I’ve always been a fan of grid computing and at the start of the year I donated my gaming rig to the World Community Grid project, 24×7 for January, which was a bit of fun and a nice stress test. I’ve since been given permission to install on some spare machines at work and found a bit of a gap in the documentation for a headless installation which I thought I’d bridge. Installing it headless is easy, managing it headless proved a little trickier but only due to my rookie status with Linux. These steps are all you need for a quick installation and remote management;
sudo apt-get install boinc-client
sudo nano /var/lib/boinc-client/remote_hosts.cfg
Add your client machine IP to the list then connect remotely using Boinc Manager. Job done.
For anyone interested in joining the fun, I’ve set up a jedbowler.com team;