distributed-net - client to donate unused CPU cycles to distributed.net

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Distribution Debian 8 (Jessie)
Repository Debian Nonfree i386
Package filename distributed-net_2.9111.520-2_i386.deb
Package name distributed-net
Package version 2.9111.520
Package release 2
Package architecture i386
Package type deb
Category field::mathematics implemented-in::c interface::commandline network::client non-free/misc role::program scope::utility security::cryptography
Homepage http://www.distributed.net/
License -
Maintainer James E. Stark <jstark@ieee.org>
Download size 583.21 KB
Installed size 1.59 MB
Donate your extra CPU cycles to a worthy cause!
distributed.net started in 1997 as a project whose purpose was to win a
series of contests sponsored by RSA Data Security Inc., to crack their RC5
encryption by brute-force methods. These contests were meant to show
governments of nations such as the United States, who limit exports or
use of cryptography, that the standards allowed are too weak for general
Since this time, distributed.net's focus has changed from solely
cracking RSA's RC5 and DES projects to working on more diverse
distributed computing problems.
The ongoing projects are RC5-72 and Optimal Golomb Rulers (28-mark), the
latter of which has practical applications in science. There are also a
number of other projects which are either periodic or upcoming. You may
choose which project you wish to participate in.
Installing this package will allow unused CPU cycles on your computer to
contribute to cracking the code. There should be no noticeable slowdown of
your system, since the client runs niced, and only uses CPU time when
your computer would otherwise be idle.


Package Version Architecture Repository
distributed-net_2.9111.520-2_amd64.deb 2.9111.520 amd64 Debian Nonfree
distributed-net - - -


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debconf >= 0.5
debconf-2.0 -
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libc6 -
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Type URL
Mirror ftp.br.debian.org
Binary Package distributed-net_2.9111.520-2_i386.deb
Source Package distributed-net

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install distributed-net deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install distributed-net




2014-09-15 - James E. Stark <jstark@ieee.org>
distributed-net (2.9111.520-2) unstable; urgency=medium
* Debconf template re-write and translations.
[Christian Perrier]
* Debconf templates and debian/control reviewed by the debian-l10n-
english team as part of the Smith review project. Closes: #741107
* [Debconf translation updates]
* Japanese (victory).  Closes: #743680
* Russian (Yuri Kozlov).  Closes: #743681
* Portuguese (Américo Monteiro).  Closes: #740987
* German (Chris Leick).  Closes: #744345, #744273
* Dutch (Jeroen Schot).  Closes: #744957
* Polish (Michał Kułach).  Closes: #745066
* Spanish (Camaleón).  Closes: #745155
* Italian (Beatrice Torracca).  Closes: #745232
* Danish (Joe Hansen).  Closes: #745344
* French (Steve Petruzzello). Closes: #746346
* Czech (Michal Šimůnek). Closes: #751431
* Turkish (Mert Dirik). Closes: #757493
[James E. Stark]
* Update lintian overrides
2014-02-28 - James E. Stark <jstark@ieee.org>
distributed-net (2.9111.520-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream version for amd64 and i386 (Closes: #739667)
* Refresh patches
* Use debconf to execute client configuration (Closes: #655922)
- Remove the distributed-net-config script (replaced by debconf)
- Add a NEWS entry to reflect the change in how the client is configured
- Update the configuration instructions in the README.debian
* Fix the version mangling in a watch file.
* Refresh the init script
- Add a long description to the LSB headers
- Add the LSB init functions (and remove the associated lintian override)
- Check for the presence of the configuration file and exit with an error
if it is missing.
- Use start-stop-daemon to start and stop the client, as start-stop daemon
now has the functionality require to control the distributed.net client.
* Remove the preinst maintainer script as it is not doing anything.
* Remove dead code from the postinst and prerm maintainer scripts.
2014-01-11 - James E. Stark <jstark@ieee.org>
distributed-net (2.9110.519-1) unstable; urgency=medium
[ James E. Stark ]
* Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.5
- Add build-arch and build-indep targets to rules, falling through to
build-stamp since they aren't useful for this package.
* New upstream version for amd64, armel and i386
* Apply Colin Watson's patch to the init script, to accommodate the change
of daemons shell from /bin/sh to /usr/sbin/nologin (Closes: #734719)
[ tony mancill ]
* Remove s390 and ia64 from Architectures.
* Update lintian overrides.
* Update handling of CHANGES.txt in debian/rules to prevent removal of
upstream source file during build.
2010-04-09 - James E. Stark <jstark@ieee.org>
distributed-net (2.9107.516-1) unstable; urgency=low
* Bump Standards-Version to 3.8.4
* New upstream release 2.9107.516 on amd64, x86, ppc, mipsel and sparc.
* Really close #235152 and fix the typo in the changelog (Closes: #235152)
* Switch to dpkg-source 3.0 (quilt) format
* Adjust the .orig.tgz to contain unpacked versions of the upstream
distribution tarballs.  This allows dpkg-source to apply the patch
* Remove the dpatch section from Readme.source.
2009-12-24 - James E. Stark <jstark@ieee.org>
distributed-net (2.9105.511b-1) unstable; urgency=low
* Bump Standards-Version to 3.8.3
* New upstream 2.9105.511b for ppc (Closes: #235152)
* New upstream 2.9104.510 for i386
* Really drop hppa32
* Adjust debian/watch to allow for letters in version numbers
* Remove all apm/acpi support is distributed.net is supposed to be
able to handle this itself. (LP: 385949)
* Add a README.source

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