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June 12, 2011, 07:21:25 PM
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Hi everyone, so I've been looking into Bitcoins for about a week now and was wondering, which Bitcoin miner came first? I've already done the basic googling and searched the forum for it, but no answer, so I'm starting a thread.

As I understand it, Bitcoin miners are the programmes that are adding to the block chain, then the Bitcoin client checks the blockchain for validity etc. I don't know if the miners check the blockchain too, but that's not entirely relevant. So, if its only the 'miners' that are adding to the blockchain, to start the blockchain, one of them must have come first/been developed by bitcoin.org. Which one?

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June 12, 2011, 07:26:25 PM
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If I remember correctly, it was the default bitcoin client, i.e. the one downloaded from this site.
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June 12, 2011, 07:29:49 PM
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If I remember correctly, it was the default bitcoin client, i.e. the one downloaded from this site.

Ah, so the regular Bitcoin client used to add to the blockchain as well, but once other miners starting popping up they decided to remove that functionality, would I be right in thinking that?

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June 12, 2011, 07:34:55 PM
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If I remember correctly, it was the default bitcoin client, i.e. the one downloaded from this site.

Yeah, the default client used to have a basic CPU miner built in, but CPU mining became really inefficient, so they removed it.

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June 12, 2011, 07:43:11 PM
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Yeah, the default client used to have a basic CPU miner built in, but CPU mining became really inefficient, so they removed it.

Okay then, does anyone have any idea of which version this existed in? It looks like the CPU miner they built in is still available, but just not in the GUI, if this was removed in 0.3.22 - From this changelog. That is, if the 'Generate Coins' option was the built-in miner.
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June 12, 2011, 09:21:22 PM
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It was removed in 0.3.22.

The first GPU miner was by ArtForz, but it was private. I think the first public GPU miner was by puddinpop.

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June 14, 2011, 09:24:05 PM
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It was removed in 0.3.22.

The first GPU miner was by ArtForz, but it was private. I think the first public GPU miner was by puddinpop.

Oh, okay. Thanks.
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