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Return to Feathercoin and future development
Today is the first day that I start work on the Feathercoin 0.13 client, I’m very happy to be back in Feathercoin development as I’ve been away from it and crypto in general for quite a while and only just returned last summer.
To quickly update those who do not know where I’ve been I went to work for Hullcoin over two years ago under contract, the contract did not allow me to work on other projects, they hit a funding hiatus in Summer 2017 breaching my contract allowing me to return. Afterwards I contributed to the 0.9.6.2 release getting NeoScrypt to work properly for Scrypt hashing, update getwork for NeoScrypt, restore CheckProofOfWork with NeoScrypt profile as well as a few other changes. The rest of the time I’ve been working on commissioned projects to pay the bills, as well as progress UFO development, I was brought in to work on UFO in 2014 and have now adopted it as my own. UFO uses NeoScrypt and I took on commissioned work for Guncoin because it also uses NeoScrypt, it is an excellent updated version of Scrypt and it deserves to get more attention.
During the last half a year I’ve earned enough to cover myself for the next quarter of a year, at the end of that period we would hope to have a bigger user base and the kind of success that demonstrates the merits technical development. This will help us crowd fund to bring in additional skill sets and progress the tech in multiple directions at once or secure direct investment, there are good ideas out there but to see them implemented we need to be able to pay for developers time. These are concerns for later as we can now progress with the next client which will bring us up-to-date and drive development forward.
Feathercoin 0.13 is the client that I am starting on today, that version of the Bitcoin codebase has all the soft fork logic for the IsSuperMajority and Version Bits methods for soft forks. With the 0.13 client released we will be gaining the soft forks for OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY, CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY and everyone’s favourite, Segregated Witness. We certainly do not need the increased capacity that comes with SegWit but this will allow us to use other tech built on top of it like the Lightning Network which I believe is currently in the RC1 stage.
Once we have 0.13 and all soft forks enabled we can follow Bitcoin’s codebase more closely to keep us at the very front of developments, pursue other technology like Lightning Network and find some unique solutions, some suggestions have been made like adding Smart Contracts, this is an area that needs its own investigation as there are simple and complex solutions to this request.
There are many other changes between the current stable 0.9.x release and 0.13 the most notable of are the following.
Headers first synchronization
Dynamic transaction fees
Hierarchical Deterministic Key Generation
REST API interface
Improved signing security
Native Watch-only mode
Separate feathercoin-tx binary
Memory usage optimization
Stream isolation for Tor
Disable wallet transaction broadcast
Block file pruning
Signature validation using libsecp256k1
Notifications through ZMQ
NODE_BLOOM service bit
Opt-in Replace-by-fee transactions
Direct headers announcement
Compact Block support
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Great news, thanks for the update.
Man, count with me.
Welcome back! I’ve truely waited for that moment!
And there are many many use cases outside the “currency” feature. Lets go!
I’ve only been into crypto for about 7 months now, but in that short time I have become an avid fan of FTC, UFO, and neoscrypt in general. Please keep up the good work, man! This post has me even more excited for the future of FTC than I was 10 minutes ago…and that’s saying something!!