The Breakthrough

The 21 Bitcoin Computer is a full Linux machine geared for Bitcoin as a basic internet protocol. According to the company, the server can mine Bitcoin from the command line out of the box, and can even set up a decentralized store using bitcoin. The key to the machine is that it includes 21's mining chip, which the startup hopes to make into a key component of many consumer computers.

The Implications

21 is based around the idea that one day the Bitcoin blockchain and underpinning technology will become as essential to the internet as the IP protocol. The startup has aimed their sights high, and many bitcoiners aren't sure what to make of the 21 Bitcoin Computer yet. But rest assured, 21 is dreaming big. We'll see what the response is once people get them into their homes this November.

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