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Help GamingOnLinux beat Coronavirus, join us on Folding@home

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Alright Coronavirus, this has gone on long enough. It's time to kick your arse. Want to help? We've made a team on Folding@home for you to spare your unused CPU/GPU cycles for research.

Hold on, what is this Folding stuff? It's a distributed computing project that simulates protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. It does this using your hardware and then sends all the data back to them—for science! It can help people working on diseases to better understand them. A good time to remind people on this, with everything going on right now and they have special simulations setup for Coronavirus.

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How to get involved: Head to the official site to download it for Debian /Ubuntu/ Mint and Redhat / Centos / Fedora. If you're on Arch/Manjaro, you can see a guide on the Arch Wiki. If you're on NVIDIA, and it won't use your GPU, ensure you have OpenCL installed.

When you're setting it up and it asks you for a team ID, enter "245680" (stats page) which is the GamingOnLinux ID and we can work together to make a better world. Right now, my GPU is purring away working on Folding, come and join me.

You might see errors and delays, as they've been a little overwhelmed. Eventually though, it should assign your PC some work to do to help. They did a little FAQ thread recently on Twitter.

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Dedale 25 March 2020 at 3:52 pm UTC
pete910Anyone noticed a lack of work units today ?

Yes, it took them two days to send me a Work Unit. I have no CPU WU currently. They have an afflux of volunteers and i heard their compute power has peaked at 474 PFLOPS.

But, in the meantime, rosetta@home works rather well so my computer is busy.

Last edited by Dedale on 25 March 2020 at 3:57 pm UTC
pete910 25 March 2020 at 3:56 pm UTC
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pete910Anyone noticed a lack of work units today ?
Well, I do have a bunch of messages about it, but it only lasts for a couple of minutes between work assignments. I've been folding all day with very few interruptions.

That was what was happening to me but for most of the day not had any.


Now I've just posted that it has now got some

Last edited by pete910 on 25 March 2020 at 4:07 pm UTC
Appelsin 26 March 2020 at 1:18 pm UTC
dubigrasuYeah I went through all that, but in my case it wasn't a configuration problem (I have now the same config as before), the GPU/CL were recognized and working apparently OK, but only briefly, with the work consistently rejected as faulty. Only with the AMDGPU-PRO the work started to be accepted.

No idea about FAHControl, it worked OK for me.
Does it give any errors in console?

It seems to be the case for me too. It's recognised, and show up in the webview and Control, but doesn't get/do any work. Too bad it doesn't work with the OSS drivers. Wasn't really much answer as to why from the F@H forum either

As for the proprietary drivers, the experience has been that the GPU folding core has not worked with the open source drivers. I have not seen any info that situation has changed. 🤷🏻‍♂️

It gave me the "usual" ones with python-gtk, dh-python and python-support. It would kinda install anyway (--force-[option]), but didn't run.
Though the .deb with stripped dependencies linked by Mohandevir did the trick


It works on Ubuntu 19.10 too.

Great Scott, that worked! Thanks
pete910 26 March 2020 at 4:17 pm UTC
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AppelsinGreat Scott, that worked! Thanks

Spot the Back to the future fan
Knucks 26 March 2020 at 4:53 pm UTC
Joined the effort.
scaine 27 March 2020 at 9:01 am UTC
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That's us broken into the top 2000 contributors, world-wide. Which is pretty crazy given that we're a 1% niche of the video gaming industry.
pete910 27 March 2020 at 4:57 pm UTC
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scaineThat's us broken into the top 2000 contributors, world-wide. Which is pretty crazy given that we're a 1% niche of the video gaming industry.

I think what's helped is there's a good few of us that have fairly hefty PC's and a couple at the top that are probably on HEDT/Server grade hardware.

Last edited by pete910 on 27 March 2020 at 4:57 pm UTC
CatKiller 28 March 2020 at 3:07 am UTC
A neat thing that you can do is have an automatic signature image that shows your stats (my points were already spoken for before this article).

michaldybczak 31 March 2020 at 6:02 pm UTC
Thanks, I installed the software, added gamingonlinux team ID and the process is running .

on_en_a_grosI just tried to install it on manjaro, but the commamd "FAHClient --configure" returned me "command not found". Any idea on what aI'm doing wrong?

I'm also on Manjaro. Here is what I did:

1. I installed from AUR: foldingathome-noroot, fahcontrol (GUI), pygtk (dependency), fahviewer (then your 'Viewer' button will work)
2. Issued those commands:
useradd --system -s /sbin/nologin -m -d /var/lib/fah --user-group fah

systemctl edit foldingathome.service

ExecStart=/opt/fah/FAHClient --config /var/lib/fah/config.xml --exec-directory=/opt/fah --data-directory=/var/lib/fah

cd /opt/fah
./FAHClient --configure

ser name [Anonymous]: name
Team number [0]: 245680
Passkey (can be empty):
Enable SMP [true]: true
Enable GPU [true]: false
Name of configuration file [config.xml]: config.xml

cp /opt/fah/config.xml /var/lib/fah/config.xml
systemctl start foldingathome.service

You can check status with:

systemctl status foldingathome.service

and by running FAHControl GUI app.

So far, I'm not enabling the daemon and start it manually.

I edited and posted this as a guide:

Last edited by michaldybczak on 3 April 2020 at 8:13 pm UTC
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