With the week coming to an end, now's the time for our weekly progress report. This week has once again been a continuation of the various components being worked on with steady progress being made on all fronts.
Without further ado, let's jump right in!
Particl Desktop Progress Update
This week, the upcoming marketplace messaging system that allows buyers and sellers to message each other has been the sole focus. While progress may seem slow on that end, it is steady, and we can report that the main hurdles are likely now out of the way.
Next week, we'll be making some related changes to the marketplace codebase and putting more focus and emphasis on the UI component of this messaging system.
The in-market messaging layer is currently the main focus and the last remaining major item before we can go live with the release of Particl Desktop 3.2.
Particl Core and BasicSwap Progress Update
Particl's upcoming light wallet, Particl Electrum, is currently in its last testing phase. We can report that no major issue has been encountered so far since we've started this final round of testing; it's been smooth sailing, and that is an excellent indicator. Particl Electrum should be ready to be released next week!
As for BasicSwap, we are making outstanding progress both on its user interface and codebase. Indeed, we're currently improving various aspects of the codebase but, perhaps more interesting for this update, adding Tor functionality to it as well.
Indeed, once initially released, it will be possible to launch BasicSwap and route it either through "clearnet" or through Tor. Furthermore, this option is available right from within the installation process. That means you won't have to launch BasicSwap first to adjust this setting, allowing you to avoid deploying your node on either clearnet or Tor if you need to avoid doing so (i.e., in some countries, you may want to avoid simply connecting to the Tor network).
About the user interface, we fully intend on making it as user-friendly as possible so that most people can get started quickly and reap its benefits without needing to be an "advanced user". This is a common mistake with cross-chain DEXes that often leads to a lack of adoption. To that end, we are working on making the user interface expand on BasicSwap's core functions and bring the user experience to a level more similar to what you would expect from "traditional exchanges".
We'd also like to mention that, even though we are calling this upcoming launch an "open beta", the release will be fully functional and let you easily swap assets like Bitcoin, Monero, and Particl on their respective mainnet networks. Don't be fooled by the "beta" status of BasicSwap; we are calling it this way because we have a much broader vision for it going into the future. Its first beta release should already be smooth enough to become your go-to exchange.
Finally, we've also made good progress on bringing the Particl code up-to-date with Bitcoin's latest version (23.0), and we should have a release ready for it, with the new
guix framework, quite soon. As always, this is an ever-ongoing task but still requires a fair amount of effort every week.
Super Dangerous Club
As always, we invite you every Thursday at roughly ~2 PM GMT to tune in to the Super Dangerous Club where Particl advocates Dr. Kap and e-commerce expert Joe Fisher discuss various outside-the-box topics about the current trajectory of our society, politics, and tech.
Every week, the show is broadcasted on all your favorite platforms. But to really get into the action, we invite you to come and speak your mind directly with our two wonderful hosts on Clubhouse's live episodes.
To see where the SDC is available, follow the linktree below. Now, be there...or be square! 😉
As always, we thank you immensely for your passion and dedication to Particl and what it's working towards achieving. None of it would be possible without you all!
We wish you a great weekend we'll see you all back on Monday! 👋
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