expected) but I am sure more people would participate if the support for the main *BSD's was better (at least FreeBSD and OpenBSD) but if it was easier to use the ports tree and "just install" boinc (and not have to edit make files etc) that would probably also make a significant difference!

Also most of the websites linked to (even from the official SETI pages) are dead links or obsolete information, at least this information should be accurate and up to date.

What are your experiences from running boinc/seti at other platforms than Linux?

How can we help each other and improve the projects support for the platforms that we use?
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Message 1992474 - Posted: 3 May 2019, 19:49:15 UTC - in response to Message 1992195.  

Low priority likely because of a very low number of users in that environment.
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Message 1992534 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 3:35:37 UTC

I would love to be able to run setiathome on my OpernBSD boxes like we did when SETI was standalone before Boinc. A package would be sweet. I have more BSD boxes idle than windows.

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Message 1992550 - Posted: 4 May 2019, 7:18:55 UTC

Given the low user base one will either have to pursued a developer to produce the apps, or compile them one's self.
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