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[6]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Mon 7th Mar 2011 01:55 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Laurence"
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Hmmm...can't recall seeing that option when installing CentOS 5.x but maybe it's just something I missed. I quickly learned NOT to select the "Server" install though.
^ hmmm, maybe you were right.
Maybe it was OpenSuse and/or Debian (which I also installed around the same time) that had the "minimal install" option and I'm getting my wires crossed.

I still think you're over baking your argument massive by calling CentOS a "monstrosity". If it were really that bad then it wouldn't be run smoothly on 256MB RAM (which it does)

"found there was still a lot of stuff pushed during the default install that I had to deselect (their cloud tools, auto-updates, etc).

Nope, they're all deselected during the install and you have to manually select them.
I'm pretty sure I was getting nagware about installing them when I was "road testing" Ubuntu Server.

Yep, Slackware is awesome although I do find the lack of proper package management more of a con than a pro.

Couldn't agree more. It's what drove me away from Slackware (and very nearly away from Linux as a whole up until I stumbled across Arch)

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