August 2016



Reddcoin Weekly Development Update


Welcome again Reddheads to another weekly update of Reddcoin Development.

It has been almost 2 weeks since the new Reddcoin Core wallet was deployed and it is good to see the steady uptake. The blockchain is at approx 60% v4 blocks (BIP66)

Just want to keep reminding you, that if you are staking, and you are on old clients, once the network reached 85% you will not be able to validate your blocks and you will lose your stake reward.

Deployment of the new wallet was a milestone for Reddcoin development, and the new features in the wallet allow for the implementation of various blockchain based services.

It is now time to turn attention towards the future of Reddcoin …

Development Roadmap:

It has been a long time since the last development roadmap had been put to the community August 1, 2014.

For the last few months, I have been pulling together my thoughts for what lays ahead. And over the coming weeks I will placing more energy and emphasis on this to get it completed and published.

Already there is an ambitious feature list covering many technologies, but remaining true to ‘The Social Currency’.

It is hoped that now the Reddcoin Core wallet has been released, and with a healthy vision for the future that the development community can be invigorated to become actively involved once again.

Developers Wanted:

We are always on the look-out for new developers, If you have an interested in c++, js or python drop me a line, I have some interesting projects that need attention.

Development Fund-Raising:

I have held off a long time for pursuing the fund raising discussion. But I think the time is right to now revisit it.

Some of you may recall, that we had a very healthy discussion here last year that was well received, but due to the complexities of creating and maintaining multi-sig addresses, and the lack of staking support, it lost momentum.

Delivering the Core wallet this month was a motivation to bring this topic back. So I want to put it on the table again, and move it past just being a pledge and bringing it to fruition.

Your donations and support will help drive Reddcoin succes!!

I am proposing to create a very simple mechanism for accepting donations into normal addresses which would be under the control of trusted team members. Using that mechanism would allow those funds to be kept online and staking (also supporting the network) and at the same time, provide transparency to the community in the fact that the donation address(es) would be publicly visible.

The collected funds, and the staking rewards would be used to cover various operational expenses (hosting services, email ,etc), advertising, supporting developers, and special promotions.

Donation Addresses

PurposeAddress
Development FundRaWe7UEQ1p2PYmdwbCxAThrq4GucNh3Q6s
Administration FundRfmC2s2zUwkWT6cZNQiKQ6VN5xYVS3jE3V
Operations FundRwjWKJMY6NNehGWvWRQqmUw7HTriD2GDEB
  • The Development Fund will help support the development team
  • The Administration Fund will help support the ongoing admin costs
  • The Operations Fund will help support the network infrastructure

International Community Expanding

In the last weeks I had the fortune to chat with 2 different community members who are very active in their own space and wanting to launch localised Reddcoin forums and blogs.

The first is based in China, where the Reddcoin community is slowly growing. It is now at the point where a dedicated information site and forum tailored for the Chinese speaking users is needed.

Reddcoin China

The other is an Italian Blogger who is working to bring all the Reddcoin news into native Italian. They have established:

Italian Facebook group and
Italian Reddcoin Community Blog

If you are creating localised news and content for Reddcoin, I am interested to hear from you.

Things that are on my radar for the coming months.

With the new wallet operating exceptionally, these are the things that are now occupying my activities.

  • Implementation of Redd-id
  • Tipping platform
  • Investigate PoSV2
  • Add improvements to Reddcoin Core wallet
  • Browser Wallet

Getting involved

We are a global community, and cross many borders but boundaries do not need to hinder us.

The crypto currency world has not reached its tipping point yet, but when it does, it is sure to escalate at an amazing rate. There are going to be many ups and downs, and an interesting ride for sure.

If you would like to get involved and dont know where to start, reach out and we will see where you can jump in@Deadpool has a great Trello site going with activities that need looking at.


In Closing

Thank you for your patience.
I know in this arena things projects move fast, but I am confident that we now have a platform to move forward.
There are lots of exciting projects out there, but none quite touch on the ideas I have in mind.

As always, there is still plenty to do, and there is no time for resting.

So where ever you are, enjoy your week ahead

Keep on staking!

Gnasher
(John Nash)

x-posted (https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/900/state-of-the-redd-nation-august-22-2016)

Reddcoin Weekly Development Update


Welcome again Reddheads to another weekly update of Reddcoin Development.

The highlight of this last week if you missed it was the launch of the new Reddcoin Core v2.0 wallet, re-written and based off of Bitcoin.

