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December ended a highly productive 2018 for the Skycoin project. There was strong growth in software development, hardware development and community engagement.
For an in-depth summary of the 2018 milestones, read Part I and Part II of Charles Bivin’s excellent two-piece coverage ‘The Year in Review for Skycoin.’ To hear Skycoin December updates directly from Synth, listen to his chat with Coin Interview or CryptoRich (Part I & II).
Work on the Skywire mainnet continues. Skywire mainnet represents a substantial feat of software engineering — it is not a proxy or VPN layered on top of the existing internet, rather it is an entirely new networking protocol.
The mainnet debut will mark the beginning of the software development for Skywire, as it will be improved through continuous debugging and software updates. In time, Skywire will feature a zero-configuration setup that will allow the Skyfleet plug-and-play deployment of their Skyminers to immediately begin supporting the network with resources and earning coins.
Meanwhile the testnet continues with payments to support the Skyfleet members who are running Skyminers. December testnet rewards saw 16,000 and 24,000 SKY distributed to DIY and Official Skyminers, respectively. As of December 31st there were 9432 Skywire nodes online! This compares to the 10,340 Bitcoin and 5,100 Lightning nodes currently running. Watch the growth of the Skywire nodes here and check your testnet uptime here.
Everyone in the Skyfleet community are encouraged to build DIY miners as soon as possible and not to wait until mainnet. When the mainnet launches, nodes will be re-flashed to enable direct bandwidth metering and rewards based on packets provided vs consumed.
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