By now there are various possibilities to run your own node. In my opinion, Umbrel is one of the best choices for this.
However, I still find it difficult to set up a suitable test setup. Of course one that covers layer 1 & 2. Therefore my question to you, what is your first choice for a testnet node? Do you run this exclusively pruned and what would be the downsides of this in a test environment?
On GitHub I found this great course (https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Learning-Bitcoin-from-the-Command-Line), it mainly lists the following options:
- bitcoin core VPS via Linode
- compiling from source
- using GordianNode-macOS
- setting up a Bitcoin node on AWS
- setting up a Bitcoin Node on a Raspberry Pi 3
What setup are you using and would you recommend to practice Lightning and Bitcoin on the testnet?
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