Disclaimer: I'm a noob to mining, go easy on me.
I have multiple computers and plan on having them all start mining.
Here are my questions:
1. Should I setup my own Bitcoin pool for my own machines to connect to and mine myself or should I join a pool?
1a. If so, which pool should I join? [best payout, most conversions, etc..]
2. I'm currently looking at GUIMiner, It seems to run and function on my Windows based machines, but I have multiple other machines running Linux that I would like to put in as well, what is suggested for each platform for the maximum Mhash/s?
I'm sorry, I've searched a bit, but can never find a clear answer. Any guidance is really appreciated!