Donating some cycles to the build farm

Scott Lovenberg scott.lovenberg at
Wed Jan 9 17:45:44 GMT 2008

Volker Lendecke wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 05:35:38AM -0500, Scott Lovenberg wrote:
>> I'd like to donate some spare cycles that I've got to the build farm; 
>> would someone kindly direct me as to whom it is that I should contact to 
>> make this happen?
> Well, we have plenty of cycles. If you have an exotic
> platform, then it would be very interesting. But there are
> already quite a few Linux boxes in the build farm, so the
> additional value of one more is not too big.
> Don't get me wrong, I appreciate your offer, but for the
> build farm we're mostly interested in platforms we don't yet
> have.
> What's the platform you can offer?
> Volker

Well, if you want exotic, I've got a somewhat recent copy of Plan9 in my 
archive somewhere ;).  Well, it's a livecd, and I've never booted it - 
but it's still in my possession and I'm gonna' boot the thing after I 
complete my "languages I have to try at least once before I die... so 
that I can feel justified for every time someone told me about them and 
I told them a thing or two about Real Programmers!"

Seriously, though, I'm a software development student, so I've got a 
little bit of everything.  Currently, I'm running with a BlueWhite64-12 
box (it's OK, no one has ever heard of it) which is an unofficial 64 bit 
Slackware-12.  On the hardware side it's an Opteron 146.

I'm also running Slackware-12 proper (well, stripped - but it's got 
everything I need; ssh, vi, libs and a compiler on board - Real 
Programmers don't need GUIs!) on a 900 MHz Duron.

I've got a PPC G3 running OS X.

Furthermore, my "I just did something really stupid while logged in as 
root and I need a box to replace it" box is currently running Gentoo 
based Sabayon-3.4F.  Granted, not many enterprises are running gentoo ;).

In my distro archive I've got:
The usual suspects as far as EL goes - CentOS, SuSe, etc.
Slackware 10.2 - 12.0, mirrored with 64 bit BlueWhite64 versions
NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD.
Plan9 (no, I really wasn't kidding about that ;) )
And the usual suspects in desktop distro (Shiny Object Syndrome) and 
obscure distro categories.

I guess the question I should be asking you is, what do you need?  I 
would really like to give back to a community that has given me so much. 
  If you've got something in mind that you need, I can probably whip 
something up.  Provided you don't want it compiled on a abacus - they 
have really high latency and low throughput!

If you've got the blueprint, I'll try to supply the toolbox and man 
power.  Let me know.

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