Elementary Beta and BOINC

The other day I pulled down the 20170716 Beta 2 of Elementary OS 0.4. I tend to like the look of Elementary and if they ever get around the problems of 32-bit UEFI with a 64-bit CPU it will make a great choice for 2-in-1 computers. I loaded it on a 6-core AMD BOINC machine with 24-Gig of RAM, an SSD and an NVIDIA video card providing 384 CUDA core. Once it booted I noticed BOINC wasn’t finding a GPU. […]

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BOINC’s Holy Grail

The holy grail for people with BOINC machines is a Linux distro which comes with BOINC pre-installed AND automatically installs the NVIDIA drivers so GPU projects can merrily crunch away. It also needs a tiny Web browser and usable text editor, but that is it. Every minimal BOINC distro project seems to die an agonizing death before shipping something usable. The problem is that much of Linux is written by 12-14 year old boys who are all about hacking out […]

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Raspberry Qt – Part 7

Finding the serial port There is one chunk of the code we really do need to discuss and that is the snippet of how the application chooses its serial port beginning around line 48 in serialthread.cpp. I even put a comment in the code to explain why it looks the way it does.     // One cannot be certain about order if more than one serial port is on the system.     // My HP development machine had only one […]

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Raspberry Qt – Part 6


Logging information in Linux In the zip file you will notice logikallogger.cpp and its header file. This is a class I have written over and over through the years, even before I got into Qt. Any time you are developing for an OS which has a central log system as Linux does you should have a class like this in your application. Yes, I know many in the C++ world decry the use of a singleton class, but they, like […]

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Raspberry Qt – Part 5


I’m going to take you down the slow road. First we will get our application running on the Ubuntu development machine and test our cabling. Then we will go through the pain of getting Qt installed and configured on the Pi. I probably should have used a machine with a fresh Ubuntu install. This one was only a few months old, but I had already done quite a bit. QtCreator and a few pieces of Qt were already installed. At […]

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