A cryptocurrency is a digital way to exchange goods and pay for them. There are many cryptocurrencies:
They have also the following characteristics:
If the currency has a low-level of difficulty, you might perhaps be able to do solo-mining, but it is usually recommended to join a pool and join efforts with others for a more steady income generated. Two main softwares are available: bfgminer and cgminer. A preference for the former though as there are packages for it on many platforms and you don’t need to bother about any custom builds.
In order to join a pool, use a command like this one:
cgminer -o $STRATUM_TCP_POOL_URL -u $WORKER_NAME -p $WORKER_PASSWORD bfgminer -o $STRATUM_TCP_POOL_URL -u $WORKER_NAME -p $WORKER_PASSWORD
Detect the devices available on your system (in this case antminer):
bfgminer -d? -S antminer:all
Note that when using a device like some USB GPU miner, you might need to change its chown permissions to the user with which you are running the pool mining software.
Here is how to do overcloacking for an antminer:
bfgminer --set-device antminer:clock=$CLOAK_CODE
With the following codes available: