I decided to try out Ethereum and installed Ethereum Wallet for Linux. I created an account and sent some ETH from my Coinbase account. I can see the balance in Etherchain, but my Ethereum Wallet account has a balance of 0.

Ethereum Wallet shows: 2 peers ~1.6mil blocks left 6%

Is this typical of an Ethereum application? Are there better alternatives for Linux?



Since you haven't synced, you're essentially looking in the past. Once you sync to the block where Coinbase sent your funds, it will appear.

Edit: By better, it depends on what you want to do. If you're just looking to interact with Distributed applications dubbed 'Dapps,' MetaMask is a good alternative (https://metamask.io/). It's found in the google apps store and it can also be used to deploy/test code, like the main clients.

If you're more so looking for an IDE, both Truffle (https://github.com/trufflesuite/truffle) and Embark (https://github.com/iurimatias/embark-framework) are good options.

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