All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
Raspnode is a project created to help people get Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum nodes, wallets, and related cryptocurrency software on their Raspberry Pi 2 micro computers. Raspnode was launched last year as a Kickstarter project, but now the project’s website also contains detailed guides on how to run a full node for Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum. Since Bitcoin and Litecoin are already “old news” you might be more interested in how to setup a RPi 2 system with a full Ethereum node using the Go Ethereum client (geth) or Python Ethereum client (PyEthApp). The guides are comprehensive and detailed enough, so that they should be easy to understand and be followed by not so advanced users, so you might want to give them a go if you have an unused Raspberry Pi 2 lying around.
The size of the Bitcoin Blockchain data files continues to rise rapidly hitting 60 GB already, up with 10 Gigabytes for a bit less than three and a half months when it was just about 50GB and up with about 20 GB for the last about 7 months and most likely doubling in size in the last 1 year. The increase in size is to be expected with more transactions happening on the Blockchain as more users are getting interested in Bitcoin and the continuing adoption of the crypto currency by more users. The big size of the complete Bitcoin Blockchain data however is already a bit of a problem for some users that don’t have that much free space on their computer and want to run the Bitcoin Core wallet with the full local copy of Blockchain or people that want to be providing a Full Bitcoin Node. If the trend remains the same we are looking at about 120 GB or more n terms of size for the BTC Blockchain in just about a year, so there is something to think about…
ROKOS is a free Raspbian based OS with integrated Bitcoin support giving you the ability to start your own Full Bitcoin Node or Client in no time on a Raspberry Pi. You just need to download the OS image, write it on an SD card and boot it up on a RPi and you will be ready to run a Bitcoin full node or client in the graphical frontend you will see. Do note that you will need to have a Raspberry Pi B or Pi 2 along with 8gb SD card for the OS and an external device like a big US stick to store the Bitcoin blockchain on (128GB is a good choise). The ROKOS is currently available in only one Core version with support for Bitcoin, but the developers behind the project do plan to release ROKOS Flavours that will bring support for different altcoins as well. ROKOS is a good way for users that already have some unused RPi hardware and want to support the network by providing additional full nodes.