Word on the BLOCK: 15th January 2020

Hello everybody and welcome to the latest Blocknet newsletter! This newsletter is released twice per month to keep the community up-to-date on what is happening with Blocknet. You can view all previous newsletters here.

  • A new roadmap in a new format has been published! Our new roadmap has been published and can be found on the website: https://blocknet.co/#roadmap The new roadmap has an easier to read format with lists of completed, in development, and future objectives. Each item is accompanied by short descriptions and category tags to help quickly see what objectives pertain to which product. At the moment this just has the priority list for 2020 Q1 laid out. In the coming weeks we’ll be working towards refining the outlook beyond Q1.
  • Blocknet 4.0.0 is expected to be released shortly after the next superblock vote is complete so stay tuned for more details on this important update. The release is currently complete feature-wise and is wrapping up final testing and bug fixing.
  • As a reminder to everyone, you can follow the latest developments for v4.0.0 here: https://github.com/blocknetdx/blocknet/commits/4.0.0 There’s been a lot of progress with 25 commits since the new year and 116 commits since the beginning of December!
  • Blocknet decentralized full node services are coming to Ethereum! Through our network of fully decentralized Service Nodes spread across the world leveraging our very own XRouter technology, we are able to provide decentralized access to the Ethereum blockchain in its entirety to developers, organizations, DeFi, smart contracts, and more. Read the full details here.
  • Blocknet is also bringing decentralized full node services to EOS! Through our decentralized network of Service Nodes spread across the world — consumers, developers, and organizations alike will be able to leverage access to EOS full-node services in a fully decentralized fashion over Blocknet’s XRouter product, allowing them to reduce and/or remove the many risks and burdens that come along with centralized service providers and systems. Read more here.
  • Block DX version 1.6.0 is nearing completion and will be released alongside the new wallet. This will include localization support and dxGetNewTokenAddress integration so you can easily generate new addresses from within Block DX. A new test build will be ready by the end of the week if you would like to help with testing these features. You’ll be able to find more info in the #community-testing channel in Discord when builds are available.
  • CloudChains Inc., a Blocknet partner, is about to launch a development environment based off Kubernetes that will allow developers backend access to full-nodes for XBridge, XRouter, and XCloud development.
  • A new test release of the CloudChains Inc lite multiwallet is available (v0.3.14) with support for BTC, LTC, DASH, DGB, DOGE, XLQ, POLIS, and BLOCK. If interested in helping test it out, see the pinned message in #community-testing.
  • The Blocknet crew continues to shout about Blocknet from the social media rooftops! Be sure to follow the various Blocknet associated Twitter accounts so you can retweet, like, and share: Blocknet, Block DX, XCloud, XRouter. If you want to help this effort and spread the word about Blocknet then you can find out about the Blocknet Crew by speaking to @TheVoice in our Discord and find out what the expectations of being a member are. Why Join Blocknet Crew? Find out here: http://bit.ly/33MmaMa
  • An XRouter article and accompanying graphic that compares XRouter with other similar projects is underway. The graphic will be in a similar vein to the DX comparison graphic.
  • A number of other articles have been prepared and will be published at the appropriate time to tie in with other events.
  • A service explorer developed @lucien is now live! The explorer serves as a look-up directory for SPV Wallets and XCloud services provided by Blocknet’s Service Nodes (view here).Please help by testing and providing feedback in #service-explorer.
  • @fazer has pushed new updates for dxmakerbot that includes additional validation checks and help messages to make the bot more user friendly. If you are interested in helping to test it out, see the pinned message in #community-testing or view on Github.
  • For Superblock 1252800 there was a total of 422 Service Nodes, requiring a net of at least 43 votes for a proposal to pass. The results are as follows:
  1. buildserver-cost-jan — Passed: 980 BLOCK 149–2, Net 147
  2. atc-1252800-infra — Passed: 1760 BLOCK 141–1, Net 140
  3. fazer-dxmbot-003 — Passed: 550 BLOCK 140–1, Net 139
  4. infinity7592–1252800 — Passed: 385 BLOCK 139–1, Net 138
  5. corgi-jan — Passed: 690 BLOCK 148–1, Net 147
  6. blockdx-dev-jan-20 — Passed: 2500 BLOCK 149–1, Net 148
  7. proj-costs-1252800 — Passed: 1100 BLOCK 150–1, Net 149
  8. 86b-1252800 — Passed: 8120 BLOCK 111–47, Net 64
  9. hanniabu-1252800 — Passed: 4000 BLOCK 111–47, Net 64
  10. aderks-ops-1252800 — Passed: 1667 BLOCK 164–1, Net 163
  11. michael-dev-jan — Passed: 16800 BLOCK 153–1, Net 152
  12. SocialPhilip_JAN20 — Passed: 1100 BLOCK 146–1, Net 145
  • The in-progress (and previous) proposals can be viewed on block-node.info, on blockdx.co or within the Proposals screen of the wallet.
  • Please note, proposals are being submitted to the forum individually so please make sure you scroll down and take your time to look over each proposal.
  • A guide to submitting and voting on proposals can be found here.
  • For Service Node notifications such as critical updates or voting reminders, join this mailing list. (Separate to the Word on the BLOCK newsletter email list).
  • Blocknet Service Node stats can be viewed on Master Nodes Pro, on Masternodes Directory, and on Block Core.

Many thanks for reading. We hope that you are as excited as us with what the future holds for Blocknet. A decentralization project fundamentally requires an engaged community, and so if you would like to help with anything, have something to add, use your professional skills or have a problem, we want to know about it.

Please also be aware that a community project is run by a diverse group of people with varying time-constraints (in a number of time-zones) and personal lives, so remember to be kind and patient!

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Sincerely,

The Blocknet Team.

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