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Zcash: Separating Fact from Fiction

I have been reading more and more misleading information about Zcash on various forums like Reddit, Github, Bitcointalk, etc... Some of it may be just misinformed but it seems that a large proportion of it is intentionally inaccurate in an attempt to discredit Zcash. So with that in mind I have made this list of Zcash Fact vs Fiction points...

Zcash Developers Update 12-1-17

By Paige Peterson Thanks for your patience while most of us took a couple of days off last week to spend time with family for Thanksgiving. Releases Last Monday, we announced our v1.0.13 release. This versions includes a lot of great improvements such as streamed proving for reducing the memory load in transactions involving shielded addresses and an experimental feature to test selective...

Zcash Developers Update 11-10-17

By Paige Peterson DevCon3 & Zcash family gathering Before diving into the recap of engineering work, I’d like to share that after our successful participation in DevCon3 last week, we had an internal Zcash family gathering at a nearby location. For operational security reasons, we did not disclose that this gathering was taking place and because a good amount of the...

Zcash Developers Update 10-27-17

By Paige Peterson Release We’ve decided to commit to a 1 week delay for the upcoming release which sets it to come out on Monday, Nov. 13. Pushing the release back was something we were considering due to conflict with available engineering resources for the next two weeks. This delay is also allowing more time to review some features we’ve been...

Zcash Developers Update 10-20-17

By Paige Peterson Release This past week we continued merging dev infrastructure related improvements for the upcoming 1.0.13 release. It’s worth putting out a forewarning now that the scheduled 1.0.13 release date is likely to be pushed back due to several engineers attending the Devcon3 zk-SNARK workshop that we’re hosting the week prior. It is currently set for Monday Nov 6th...

Zcash Developers Update 10-15-17

By Paige Peterson Release This week we continued working on writing and reviewing pull requests for the 1.0.13 release. There was focus on infrastructure components such as migrating upstream’s MiniNode support (PR 2533), builder improvements (PR 2648), benchmarks for listunspent (PR 2650), new driver scripts for the test suite (PR 2654) and a memory benchmark for validatelargetx (PR 2659). We also continued work on getting payment disclosure (PR...

Zcash Developers Update 10-7-17

By Paige Peterson Release We’ve already started moving on the 1.0.13 release this week with reviewing some pull requests that have been sitting in our queue for more appropriate timing. We’re really excited about this release because it’s the first release not focused solely on security, stability and performance of the client and network. We have plans to introduce a couple of features...

Zcash Developers Update 9-29-17

By Paige Peterson This is going to be a short update since most of the engineering work done this week had to do with the RC and official release. Also, happy Crypto is Currency day! Releases While a few days past due, we released 1.0.12 this week and as always encourage all nodes to upgrade. We’ve already started with the planning of 1.0.13 and are really excited about it....

Zcash Developers Update 9-22-17

by Paige Peterson Release This week we focused on a lot of the final reviews for next week’s 1.0.12 release. The plan according to our release cycle was to have a release candidate out at the beginning of the week but we slipped on finishing up reviewing in time which pushed back the RC going out to today. This will push...

Zcash Developers Update 9-15-17

By Paige Peterson Release We had a sync-up on the 1.0.12 release at the beginning of the week to check on the status and requirements for the coming weeks. While we anticipate the RC date (upcoming Monday) could slip by a day, we still plan to stay on track for an official 1.0.12 release on Sept. 25. The extended release cycle seems to be...

Zcash Developers Update 9-8-17

By Paige Peterson Sapling This week we had another meeting about Sapling progress. We discussed the work being done to benchmark the Sapling cryptography improvements and are very excited to announce them. In a previous update, I alluded to such an announcement and while this is still in the works we’re very close to being ready to share with you all...