LLaMA & Alpaca: “ChatGPT” on Linux on your local machine


Large Language Model (LLaMa) and Alpaca is a natural language and machine learning, you’ve probably heard about LLMs, large-scale language models that use deep neural networks to learn and generate text fluidly and accurately. That’s where Alpaca comes in, an open source platform that allows users to run and interact with LLMs in an on-premises environment. In this post, we’ll explore how to install and use LLaMa and Alpaca on Linux to make the most of these powerful language models.

With these foce tools you can create your own “ChatGPT” and run everything on your network.

In this specific post we will show you how you can do this installation using linux.

To do the installation will be necessary you have a physical machine, A virtual machine did not work as expected.

In our case we will be using Ubuntu to do this installation, so if you are going to use Debian, some steps should be a little different to accommodate this other operating system.

1.0 System Update.

Before performing any software installation on a Linux system, it is strongly recommended that the user update the package manager and all existing packages on the system.

The command updates the list of available packages in the repositories configured on the system, ensuring that the package manager is aware of the latest versions of each package.

Running these commands before installing new software is important for a few reasons. First, there may be dependencies between the software you want to install and other packages that exist on the system. If these dependencies are not met, the software may not function properly or not even be installed. In addition, security updates and bug fixes are often released for packages already installed on the system, so keeping the system up to date can help ensure that you are using the most secure and stable version of the software available.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

2.0 Python Package Installation

When working with Python in a Linux environment, it is important to ensure that you are using the correct version of the Python interpreter. This is where the python3 -V command comes in. The python3 command is used to start the Python interpreter in version 3, which is the version currently in use, while the -V argument is used to display the version of Python installed on the system.

Running python3 -V is important to ensure that you are using the correct version of Python and to avoid compatibility or package issues that may arise when running code on different versions of Python. For example, if you are working with a package that requires Python 3.7 or higher, but are using Python 2.7 or an earlier version of Python 3, you may encounter errors or unexpected behavior.

Also, checking the Python version is a general good practice to ensure that the system is up to date and working properly. So, before starting any Python project on your Linux machine, it is always recommended to run the python3 -V command to check the version of Python being used.

For our installation, it is necessary to have Python version 3.10 or lower. If your vesao is higher than that, the installation will not work as expected

python3 -V

When working with Alpaca in a Linux environment, it is important to ensure that your system is equipped with the dependencies necessary to run the software properly. This includes installing Python 3 and its associated tools, such as python3-venv and python3-pip.

Python is a popular programming language used for software development, data analysis, and machine learning. python3-venv is a Python module that allows you to create isolated virtual environments where you can install libraries and packages without affecting the main system. python3-pip is a package manager that facilitates the installation of Python libraries and dependencies.

sudo apt-get install -y python3 python3-venv python3-pip

sudo apt-get install build-essential python3-venv -y

3.0 Installation of the node package.js

Node.js is a JavaScript software development platform that enables developers to build scalable, high-performance network applications. The installation of Node.js is relatively simple and can be done in a few steps.

curl -fsSL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_19.x | sudo -E bash – &&\ sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

4.0 Alpaca Language Installation / LLaMa

Installing Alpaca on Linux can be done in several ways, but one of the simplest is using the npm package manager and the npx command. npx is an npm utility that allows you to run Node packages.js without having to install them globally on your system.

To install Alpaca using npx, you need to have npm installed on your machine. The 7B model is one of the largest language models available today and can generate high-quality text in multiple languages.

After that, just open a terminal and type the following command:

npx dalai alpaca install 7B

If you can want to install the LLaMa language, you can run the program below:

npx dalai llama install 7B

6.0 Running the Dalai Package

npx is a package manager that comes with Node.js and allows you to run packages without having to install them globally on your system. The “dalai” package is a lightweight and flexible HTTP development server for static files, which can be run through npx.

You can access your static files in a browser by typing “http://localhost:3000” in the address bar.

npx dalai serve

Now you can start using this tool for your need.

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