I've been watching bitcoin for upwards of 5 years and I've been a lurker of this subreddit for at least 3 years. After having to deal with a gauntlet over at /r/btc for questioning some of their views and after witnessing their overall behavior, I'm more sure than ever that the best way forward is Bitcoin Core, SegWit and Lightning Network.
What can I do to help ensure that SegWit happens? I'd like to know about all possible avenues I can travel. I'm willing to advocate, start businesses that promote SegWit, mine or anything else.
I'm fairly tech savvy, I'm an avid Linux user and currently focusing on an education in CompSci. I run some small businesses and I'm willing to try anything that can be started with a small initial investment.
Regarding mining, I've never tried it. I've simply never had worthy hardware or the cash flow to invest (regrets). What is the best way to get started with mining at a low starting budget? Would a Digital Ocean droplet be a good start? What current (2017) resources are available to give me a good understanding of the options? I remember reading that ASIC miners will stop becoming obsolete so quickly this year.