This was released publicly on 13th August 2016 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time). If you would like to get yourself a copy, the official download location is from Github

Looking to the future:

There is so much potential in the crypto-space and there is a lot of scope in which to develop using Reddcoin. There are 2 projects that currently stand out to me. #Blockstack and #Yoursnetwork.

Both these projects are interesting as they build on existing blockchain stacks (Bitcoin), rather than to go off and invent another blockchain.

Of particular interest is Blockstack, whom I have been following since the very early stages of their development in 2014. Essentially a decentralised DNS and storage. Applications like this that extend the usability and functionality of a blockchain in new ways.

I also quite like the concept of Yoursnetwork for their own take on providing a micro-channel payment platform for content creators and curators.

If you havent already, you should take a look at both these projects

Things that are on my radar for the coming months.

With the new wallet operating exceptionally, these are the things that are now occupying my activities.

  • Implementation of Redd-id
  • Tipping platform
  • Investigate PoSV2
  • Add improvements to Reddcoin Core wallet
  • Browser Wallet

New v2.0 Wallet in service

The new wallet has been in service for nearly 5 days now, and there has been a good uptake by users.

The SuperMajority for the implementation of BIP66 is progressing well. In the last 7200 blocks (Version 3 = 4561 Version 4 = 2640 SuperMajority = 57.882).

There has also been some good constructive feedback as the wallet has entered the public domain.

I have fixed a couple of items in the master branch on Github (instructions on how to add URI support on Debian, and merged a pull request for a compilation issue in rpcrawtransaction.cpp from Sjolus)

Using the rest of this week for monitoring the progress…

International Community

China

This last week I have been spending some time in the chat forums (QQ) in China. Helping where needed. I have had some great talks with the guys and girls there, and I am excited for future developments in this region. There is an interest

Developers wanted

If your interested in c++, js or python drop me a line, I have some interesting projects that need attention.

Getting involved

We are a global community, and cross many borders but boundaries do not need to hinder us.

The crypto currency world has not reached its tipping point yet, but when it does, it is sure to escalate at an amazing rate. There are going to be many ups and downs, and an interesting ride for sure.

If you would like to get involved and dont know where to start, reach out and we will see where you can jump in@Deadpool has a great Trello site going with activities that need looking at.


In Closing

Thank you for your patience.
I know in this arena things projects move fast, but I am confident that we now have a platform to move forward.
There are lots of exciting projects out there, but none quite touch on the ideas I have in mind.

As always, there is still plenty to do, and there is no time for resting.

So where ever you are, enjoy your week ahead

Keep on staking!

Gnasher
(John Nash)

x-posted (https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/886/state-of-the-redd-nation-august-15-2016)

Official Release – Reddcoin Core v2.0.0 Wallet

Dear Reddheads:

I am pleased to announce that the new v2.0.0 wallet is now officially released.

You can download pre-compiled binaries directly from our (https://github.com/reddcoin-project/reddcoin/releases/tag/v2.0.0.0) account. Or if you prefer, you can compile directly from source.

  • Linux 32 & 64 bit
  • Windows 32 & 64 bit
  • OSx 64 bit
  • Updated bootstrap.dat (if needed)

Reddcoin 2.0.0 is a complete rebuild based off Bitcoin 0.9. This means in terms of the code-base we have introduced all the Bitcoin changes up to and including v0.9.5 into this version of Reddcoin Core.

Taking this path will allow faster adoption of critical fixes and features.

Within this release we have also included some features from the 0.10 bitcoin build, including a connected peers tab and visual bandwidth monitoring

We suggest to read the release notes of Bitcoin up to and including 0.9.5 to get a full understanding of the changes.

On top of the new features, Reddcoin Core v2.0.0 update contains very important security fixes and all users MUST upgrade to this version as soon as possible. Details on several vulnerabilities were made public by the Bitcoin team(Official Bitcoin warning) regarding the issues. It is particularly important that users who are staking do upgrade.

This release introduces BIP66, and version 4 blocks. Once BIP 66 is enforced, version 3 blocks will be rejected from the network entirely as they contain less secure transactions.

This means, if you are staking, you need to upgrade so that you don’t risk miss out on your staking rewards

Details of other notable changes are posted on Github Releases

To Upgrade

First, make a copy (backup) of your existing wallet.dat and Reddcoin data folder

Where to find your Reddcoin data folder?

