23 May, 2018

ethOS Mining OS

ethOS Mining OS

ethOS is a 64-bit linux OS that mines EthereumZcashMonero, and other GPU-minable coins. Altcoins can be autotraded to Bitcoin. Please see the ethOS knowledge base for documentation and answers to common questions.

There are 110,714 ethOS rigs mining on 680,768 GPUs.

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Features

  • Boots and mines: Automatic IP/hostname assignment, no need to install any drivers, configure XWindows, or compile any software.
  • Supports up to 16 NVIDIA GPUs: Any 2GB+ GTX 900 and GTX 1000 series.
  • Supports up to 13 AMD RX Series GPUs: Including support for RX Series voltage control and Z170/X/Z270/X/Ryzen Chipsets.
  • Supports up to 8 AMD R7/R9 Series GPUs: Any 2GB+ HD 7000 series, any R9 200/300/Fury/Nano.
  • Supports multiple coins: Ready to mine Ethereum, Zcash, Monero and many other gpu-minable coins.
  • Browser-based terminal: allow setup and configuration of ethOS rigs by connecting to their IP addresses via your web browser.
  • Supports all hardforks and softforks: No need for extra Blockchain storage, blockchain syncing handled by pools and wallets.
  • Works on your hardware: Running on thousands of rigs with thousands of different components.
  • Remote configuration: Instruct rig to remote reboot, set core clocks, mem clocks, fan control, pool info, and other settings remotely.
  • Extremely lightweight: Works with weakest possible CPU made in the last 5 generations on only 2gb of ram.
  • GPU overheat protection: GPUs will automatically throttle or turn off if they reach temperature thresholds.
  • Stratum enabled: Automatically configured to mine via efficient stratum.
  • Automatic reporting: Web panel with detailed rig statistics, charts, and event reports (example).
  • Easy KVM: A terminal window opens with focus on boot, no mouse required.
  • Easy update: Update to the latest ethOS version with a single command.
  • Fast startup: Fast miner startup, low disk/cpu usage, and no out-of-space issues.
  • Bios flashing: atiflash utility allows for quick gpu bios flashing.

Development

ethOS was released in February of 2016. All proceeds from ethOS sales are distributed among the development team.

See ethOS changelog.

Version Released on Contributors
ethOS 1.3.1 Apr 4 2018 7
ethOS 1.3.0 Feb 28 2018 6
ethOS 1.2.9 Jan 6 2018 5
ethOS 1.2.7 Nov 19 2017 5
ethOS 1.2.6 Nov 17 2017 5
ethOS 1.2.5 Sep 15 2017 5
ethOS 1.2.4 Sep 3 2017 5
ethOS 1.2.3 Jul 4 2017 4
ethOS 1.2.2 May 26 2017 4
ethOS 1.2.1 April 30 2017 5
ethOS 1.2.0 Mar 16 2017 4
ethOS 1.1.9 Jan 19 2017 5
ethOS 1.1.8 Dec 22 2016 3
ethOS 1.1.7 Dec 21 2016 3
ethOS 1.1.6 Nov 18 2016 3
ethOS 1.1.5 Nov 15 2016 4
ethOS 1.1.4 Nov 5 2016 4
ethOS 1.1.3 Oct 31 2016 5
ethOS 1.1.2 Oct 8 2016 5
ethOS 1.1.1 Aug 21 2016 4
ethOS 1.1.0 Aug 15 2016 5
ethOS 1.0.7 Jul 24 2016 3
ethOS 1.0.6 Jun 20 2016 3
ethOS 1.0.5 May 4 2016 3
ethOS 1.0.4 Mar 31 2016 3
ethOS 1.0.3 Mar 18 2016 3
ethOS 1.0.2 Mar 14 2016 2
ethOS 1.0.1 Mar 4 2016 2
ethOS 1.0.0 Feb 15 2016 3

Limitations of Scope

The following features are possible on ethOS, but must be done without the support of ethOS developers or staff. Performing the below actions should be done at your own risk.

  • CPU Mining and ASIC Management.
  • Mining via getwork over the Internet (causes loss of work due to latency, packet loss, and stale shares).
  • Solo-mining (requires downloading the blockchain and running a node on another system).
  • Wireless networking (causes packet loss, regardless of operating system, especially in large deployments).
  • GUI-based rig management (all required management is done through config files).
  • Dual mining mutiple coins (causes instability, extra power use, and possible melted/damaged components).
  • Dual-PSU systems (if any issue is resolved by using a single PSU, it is a hardware problem).
  • Multi-Algo Switching (causes 10-20% chance of failure during switches, due to GPU crashes and power fluctuations).
  • Mining coins below the “Top 30” minable coins list on CoinMarketCap (low-volume coins can crash quickly).
  • VBIOS Flashing (has the potential to brick GPUs).
  • Self-regulating reboots (does not fix any hardware, software, or configuration problem).
  • Installing on HDDs or USB 2.0 drives (slow bootup may cause management script errors).
  • Mining on Enterprise-Class GPUs (high cost/hash ratio GPUs will never ROI).
  • Mixing AMD/NVIDIA in the same rig (they use different drivers that cannot work together).

Requirements

  • At least 8gb USB 3.0 / HDD / SSD
  • 64-bit system
  • GPUs

Getting Support

There is no email or skype support for ethOS. Please see the “Getting Support” section of the ethOS knowledge base.

Licensing

ethOS is released under the “Small Goat with Red Eyes” license. You should buy one ethOS from gpuShack.com per each rig on which you intend to run ethOS. If you don’t, a small goat with red eyes will visit you while you sleep.

ethOS is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Certain files, that are distributed along-side ethOS, may be licensed under separate license agreements. The GNU General Public license does not extend to these files. End-users must remove these files prior to distributing ethOS itself.

ethOS is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with ethOS. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses

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