August 2016 (III)
This week, we’ve completed 25% of the snapshot process for the future distribution of the ARDR token. Those of you who have kept their NXT stake from the beginning of this process (July, 14th), should have received 1/4th of your NXT stake in ARDR (and growing).
However, the Nxt development team doesn’t stop during the summer. The previous experimental version, 1.10.1e, has been a success. Just a few days later, the Core Devs have released the official version – 1.10.1
Below is a selection of the most important and remarkable news that have taken place in the Nxt ecosystem during this week:
- New version NRS 1.10.1
- Download the new Nxt client from the AUR repository for Archlinux
- Marc de Mesel is back after a couple of months of absence
- Summer News MrCluster87
- Nxtfolks – An alternative place to talk about Nxt
- New lottery based on Nxt’s blockchain
Here below are more details about each of these:
New version NRS 1.10.1
This new version includes the innovations that were previously tested in the experimental version 1.10.0.e, a version that we’ve already mentioned in a previous article, where we go over how it has the ability to run the client without having to download the blockchain completely (Lite mode), as well as some other changes like minor bug fixing and improvements in the User Interface. But, above all, there was a security update that will prevent issues in the future where a theoretical transaction in a theoretical fork would be propagated to the original blockchain and vice-versa.
It’s mandatory to update to this version before the block 1,000,000 is reached
Download the new Nxt client from the AUR repository for Archlinux
Arch User Repository (AUR) is a community-driven repository for Archlinux users. It contains package descriptions (PKGBUILDs) that allow you to compile a package from source with the command makepkg and then install it via pacman. The AUR was created to organize and share new packages from the community and to help expedite popular packages inclusion’ into the community repository.
A good number of new packages that enter the official repositories start in the AUR. In the AUR, users are able to contribute their own package builds (PKGBUILD and related files). The AUR community has the ability to vote for or against packages in the AUR. If a package becomes popular enough, provided that it has a compatible license and good packaging technique, it may be entered into the community repository (directly accessible by pacman or abs).
So, the Nxt package is already available for all the users of this popular Linux distribution.
Marc de Mesel is back after a couple of months of absence
Marc de Mesel has reappeared in Nxtforum with an unusual video. It’s being a long time since we last saw Marc so happy with his investment.
In the video, Marc talks, with his peculiar style, about how in the beggining he didn’t approve of Nxt turning into Ardor. However, the facts and, specially, the spike of the price of Nxt since the Ardor announcement, has made him reconsider his position and change his mind. He also appreciates the work that the Nxt Foundation has done to promote the new platform as well as the Core Devs efforts to continue developing the technology. He also explains, with his own words, how Ardor will work.
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Summer News MrCluster87
Our colleague Mrcluster87, who is known, among other things, for keeping an active Youtube channel, has made a new video with some of the most relevant news in the criptoworld. He started (obviously!) with the considerable raise of Nxt price against Bitcoin, but he also talks about Riker’s conference in Israel (we mentioned it in a previous article), the exchange Bitfinex having been hacked, Bitsquare as an example of decentralized exchange for Bitcoin, as well as a wide range of other topics in crypto.
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Nxtfolks – An alternative place to talk about Nxt
The forum user TheWireMaster decided to offer a new place for nxters to comunicate amongts themselves, apart from the existing NxtForum and the Slack chat. Through this way, he intends to promote and discuss the latest Nxt news. The forum has a stylish design and it covers several topics, including a recent one where he talks about what happens to nxt holders when Ardor will be launched
We encourage all of you to participate in this new forum as well.
New lottery based on Nxt’s blockchain
To play, you have to send 10 NXT to the account NXT-YXC4-RB92-F6MQ-2ZRA6 while attaching an unencrypted message, the five numbers from 0 to 30, comma separated, that you want to enter. That’s all! You’ve made your bet for the lottery. We recommend that you don’t send money from an exchange, because many of them don’t let you attach a message to your transaction.
Five percent of the funds goes to service transaction fees. Surplus funds left after transaction fees will be donated to the Lucky Node Lottery jar. Of the 95% leftover, 60% will go to who will guess all 5 numbers correctly, 25% to who guesses 4 numbers correctly, and 15% to the one who guesses 3 numbers correctly.
The random numbers generated are based on Nxt blockchain. The lottery script is open source, and has been uploaded to the Nxt Data Cloud, an amazing option to publish files on the Nxt blokchain, so that everybody can check it. Prizes are paid instantly around 18:00 UTC every Sunday. There will be winners in each lottery, because the lottery will generate thousands of 5-number sequences to simulate thousands of participants until at least one combination matches the combination from one or more tickets. Some community members have already expressed his intention to play and collaborate.