Weekly Updates

An Update on Kiln Development

Following the recent update from the new collaborative consortium that will oversee Kiln’s ongoing maintenance and development, we spoke with some of the teams involved in the consortium to learn more about future changes to Kiln.

Kiln consortium graphic

This week, a collaborative consortium of teams from across the Tezos ecosystem announced that they are taking over the ongoing maintenance and development of Kiln, an application that allows users to monitor, receive alerts and bake on Tezos. The consortium includes teams from Baking Bad, Obsidian Systems, Tezos Commons, and TQ Tezos, along with community support and contributions.

The consortium also announced that with the transition, there is a new Kiln repository on GitLab, which includes Kiln version 0.8.1 with a long-awaited build for MacOS Catalina available at this link. In discussing the transition, Iryna Gerasymova of TQ Tezos said, “We’re excited to be a part of the team that’s moving Kiln forward, beginning with a Kiln build for MacOS. This new approach will bring more community members into Kiln’s development and promote wider participation in the baking process within the ecosystem.”

As the group moves towards developing a new version of Kiln, it will oversee the creation of  a new open-source code base that will take into account community recommendations and contributions. Ultimately, the newest version of Kiln will be created with an eye towards promoting wider participation in baking within the Tezos community and beyond.

In discussing the updates to Kiln, Tezos Commons Technical Project Manager Corey Soreff said, “Kiln is a vital resource for the Tezos community that lowers the barriers to entry for baking and monitoring. We’re thrilled to be a part of the consortium that will handle ongoing development and maintenance of the Kiln software.”

As Kiln’s development continues with its new, collaborative, governance model, community members with relevant interests and skills in contributing to Kiln development can propose their ideas and features to the GitLab repo. We can’t wait to see how the ecosystem uses and improves Kiln moving forward! 

Additional Ecosystem Updates:

We mentioned this in last week’s update, but would like to reiterate that there have been a number of scams circulating recently in the Tezos ecosystem, many of which involve using malicious domains including but not limited to: tezosweb[.]info, tezosweb[.]org, tezbox[.]io, tezbos[.]net, tezoswebwallet[.]com. If you identify a scam or scam domain, you should immediately report it to scamre[email protected].

  • Baking Bad released a video on how to install a Tezos blockchain indexer and API from sources.
  • Baking Bad announced that users can now download Tezos accounting reports in USD, EUR and BTC, with price settlement at the time of operation.
  • Baking Bad announced that its Tezos contract explorer, Better Call Dev, now supports Dalphanet and advanced contract interaction via Beacon.
  • The Chain of Insight team released a piece on how to approach Tezos from an Ethereum developer’s mindset.
  • Madfish Solutions announced that Quipuswap, a liquidity protocol for a decentralized token exchange, is now live on Carthagenet.
  • Tezos Commons announced the latest update to the Kukai Wallet with a more user-friendly design for both mobile and desktop browsers.
  • Tezos Commons published its community update for August.
  • Tezos Commons’ upcoming episode of TezTalks Live next week will feature Stephane De Baets of Elevated Returns.
  • TezosNotifierBot team released its 2020 annual report including an overview of development for the year so far and statistics on the Telegram bot’s adoption.
  • TQ Tezos, as part of the Proof of Stake Alliance, worked closely with the Congressional Blockchain Caucus to craft a letter to the IRS urging a proactive tax policy for crypto staking rewards.

FAQs

Why won’t the Tezos Foundation delegate their XTZ to community public bakers?

We do not currently have plans to shut down Foundation baking operations but this is a question that regularly comes up in Foundation deliberations, and is consistently being evaluated. The Foundation’s purpose is to support the Tezos ecosystem, and all baking rewards that the Foundation receives will eventually be used to further support the advancement of the Tezos project.

 

Are the engraved Ledgers gone?

No, there are still special edition Tezos-engraved Ledgers available, and the Ledger giveaway program is still open for fundraiser contributors who have activated their recommended allocations. If you would like to be eligible to receive one of the remaining Ledgers, you can find more information here.

 

What is the long-term funding plan for core development teams? Will they transition to protocol inflation funding over time or will they continue to be funded by the foundation or some mix?

Currently, core development teams are entirely funded by the Tezos Foundation. We work on several legal and operational questions surrounding protocol invoicing with different members of the Tezos ecosystem, including the core development teams. It is likely that once protocol invoicing begins, the Tezos Foundation will continue to subsidize the costs, at least initially. Long-term, our vision is to achieve a state where the core protocol development teams of Tezos are funded beyond the existence of the Foundation.

 

What method exists to ensure constant community voice in Tezos Foundation decisions?

The Tezos Foundation is part of the Tezos community and takes into consideration community feedback when making decisions. We are open for discussion and regularly interact with numerous ecosystem participants and frequently solicit feedback from the community. That being said, we are always seeking more ways to be transparent and inclusive of the community. If you have suggestions for how we can better ensure community voice in Foundation decisions, you can send them to [email protected]

 

What was the process and qualification criteria for election of current board members?

According to the Foundation Charter and in line with Swiss foundation law, the Foundation Council is responsible for electing its new members. Since the beginning of this year, the operational process for recruiting new Council and executive team members is delegated to the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Foundation, which makes initial suggestions of candidates based on criteria defined by the Council. Sourcing of candidates is supported by an international recruitment agency and candidates, on a case by case basis, are vetted by various external sources including key people within the Tezos ecosystem. As a general guideline in place since the beginning of this year, Council members, including the Council Chairperson, should be accomplished individuals with a solid professional track record in industries relevant to the Tezos ecosystem. In addition they should be financially independent and in the position to take an unbiased view on the Foundation and the Tezos ecosystem. The Executive Committee is elected by the Foundation Council, also as defined in the Foundation Charter. More information on the Foundation committees can be found here.

 

What process has the foundation put in place to ensure a grantee is completing the work as promised?

Grants are usually paid out in multiple installments. Such installments are subject to a payment schedule to ensure that predefined milestones are achieved. The Tezos Foundation controls payments and assesses milestone reports from grantees prior to follow-on payments. It may involve the technical advisory committee (TAC) in this process if technical assessments are needed. The Tezos Foundation may not distribute follow-on payments for projects that do not hit their deliverables. 

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