  1. Windows: C:\Users\USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Reddcoin
  2. Mac: /Users/USER NAME/Library/Application Support/Reddcoin
  3. Linux:~/.reddcoin

Install Reddcoin Core software

  1. Uninstall your old wallet
  2. Install your new wallet

If you follow this procedure, we should be able to help you further if the need arises.

The new wallet is compatible with the old blockchain files. There is no need to re-sync from the start.

Regards

Gnasher (John)

 

x-posted (https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/880/wallet-official-release-reddcoin-core-v2-0-0)

Reddcoin Weekly Development Update


Welcome again Reddheads to another weekly update of Reddcoin Development.

This month of August will usher in a new era for Reddcoin and its future development.

After 9 months of work, and with the help of volunteers for testing and translations, and with some work provided by the original developers, I am pleased to announce that the new Reddcoin wallet v2.0 is ready to go live onto the main blockchain.

If you are not aware, with this release we have taken a fork from Bitcoin (rather than Litecoin as originally). Using this as a base, it will pave the way for easier feature implementation from the upstream Bitcoin core software that launched most other coins.

Thank you everyone for your patience while this work has been undertaken.
And thank you for everyone who took the time to get involved.
Over the coming months, the goal will be to introduce more upstream updates into the Reddcoin Core to further improve the Reddcoin network…

Here is the current status of what else is happening:

  • All work for v2.0 wallet is finalised.
  • Continue testing of block chain synchronisation on different platforms.
  • Creating an updated official bootstrap.dat and testing.
  • Release notes and other documentation updates.
  • Continue investigating the performance and behaviour of PoSV.
  • Investigate PoSV2 and improving network node support
  • Continue development of ReddID

New v2.0 Wallet is now ready

I have been saying it for a while now, but I am pleased to announce to you that the new wallet is now ready. I have completed putting the finishing touches and tidying the repository to a point where I feel it is ready for mainstream adoption.

Release Date: 13th August 2016 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Notable changes

  • Code-base switched to Bitcoin
  • New utility applications
  • Faster blockchain synchronization
  • Strict signature encoding (BIP66)
  • Staking v4 blocks
  • OP_Return 80byte data transactions
  • RPC access changes
  • Stakeminer will wait for both the blockchain and network on non encrypted wallets
  • QT includes network bandwidth and connected peer details
  • New DNS Seeds added

Reddcoin v2.0 will be provided as both downloadable binaries and also compile from source

  • 32bit Linux binaries
  • 64bit Linux binaries
  • 32bit binaries
  • 64bit Windows binaries
  • 64bit OSx binary
  • Updated bootstrap.dat

In the meantime, in preparation of this public release of the new wallet, I am continuing to contact and engage with the various major exchanges and 3rd party services to advise them that we will have an updated wallet in the near future.

Developers wanted

If your interested in c++, js or python drop me a line, I have some interesting projects that need attention.

Getting involved

We are a global community, and cross many borders but boundaries do not need to hinder us.

The crypto currency world has not reached its tipping point yet, but when it does, it is sure to escalate at an amazing rate. There are going to be many ups and downs, and an interesting ride for sure.

If you would like to get involved and dont know where to start, reach out and we will see where you can jump in@Deadpool has a great Trello site going with activities that need looking at.


In Closing

Thank you for your patience.
I know in this arena things projects move fast, but I am confident that we now have a platform to move forward.
There are lots of exciting projects out there, but none quite touch on the ideas I have in mind.

As always, there is still plenty to do, and there is no time for resting.

So where ever you are, enjoy your week ahead

Keep on staking!

Gnasher
(John Nash)

 

x-posted https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/866/state-of-the-redd-nation-august-08-2016

Reddcoin Weekly Development Update


Welcome again Reddheads to another weekly monthly update of Reddcoin Development.

My apologies for what became a large gap in these updates, my focus had turned mainly to family over the last weeks as my son had been admitted to ICU some weeks back with a life threatening condition. This is now resolved and he is well on the road to recovery.

So now I can turn my attention back within the crypto-sphere and particularly with Reddcoin of course.

And although I have not been updating too much over this time, I have been generally keeping across the news and events in the crypto-space, and the last 4 weeks have not been without their share of excitement.

Probably the biggest news outside of Reddcoin and if you follow Ethereum and DAO, you no doubt have seen an interesting morphing of these projects, which recently has split off to 2 separate coins ETH and ETC. Time will tell how this plays out.

And although this external news is all quite interesting, my focus remains with the Reddcoin project and what needs to be delivered.

