All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
This is an interesting project under development – a Linux-based operating system intended for miners of Ethereum or Ethereum (ETC) plus SiaCoin (SC) dual mining that comes with a centralized web-based monitoring and control dashboard. The SimpleMining Easy OS uses the Claymore Dual Miner, though it does not yet support all of the video cards that are supported by the miner. You can use it only on AMD Radeon R300/R200/HD7xxx series of GPUs with support for Radeon RX400 expected to be available soon and maybe even Nvidia support to be added at a later time. What is interesting is that you don’t need to use remote control software to monitor and change the operating parameters of your Mining Rigs, you can do it through a dashboard on the official website of the project directly.
The latest update of the SimpleMining Easy OS did bring even overclocking support through the dashboard, though that may not be wise if you don’t know what your GPUs can handle… it is best to find the optimal settings with direct access to the mining rig as it may hang with the wrong frequencies. For the moment SimpleMining Easy OS does need at least an 8GB drive (could be used from a USB stick) and you only need to set your email in the configuration that you are going to be using to login on the website for monitoring and control of the mining rig. There are some security concerns regarding the access from web and the login with only email address though, so you might want to be careful what email address you use.
PiMP or Portable Instant Mining Platform is a dedicated Linux-based mining distribution intended for GPU and ASIC mining without the need to rely on Windows. PiMP is designed to be easy to deploy and use, it can be installed on a USB flash drive, so you do not necessarily have to use a hard drive on your GPU mining rig, though you can install it on SSD or HDD as well. The latest version of PiPM is designed for AMD GPUs only as well as Scrypt ASIC miners such as Gridseed and ZeusMiner, and you can also use other popular SHA-256 ASIC miners. In terms of GPU support you can mine not only Scrypt (Already pointless for GPU mining), but also Scrypt-Jane, Scrypt-N, Quark, X11, X13, X15, Keccak, Skein, Groestl, Qubit, HEFTY1, JHA and NIST5. As you can see not all of the latest and GPU algorithms are yet supported, but the most commonly used and supported ones are available in the distribution.
And while the latest version of PiMP is still only available for AMD-based GPU mining rigs, there is already work being done for the addition of a version of the Linux mining distribution intended for miners using Nvidia-based GPUs (you can try the already available KopiemTu for Nvidia). There is also work being done on an ASIC only version designed for PCs as well as for Raspberry Pi controllers to be used as mining controllers for ASIC miners. So we are looking forward to seeing these versions as well and meanwhile you can check out the AMD/ASIC version that is already available. Here we are more of a Windows miners, however we do like to try out new things as well and check out Linux-based mining distributions like PiMP as well as use RPi as a mining controllers as well and we like what we are seeing so far with PiMP.
A lot of people that are not into Linux and are not familiar with it try to stay away form it, but when we are talking about Litecoin and other scrypt crypto mining you might want to reconsider if you are building a mining rig. Linux has some advantages other than being free when you compare it to Windows, and the best thing is that there are special distributions already available that might make it very easy for you to use them for scrypt mining rigs that you are building. One of the advantage is that Linux has no trouble using multiple video cards like 6 on a single motherboard, something that can bring you a real headache with some Windows versions. Also using a specialized mining Linux distribution means that you don’t need to have a lot of free space, actually you don’t need to even use a hard drive to install it on, you can directly boot it from a flash drive. And the specialized mining distributions you only need to setup the mining pool, your username and pass for the worker and they are ready to be used and you can remotely monitor them – no need of advanced Linux knowledge at all.
Now, it all may seem like a dream, however there is one important thing that you should be well aware of – the pretty much only more significant disadvantage of using a Linux Litecoin mining distribution. You are most likely not going to be able to control the GPU voltage from these distributions on all video cards (from within AMDOverdriveCtrl), some may work, others may not, but most likely you will have trouble with most of the cards. On Windows you have multiple options like Sapphire Trixx, MSI Afterbutner and other manufacturers specialized overclocking software for a specific video card. On Linux mining distributions you do have a tool that may show you the voltages, but you will probably not be able to change them, though you cans till control the clock settings for the video memory and the graphics processor. This is important, because normally you can lower the voltage below the standard set value and overclock the video card and it can still mine cryptos stable. This is being done in order for the cards to use less power and emit less heat, thus staying cooler and more silent. If the cooling and the noise is not a problem and you have ensured low operating temperatures, then there is no problem not to lower the voltage of the cards.
After this short introduction we are going to point your attention to two specialized Litecoin mining distributions based on Linux that you might want to check out and try on your mining rigs. These are the Litecoin-BAMT and SMOS Linux with them being very similar to each other. They both come in the form of an image file that you can write directly on a USB flash drive and then boot the operating system from that drive. After the first start you have to edit the cgminer config file ( /etc/bamt/cgminer.conf ) with your mining pool settings and you are ready to start mining. You can then monitor the performance of the mining rig and control it either trough a remote console login, or through a web based interface, so there is no need for physical access anymore.