SlushPool Braiins OS Launches for Bitcoin Miners as Open Source Linux System for Crypto Devices


SlushPool’s Braiins OS Empowers Bitcoin Miners

Czech Republic-based software development company Braiins Systems that operates the first mining pool in the world SlushPool has launched Braiins OS, the very first fully open-source, Linux based system for cryptocurrency embedded devices on September 23rd.

Braiins OS is the very first fully open-source, Linux based system for cryptocurrency embedded devices. This initial release is targeted on mining devices, however since we used OpenWrt as a base, its features can be extended in many directions.

They developed Braiins OS for 2 primary purposes. The first one is that the company believes in open source. If you own the hardware, you should be able to have full control of it without worrying about some “hidden features”. This is unfortunately not the case with the majority of current mining hardware. Secondly, during the years of operating SlushPool, the company encountered many cases of non-standard behavior from mining devices which caused unnecessary issues.

Those “hidden features” were a likely reference to Antbleed, the scandal involving major mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain in early 2017 during which it emerged several versions of its Antminer device could be “backdoored.”

Bitmain soon released a code fix, being forced to issue a statement denying its involvement after facing heavy criticism.

“We never intended to use this feature on any Antminer without authorization from its owner,” it said earlier.

However, for Braiins, mining is only the first step in its plans. Going forward, it hopes to expand the offering to allow Bitcoin users to run Bitcoin and Lightning Network nodes.

The system is currently undergoing alpha-testing and can’t be tested on a large scale yet.

It is available for Antminer S9 and DragonMint T1 only. It is noteworthy that earlier Bitmain presented the next generation ASIC chip BM1391 for mining cryptocurrencies using the SHA256 algorithm and the 7nm semiconductor.

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