Here is the current status of what is happening:

  • All work for v2.0 wallet is now nearing completion.
  • Determining write access to reddcoin-project Gitub.
  • Schedule ReddcoinTalk forum software update
  • Continue contacting various 3rd party services to advise of the pending new wallet.
  • Continue testing of block chain synchronisation on different platforms.
  • Creating updated official bootstrap.dat and testing.
  • Release notes and other documentation updates.
  • Continue investigating the performance and behaviour of PoSV.
  • Investigate PoSV2
  • Continue development of ReddID

New v2.0 Wallet is now almost complete

I have been saying it for a while, but the new wallet is almost completed. I have been putting the finishing touches and tidying the repository.

As you are probably aware, the original fork of Reddcoin was taken from litecoin, with this wallet build, it is now forked from bitcoin.

Over the last few weeks, I have been working with Jonathan to be granted write access to the official Reddcoin github repository and to be able to upload the relevant commits and compiled wallets. This access has now been granted.

So what will be provided when this release made public is:

  • 32bit & 64bit Linux binaries
  • 32bit & 64bit Windows binaries
  • 64bit OSx binary
  • Updated bootstrap.dat

In the meantime, in preparation of this public release of the new wallet, I am continuing to contact and engage with the various major exchanges and 3rd party services to advise them that we will have an updated wallet in the near future.

Reddcointalk Forum

Anyone who has visited the ReddcoinTalk forum over recent months would realise that we were starting to get a few issues operationally. Particularly regarding emails not going out.

Basically, one of the services that we use changed access, due to them changing their pricing structure. This subsequently broke our ability to be able to send emails out. In order to resolve this, we updated and changed email providers, but this also required updating the forum software to a more recent release.

Thankfully nodeBB is quite an active and developed product (active development is good to see). In the last 12 months or so, their releases have gone from 0.6.x to 1.1.x.

In order to upgrade the forum, it was needed to step through each of the releases incrementally. That’s 5 upgrades!!

Long story short, I put some priority to get this testing done, validate the upgrade process and to make sure nothing would break. And last week, committed to get it rolled out.

The good news is, ReddcoinTalk is now running the most current software (v1.1.0), and everything seems to be working

Redd-ID

Over these last weeks, I have become more confident that the new wallet is now in a good state for release. With that, my attention has turned to the features of Redd-ID.

A couple of things have been taking place with this.

  • Preparing a simple technology presentation involving web sign-up and ID browsing and running on testnet
  • Bringing features into the back-end
  • Designing the overall interface and on-boarding for 3rd parties
  • Designing the integration for social media

With the new v2 wallet, up to 80 bytes are available for OP_Return transactions which leaves a lot of scope for on-chain metadata and social networking ideas

Translations

I would like to thank again @Serkan34 who over the last months performed a commendable job in preparing languages to import into the new wallet. This brought the UI quite a few steps forward and we now have fairly good coverage for our international user base.

If you are interested, this is still a great way to contribute.

  • French (100% completed
  • Spanish (100% completed)
  • Dutch (100% completed)
  • Russian (100% completed)
  • German (99% completed)
  • Chinese (99% completed)
  • Turkish (99% completed)
  • Swedish (98% completed)
  • Italian (98% completed)
  • Danish (97% completed)
  • Czech (97% completed)
  • Norwegian (97% complete)
  • Portuguese (96% completed)
  • Polish (96% completed)
  • Ukrainian (94% complete)
  • Icelandic (88% completed)
  • Indonesian (87% completed)
  • Greek (85% completed)
  • Romanian (82% completed)
  • Hungarian (78% completed)
  • Korean (73% completed)
  • Tagalog (15% completed)
  • Hindi (0% completed)

Getting involved

We are a global community, and cross many borders but boundaries do not need to hinder us.

The crypto currency world has not reached its tipping point yet, but when it does, it is sure to escalate at an amazing rate. There are going to be many ups and downs, and an interesting ride for sure.

If you would like to get involved and dont know where to start, reach out and we will see where you can jump in@Deadpool has a great Trello site going with activities that need looking at.


In Closing

Apologies again for the lack of updates, I should now be able to get these back to being more frequent moving forward.

As always, there is still plenty to do, but we are now closer to a public release of the wallet, which in turn will allow more development time for other cool features. A lot has been achieved already, and it feels like now is putting the polish on the final product.

I thank you all for your patience and support, it has been a long road, but the journey has been worth it.

So where ever you are, enjoy your week ahead

Keep on staking!

x-posted on (https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/862/state-of-the-redd-nation-august-01-2016)