What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software which enables the use of this currency. The abbreviation for Bitcoin is BTC. The smallest denomination which is currently 0.00000001 BTC is called a Satoshi, which is named after the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.
Bitcoin has no official central bank. Each Bitcoin Wallet is essentially a central bank of it's' own able to transfer BItcoins to any other wallet on the network. All Bitcoins are transferred through a unique Bitcoin Address generated within your wallet. It is recommended to create a new Address for each transaction, or at least for each account you are transacting with. A label can be added to each Bitcoin Address, which makes it easy to identify where the transaction came from, otherwise, it's very difficult to identify transactions. All Bitcoins are stored in a Bitcoin Wallet, which can be an appplication on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or even a 3rd-party hosted wallet service such as Coinbase. There are several other major online Bitcoin Wallets, or E-wallets, that are available right now. We list them below with other helpful Bitcoin websites.
There is even someone selling physical Bitcoins called Casascius, which are equal to their amount in digital Bitcoins, and can be redeemed to your wallet.
Online Bitcoin Wallets
PC, Mac, Linux Bitcoin Wallet Clients
- Satoshi Client
- Multibit - Fash, Easy to Use. Has a YouTube Channel to help get you started.
- Armory - Adds additional features to the Satoshi client for power users.
- Electrum - Fast, Simple Client
Mobile Bitcoin Clients
- Bitcoin Wallet - Standalone Android Wallet
Bitcoin Mining Software
- GUIMiner - A graphical front-end to mine Bitcoins with the Satoshi Client, or other Bitcoin mining software.
- BitMinter - A Bitcoin mining pool with it's own client, so very easy to get started mining Bitcoins in a Bitcoin Mining Pool.
- CGMiner - A standalone GPU miner written in C.
- Phoenix 2 - A standalone GPU miner.
- DiabloMiner - Another standalone GPU miner.
Bitcoin Mining Pools
- BTCGuild - One of the oldest and largest Bitcoin Mining Pools on the Internet.
- BitcoinPlus - Browser based Bitcoin mining pool. By far the easiest way to get started mining Bitcoins, but possibly the slowest also.
- Slush's Pool
Bitcoin Network Information
More Bitcoin Information
- Cryptocoin Mining Information - Compares all current cryptocoins including Bitcoin, Litecoin, and all derivatives.