Crypto Currency

Best Linux distributions for mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

Want to mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? Profitably? Then you’ll need the right combination of hardware and software. We’ll deal with the hardware end of the business in another article, so the software end will be the subject of this post.

There are dozens of mining software, but very few Linux distributions that ship with the ones you’ll most likely need for you cryptocurrency mining operation. In my search for such Linux distributions, I only managed to find a few. And among those few, only a couple could be considered very good. Unlike your standard Linux distribution, though, they are not free.

Keep in mind that I’ve not used any of these distributions, though I’ll start using one of them tomorrow.

With that disclaimer out of the way, here are the Linux distributions that I found:

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Portable Instant Mining Platform

PiMP seems to be the best Linux distribution I found that’s designed for mining. It’s a Debian-based distribution that supports mining with AMD and Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs). The price tag on this is just $30.00, with an installation image that’s almost 4.5 GB in size. I just bought and downloaded this yesterday, so I’ll be writing a little bit more about it in the coming weeks. For more information, visit the product page at https://getpimp.org/.

PiMP cryptocurrency mining OS
Interface of Portable Instant Mining Platform (PiMP) for cryptocurrency mining

ethOS Mining OS

ethOS is another good one. It’s, however, not designed for mining Bitcoin, only Ethereum, Zcash, Monero, and other GPU-minable altcoins. It is also limited to mining with AMD GPUs. More information is available at the project’s home page. Like PiMP, this also is not free.

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ethOS Mining OS
Interface of ethOS cryptocurrency mining OS

Though those two are the best I came across, I also found SMOS Linux, but it doesn’t seem to have been updated for some time. Litecoin BAMT and KopiemTu are others that I could not determine their development statuses. Though not designed for mining, ROKOS Flavors is a Debian-based distribution for Raspberry Pi zero, 2, 3, PINE64+ and other IoT devices that turns those devices into full nodes for staking.

This is definitely a post that I’ll keep updating as I find more information, so keep changing back or follow this site on Twitter. That’s all for the Linux distributions I’ve come across that could be used for your cryptocurrency mining operations. If you know of any good one that’s not listed here, please post a comment.

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2 Comments

  1. So does it worth to go with a dedicated linux os at mining?

    • Unless you have a mining farm, not worth it. Just install the mining software you need on a regular desktop or server distro, that is it. Better with a stripped down desktop distro.

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