Considering using ethOS for altcoin mining? We’ve been using it for a few years. But, we have to admit, we initially didn’t look beyond it’s name to understand what makes it so great. So, for those that are currently wondering if gpuShack’s OS is worthy of consideration, here’s why it’s found it’s way onto many cryptocurrency mining rigs we manage.
1. ethOS mines more than Ethereum
This might be one of the biggest misconceptions about ethOS when people first hear of it. The Linux distro’s name does indeed seem to indicate that this is a solution for Ethereum miners only. But, that’s simply not true. ethOS goes beyond Ethereum. It goes beyond Ethash, too. In fact, if it’s a mineable altcoin, it can probably mine it.
2. It comes preloaded with mining software
There’s operating systems and then there’s applications. ethOS is a lean 64-bit Linux operating system. Installed on top of it are several mining applications including:
- ccminer (tpruvot)
- Claymore’s Dual Ethereum miner
- Claymore’s XMR Miner
- Claymore Zcash AMD GPU Miner
- DSTM’s Zcash CUDA Miner
- Optiminer AMD Zcash Miner
3. ethOS can be run off a USB flash drive
If you want to run ethOS on a SSD or hard drive you can. But, why would you when you can simply purchase ethOS preinstalled on a thumb drive or burn an image onto a USB flash drive. All you need is a $39 licensed copy of ethOS and an 8 GB or higher flash drive.
4. You can still mine Ethereum with 3GB Nvidia GTX 1060 GPUs
Not long after Claymore’s Dual Miner added a fix that bought a few more weeks of Windows 10 Ethereum mining with Nvidia’s 3GB GTX 1060s, the party was over. Claymore’s suggestion to keep mining was to get off of Windows 10 in favor of Windows 7 or Linux. We weren’t going to open the can of worms that is Windows 7. ethOS was just what the doctor ordered.
We unplugged our SSD, plugged in an ethOS flash drive, rebooted, configured the miner and our 3GB Nvidia 1060s were again mining ETH. Our Budget Ethereum Mining Rig is still alive and well, mining away.
5. Managing multiple rigs is easy
By updating a single remote config file you can reconfigure multiple ethOS mining rigs monitoring that config. That means making conscious switches between cryptocurrencies, pools and wallets is a breeze.
6. It’s very inexpensive, especially considering what you get
For $39 (assuming you’re not purchasing in bulk) you get a licensed copy of ethOS. That includes the operating system and the mining software we covered earlier. And, importantly, the team at gpuShack regularly releases updates. In Those updates are free.
7. ethOS automagically throttles individual GPUs
After setting threshold temperatures and overclocking and undervolting ethOS does something fantastic. If a GPU approaches a threshold that might require shutting the card down, ethOS adjusts that individual card’s settings to allow it and the rig to continue mining.
8. You can buy it with cryptocurrency
We all mine cryptocurrency. What better way to secure it’s future by using it for what it was intended for, buying goods and services. As of February of 2018, you can use Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin for purchases at gpuShack.
What’s the downside?
There are currently over 100k mining rigs running ethOS. Those mining rigs are managing more than 650k GPUs. So, what’s the catch?
Well, for us, there isn’t one. But, there may be for some. Here are a few things to be aware of before giving ethOS a spin:
- You need to be comfortable using Terminal (OS X, Linux) or Command Prompt (Windows). What you’ll be doing is well documented and if you’re resourceful you shouldn’t let this stop you. But, to be clear, to do most anything with ethOS you’ll be using a command line.
- ethOS is a mining OS, not a general purpose OS. This isn’t Windows, Ubuntu or OS X, nor would we or they ever want it to be. Think of it like a GPU vs. an ASIC. ethOS is the ASIC. It does what it does very well. It doesn’t do much else. This is a benefit, not a detractor for dedicated mining rigs.