Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sun 6th Mar 2011 12:45 UTC, submitted by Petur
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "In this post I show step-by-step how you can setup your own "Super computer cluster" using Ubuntu MPI Cluster from multiple machines with the goal of bruteforcing strong encrypted passwords with John the Ripper for academic purposes. Owners of quad core machines will also benefit from this setup as the "john" binaries found in the Ubuntu Repositories are compiled to run on only one core. I managed to decrease the time required to crack password hashes using this setup."
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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by Soulbender on Sun 6th Mar 2011 23:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
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The nice thing about CentOS (and OpenSUSE IIRC) was how easy it was to just do a minimal server install.

Well, my point was that it's even easier with Ubuntu Server. It's entirely barebones *by default* and you don't get any additional stuff unless you chose to install it. Other than Slackware it's probably the most BSD-ish of Linux distros.
You should give it a try.

I hear people moan about Yast constantly but I can't say I ever had a problem with it.

I'm just a sucker for simplicity and vi, I guess. Plus Yast becomes obsolete as soon as you start doing serious configuration management.

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