I recently decided to do some litecoin mining and would like to ask a couple of newbie questions
I already saw articles explaining why solo mining on a laptop is not very promising, and that mining in a pool with better hardware is an alternative. Before I invest into hardware, I would like to try mining in a pool using Linux machines which I can use for now at the university where I am studying.
If I understand correctly, cgminer can do mining in a pool (via HTTP or stratum). The mining program exchanges data with the pool using the getwork or the newly developed getblocktemplate protocol.
Is it correct that the network traffic in negligible?
If I would be mining let's say 12 hours per day (in the night) during a week, can a sysadmin automatically detect these mining activities based on some metric?
Thanks a lot in advance for your answers!