I have read numerous how-to and tutorials (most of them outdated) on how to simply start mining on a pool and I wasn't be able to do it.

Could someone simply describe/enumerate how can someone start pool-mining in a Linux OS (on any distribution) command-line (shell) ?

  • Simply using cgminer and reading how to set it up will be more than enough. There is nothing special in setting up Pool'ed mining, just have the miner connect.
    – sean
    Commented Jul 16, 2012 at 15:09

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BitMinter is an attempt at making just this sort of thing easier and a more pleasant experience.

  1. Install Java if you don't have it, e.g. on Ubuntu sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jre icedtea-netx (the icedtea-netx is for Java WebStart)

  2. If you will mine in GPUs, install the latest drivers (e.g. from amd.com)

  3. If you will mine on FPGA/ASIC, give yourself access to serial ports. On Ubuntu sudo usermod -a -G dialout USERNAME then log out and back in.

  4. Start the miner from bitminter.com website or commandline:

    javaws http://bitminter.com/client/bitminter.jnlp

  • Does BitMinter allow you to solo mine or select what pool you mine with? Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 3:42
  • Althought it need a GUI to work, it's a nice answer. Any idea in GPU support with intel graphics card? I have OpenCl installed but it doesn't seem to recognize the intel graphics card.
    – pl1nk
    Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 11:51
  • Multi-pool support will come in a future version. Intel GPUs have not supported OpenCL until recently, so most won't work. I believe HD2500 and HD4000 can work, but not sure if anyone tried yet.
    – Dr.Haribo
    Commented Jul 31, 2012 at 19:37

you need openjdk-7 to get it work ;)

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