Litecoin: Bitcoin’s little brother
Litecoin is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency and open source software project. Inspired by and technically nearly identical to bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin’s creation and transfer is based on an open source protocol and is not managed by any central authority.
Created on October 7, 2011 by Charlie Lee, a former Google employee. Litecoin was a fork of the Bitcoin Core client, differing primarily by having a decreased block generation time (2.5 minutes), increased maximum number of coins, different hashing algorithm, and a slightly modified graphic user interface.
Check out Litecoin’s website for all the official news and updates about the cryptocurrency. This site has information about what Litecoin is, where and how you can buy it, and different wallets and exchanges you can use. They also have a Core Development-specific website that you can visit, which is also a great resource for information on Litecoin. From the dev website, you can download Litecoin Core for Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. This site also has a decent amount of information on the purpose and uses of the Litecoin project.