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I've just learned about the awesome world of Bitcoins. I've learned that the only way to make a decent amount of bitcoins is to "mine". However, everywhere I look, the miners are for Windows and those that have clients for Linux only support 32bit.

I'd like to be able to mine off my GPU (if possible). I have an ATI graphics card (I've heard there isn't much support for ATI, only Nvidia).

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Here is a list of the currently available miners. Most of them support Linux:


  • DiabloMiner - Support: Windows, Linux, OSX Features: Long
    Polling, BFI_INT
  • poclbm - Support: Windows, Linux. Features: Long Polling, BFI_INT
  • hashkill - Support: Linux .Features: Long Polling, BFI_INT, Auto Reconnect
  • Phoenix - Support: Windows, Linux. Features: Long Polling, BFI_INT, Auto Reconnect


  • Jgarzik - Support: Windows, Linux
  • Ufasoft - Support: Windows, Linux. Features: Long Polling, Failover


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Taken from here. Personally, I am using the GUI minner (which has the poclbm backend). It was easy to setup and it's running fine at Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit with an ATI card.

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In my experience, Linux is far better supported by the Bitcoin community than Windows is. The same goes for ATI vs. Nvidia; ATI cards are far better at doing the calculations required for mining bitcoins, so all the serious miners use them. 32 vs. 64 bit should also be a non-issue; just pick the 64-bit version of the AMD Stream SDK instead of the 32-bit version.

Here's a guide for setting up the Phoenix and poclbm miners on Ubuntu 11.04. Setup should be roughly similar on other distributions.

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