Throughout the world, Bitcoin has split opinions. The famous American investor Warren Buffett once referred to Bitcoin as ‘rat poison’ and there are many people out there who would agree with him. But then there are people who have the same outlook as us, who love Bitcoin – and the crypto space as a whole.
Bitcoin is a form of money that is outside of the government’s reach, it’s a store of value, a hedge in a dwindling economy and potentially can be a life-changing investment. Others will see Bitcoin as a technology that they can mess around with just like one crypto enthusiast who has just got Bitcoin Core running on the Nintendo Switch console.
The user, who goes under the name Vivek on Twitter, has shared images as proof of his feat.
Running Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/fXx0npWKmx
— Vivek (@Cypherm0nk) June 4, 2019
From the image, we can see that the enthusiast is running v0.18.0 of the cryptographic software, over a Linux Ubuntu installation.
The Switch is a widely popular console which has some of the biggest games on it such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and everyone’s favourite Italian plumber, in Super Mario Odyssey.
Some wide-eyed hackers quickly learnt that the Switch could be hacked into a functional Linux tablet, shortly after its release. With the operating system installed, the hackers would be able to run a variety of computer code in line with Linux.
We use the term ‘hacker’ as if it’s a bad thing but that isn’t always the case, especially in this context. Some of them just want to mess about with different tech!
The tweet simply says ‘Running Bitcoin’ which is most likely a nod to a tweet from Hal Finney posted in 2009, which is the first ever instance of some actually using the leading cryptocurrency.
— halfin (@halfin) January 11, 2009