MintCoin Development Update 2018-05-14
Bonjour MintCoin followers!
We didn't have a lot of progress on the MintCoin front since the last update, and your intrepid developer has just arrived in Marseilles. I will be busy with the RIPE meeting there (making the Internet better) instead of working on MintCoin (making crypto currency better). So, this will be the last update for a couple of weeks, when we hope to have lots of progress to report.
Additional Blockchain Snapshot
Our usual source of MintCoin blockchain snapshots, https://snapshot.mintcoin.zone, was down for some time and the maintainer away temporarily. Making another snapshot was not difficult, but finding a place to host it was trickier.
I wanted a place that was free (because I am cheap, and also because I wanted a place that anyone else could easily set up). I needed something like 10 Gbyte of storage, because we want to be able to upload a new version of the snapshot at the same time people are downloading the old one, and this won't fit in 5 Gbyte. I also want basically unlimited transfers, since it does not take very many people downloading a snapshot to use a lot of transfer bandwidth.
People suggested Google Drive, which would probably be fine. But I am already using my Google storage for other things, and didn't really feel like dealing with the hassle of getting a second Google account for this purpose.
I ended up using hubiC for this purpose. It offers 25 Gbyte of free storage, which is enough, and I could not find any mention of a transfer cap. It is a bit slow, so I am willing to consider other suggestions for a hosting site, but it does work.
You can download the current snapshot here:
My plan is to make weekly snapshots, and use a redirect link which always points to the latest version. This should provide some redundancy - having two snapshots should allow us to bootstrap the MintCoin wallet reliably until we get a new wallet out which includes one.
I got two donations of MintCoin, one from an individual and one from MintyAllDay's MintCoin development fund. Thank you all!
My current plan is to think about setting up a more organized way for people to donate, but I really want to wait until a new version of the wallet is out first. Basically, I feel like until that is delivered no real benefits have been delivered to users so it does not make too much sense.
There have been no new code changes since the last update, although the Italian translation was updated. It is not yet merged into the main branch, but will be as soon as the translator decides that it is good enough.
There has not been any progress on the next release since the last update.
GitHub Repository Status
The official GitHub repository remains:
No issues were closed or added in the official repository.
While the main focus is on the next release, there are also other goals, such as:
Speeding up the initial sync
Packages for popular distributions (like Debian and Fedora packages)
Wallet code automated testing
Reducing the memory footprint
Investigating mobile wallets
Slow and steady mints the race,