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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Experimenting with Clusterix

I have plans to do some experimenting on running a Linux cluster. I don't know much about it yet. Of course that is the point. Self-education.

So. First I looked up some live CD that were created especially for the purpose. The Live CD List provided some options and I downloaded Clusterix.

The Clusterix distro is based on Morphix, Knoppix and Debian. It certainly does resemble Knoppix when booting. I initially tried it on an old Dell Precision 610 with a P3 Xeon 550 CPU. When I got the option to choose a desktop environment I decided to try XPde 0.5. (Check out some screenshots here). It began to load and then suddenly switched to INIT 6 and started over. I then tried the default environment which is Xfce and watched a bit more closely this time. It seems it was having trouble with the 3DLabs Wildcat 4110 graphics card. So I switched to my more conventional system and things loaded up better. I stilled experienced some odd screen flashes in both Xfce and XPde.

That's as far as I've been presently. Just a quick boot to see what it was like. More experimentation shall follow...


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