Minepeon is a Linux distribution designed especially for Bitcoin mining using a Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi itself is a small, low cost and low power microcontroller: a mini-computer if you like. Its low power usage means that it is perfect to use as a starting point for creating a custom digital currency mining rig. Although the Pi cannot do any useful mining itself, it can be used for running the mining software and for connecting together specialist USB mining boards which need to be connected to an external computer.

The Minepeon operating system is based on Arch Linux and has both cgminer and bfgminer already built in and configured to automatically find and run most USB miners. Everything not needed for mining is stripped away, making it more efficient, and you get a simple menu system and display to manage and keep track of your mining operation. Once everything is set up you can use a browser on a computer connected to the same network to visit the IP address of your raspberry pi, where you will find a nice little web page with your hardware's current status, historical statistics, a pool page for adding and removing pools and for changing their priorities, and a settings page for making changes to the config file.

Users of Minepeon make donations using their hashing power rather than actual currency, to support the further development of the operating system. Donations are set to 15 minutes per day as a default, but you can turn them off or change the timings from either your raspberry pi or your browser as described above.

Getting Started with Minepeon

To get started with Minepeon you first need to write the operating system's image onto an SD card to load into your Raspberry Pi. A 2GB card is enough, and you can find where to get the latest release, along with instructions for writing the image to your card and getting it running on your Raspberry Pi here: http://minepeon.com/index.php/Get_started

In order to be able to follow these instructions you will either need to be able to access your router's admin page in order to find the IP address assigned to your Raspberry Pi (if you aren't sure how to do this, just google it - there are tons of how to articles to help you with this), or you will need a USB WIFI dongle. If you are just starting out with this kind of thing, most Raspberry Pi starter kits will come with a USB dongle so that may be a good way to go.

The complete list of hardware you will need includes the Raspberry Pi with power supply, SD card, a powered USB hub for connecting your miners to, and whatever fans and heat sinks your particular mining devices require. It may also simplify the set up if you have a monitor or TV with HDMI input, a HDMI cable, and a keyboard and mouse for your Pi.

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