Peon’s in feudal times were indentured vassals, often assigned dangerous, tedious and unpleasant work, like mining.MineForeman
It is also as close to the upstream Arch Linux ARM as possible, so much so that I intend to continue using the master repository for all package updates with a small [minepeon] section at the end of /etc/pacman.conf. The goal is you should be able to run an update with ‘pacman -Syu’ at any time for a full update (try it, it works now and will update everything except for the MinePeon specific code, and I hope to include that soon).
The entire distribution will easily fit onto a 2 GB SD card, with a bit of work it would probably squeeze onto a 1 GB card but at the moment it is using a 4GB or better card so I can keep some development stuff on board, you can access this development area if you want to by mounting it with ‘mount /dev/mmcblk0p3 /mnt/’, at the moment it contains a development snapshot of cgminer that I compile on board and a few notes.
I have included a basic apache / php / cgminer api set-up, if you go to http://ip.of.your.peon/ you will see the api-example.php and miner.php directly from the cgminer git source configured and working if you have a miner running. I will be using the api and web-server to collect stats and create graphs shortly.
There is a complete development environment with compiler included, feel free to hack around and do whatever you want with it.
I am also open to suggestions, you tell me what you want (or put a bounty on it) and I will see what I can do to build it into the main line distribution.
Like any free open source project donations are what makes it tick.
MinePeon is fortunate in that you can contribute in a variety of ways including donation some of your hash power. While it is not compulsory you can donate 15 minutes a day (or more) of your harsh rate directly from the MinePeon settings page to help MinePeon grow and improve.
For the curious, below is a graph of what is being donated to MinePeon.