I've been running a full bitcoind node (Ubuntu) for a while now and would like to experiment with mining for educational purposes.

Googling anything to do with "Bitcoin mining" is fraught so I was hoping some more informed user can sanity check my plans.

I was going to buy a 20-40 G/H USB ASIC, plug that into the node and run BFGMiner on the same system, using its solo-mining configuration to communicate with my bitcoind RPC service.

Is this a good way to proceed? If not, any other recommendation would be appreciated.

  • Hi Garreth, your question might be covered by bitcoin.stackexchange.com/q/41276/5406, check it out! – Murch Oct 30 '20 at 23:30
  • It doesn't. My interest is educational. – Garreth McDaid Oct 30 '20 at 23:49
  • Well what do you want to learn about? There are many aspects to mining; the protocols used, the hardware available, infrastructure and maintenance, latency aspects, economics of it all, ... how to learn about those will depend on what you're interested in. – Pieter Wuille Oct 31 '20 at 0:10
  • I basically just want to know that buying something like a Gekkoscience USB miner and running it with something like BFGMiner of GGMiner will work. These are essentially legacy technologies at this point, and I don't want to waste $70. – Garreth McDaid Oct 31 '20 at 10:19

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