Umbrel, an operating system (OS) specifically designed to run a Bitcoin node, Lightning Network node, and other self-hosted applications on a Raspberry Pi, today announced a partnership with node hardware maker Bitcoin The Bitcoin Machines to offer a plug-and-play to the Umbrel server solution.
“The server features a beautiful all-aluminum design with a 1.8” display and is powered by a Raspberry Pi 4 with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 8 GB of RAM, with the option to choose between 1 TB and 2TB SSD for storage, “the company said in a statement sent to Bitcoin Magazine.
Umbrel delighted non-technical users of the Bitcoin community when it first started out due to the emphasis on usability, user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). Still, users had to manually install the operating system on a Raspberry Pi. The new offering aims to provide the ability to run a Bitcoin node for even more people, as all the user has to do is plug in the device preconfigured on its routers, with no configuration required. The server is already available for order on The Bitcoin Machines store, at $ 429 for the 1TB option and $ 559 for 2TB.
“Since our launch, people have been constantly amazed at how easily it has become possible to run your Bitcoin and Lightning Network node, and now a full personal server, with Umbrel,” said Mayank Chhabra, Co-Founder and CEO of ‘Umbrel. “But from a hardware standpoint, putting together your own Umbrel server … still requires several steps which can be intimidating for many.”
“This is why we are delighted to partner with The Bitcoin Machines to offer a plug-and-play Umbrel server,” Chhabra added, “you literally just need to connect the device to your router, turn it on, and that’s it! Digital self-sovereignty and privacy have become much more accessible to the masses. “
Running your own Bitcoin node is vital for many reasons, but perhaps the most important is that it is the only way for you to know for sure how many Bitcoin you have. A node is the only way for you to truly profit from Bitcoin’s untrustworthy property; if you don’t run a node yourself, someone will run one for you.
Umbrel started out as an operating system that sought to provide traditional users with an easier-to-use way to participate in the Bitcoin peer-to-peer network. More recently, however, the operating system expanded its offers by activating ten new self-hosted applications in its app store. Users were then able to set up their own standalone and private solutions, including file hosting, messaging, photo and video hosting, among others.