Short story and existential dilemma that maybe you can help me with: Maybe I'm just not "smart" enough to get it, but... a friend swears to me I need to be crypto mining; Ethereum specifically. Coin mining is the thing to be doing, he says! All I need to do is spend what amounts to a ton of fiat on a bunch of GPUs, mining rigs, electricity, and attempts to cool your house back down as well. Good crypto is a storehouse for value for when fiat goes belly up. You WILL make profit at some point soon, he swears. Ok. Interest piqued. I start researching crypto and end up finding lots of "nerdy" and amazing Amanda B Johnson, DASH Evangelist, who states that she lives off DASH (instead of fiat), and that the intent of DASH is not to be held onto like gold, but to be used as easily and as often as fiat and perhaps even replace centralized fiat. Sounds really good! DASH is also mineable, so I could in theory exchange my GPU time, electricity, et al, for mining DASH, which appears to have a good conversion rate with fiat. This could be good, since it is taking over the world and all! So, I start looking into mining. I buy a pair of RX480's and EthOS to get started on old equipment because fiat is in short supply, but I take a risk. Averaging 52MH/s. Add a couple of lines here and there in the config.local and mining in approximately 10 minutes! OK, that part was easy. So, what can I do to mine DASH, which seems like a better thing according to all the hype. I went into exile and spent days perusing the DASH forums and scrolling the webs to figure it out and join the domination! Aaaand, THAT was a depressing couple of days. Most all mining info is from 2014, all dated and not very intuitive. I'm a hardware guy, not a programmer. There seems to be very little usable info about mining except that miners exist somewhere and they've all updated to 12.1, but it appears it's ONLY A WALLET. I can buy, sell and trade DASH, but EARNING it?? Looks like a bunch of nope. I see that ASIC miners are disallowed, but also that GPU mining DASH is dead and ASICs are the only way to go to be "profitable". WHAT?? According to Amanda B, DASH is meant to be easy to use by even non-techy people and intends to eventually do away with wallets and all the confusing hub-bub that "normal" people don't understand. Ok, but I find myself agape at the lack of current mining info. Has nothing really changed since 2014? No real optimizations or specialized software geared to mine DASH for non-programmer types? I found this software called MinerGate which appears to allow both CPU and GPU mining and it WORKS WITH DASH!! Oh wait. DASH and Dashcoin are not the same thing, apparently. Shit. I mean, it seems crypto creators can set up and code for a whole network of currency to "mine", but can't likewise make a piece of software that makes mining NOT such a pain in the ass to do for the sake of supporting and legitimizing their "currency"? So what's the point? 400+ competing crypto currencies that *might* turn into something or die while I spent fiat to mine it? Existential, indeed. So, mining DASH is a PIA to a point where I can't "work" for DASH via GPU time and real world costs, it's not really accepted for exchange by many places useful to me and if I want to get some DASH, the "real way" is to exchange fiat for it?? This makes the concept seem pretty pointless in the real world. Like some team winning a world championship, which is great, but hasn't changed anything in the real world. It's like being a laborer hired to work as a physician and getting paid in pink bunkadoos that are not exchangeable for things necessary to life or being in the middle of the ocean selling salt water. That doesn't sound like a "replacement" for fiat *or* a worthwhile engagement for this specific crypto. Maybe I'm just not getting it. Or maybe DASH wants it to be harder to earn, adopt and use for some reason I am unable to fathom? I really wanted to join the revolution. I was jazzed by the DASH mission and wanted to mine it because I'd like to see that dream happen. However, I find that it's so much of a headache that I just don't see a viable reason to care about it and will have be content to "earn" the easy to mine Ethereum during the winters unless I move to Antarctica. So, is Ethereum and the "ease of mining" in EthOS really just a set up for Dummies to make it more used and "relevant"? Or am I just not "smart" enough to get why I should mine DASH and how to get mining working without command line headaches? What am I missing here? Anyone?