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I want to run a stake pool for fun and learning purposes and not for profit. What are the minimum hardware requirement for that? I have an old laptop with 2Gig RAM and 256Gig storage.

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    If it's purely for fun and learning, I assume it will be on testnet. Your laptop may be able to run 1 testnet node if you use swap space. But you will need 2 nodes. (1 BP and 1 Relay). Have you considered using docker in your main computer? It's how I set up my testnet before moving it to vps.
    – Piggy Bank
    May 1 at 17:08
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As per this documentation, https://docs.cardano.org/en/latest/getting-started/stake-pool-operators/creating-a-stake-pool.html,

in terms of hardware, you should ensure you have the following:

  • 8 GB of RAM

  • 24 GB of hard disk space

  • a good network connection and about 1 GB of bandwidth per hour

  • a public IP4 address

Note that processor speed is not a significant factor for running a stake pool.

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  • Do I need to be online all the time? Is it possible to connect for a few hours and then shut it down for a day or two? May 1 at 12:04
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    Your pool needs to be online each time it is schedule to produce a block. May 1 at 12:39
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    If your pool is not online with enough time for it to catch up to the current block before its' time to produce a block, then it can't! May 1 at 15:01

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