What version should I use?

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omarabid
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What version should I use?

Post by omarabid » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:50 pm

Hi,

I'm new to Namecoin and I'd like to start contributing to the community. What version should I run to get started? I have a MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra.

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Re: What version should I use?

Post by cassini » Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:05 pm

Currently there are three options for Mac OS X:

1.)
Namecoin Core, command-line only, no GUI. This is the official release. Compiles in 30 to 60 minutes on a Macbook with SSD and fast internet connection (harddisk: 2 to 3 hours) when following these instructions: https://wiki.namecoin.org/index.php?tit ... ource#OS_X
(instructions for El Capitan. Try it on your Macbook/Sierra - this could be your first contribution to the community :) )

2.)
The old Namecoin-Qt 0.3.80 with GUI. Pre-compiled app available, see https://namecoin.org/download/
Very slow initial start (downloading the blockchain takes one or two days). Sufficient for registering a few names, or for occational experiments with the Namecoin client.

3.)
Brandon's GUI implementation. Currently in beta testing. Use at your own risk and only if you have some experience in software testing/debugging on OSX.
https://github.com/namecoin/namecoin-co ... -254028688

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Re: What version should I use?

Post by omarabid » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:59 pm

Thanks. Do I get from your reply that the version in the Downloads page is deprecated and should not be used? If that's the case, then it should be removed from the downloads page.

How do I go about building Brandon's GUI implementation?

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Re: What version should I use?

Post by domob » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:42 pm

Let me just add: With/without UI here means "UI for managing names". The wallet UI from Bitcoin Core is included also in the "stock" Namecoin Core build - but I think it is good to get more testers for Brandon's code, so that we can eventually merge it back if everything is fine.
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Re: What version should I use?

Post by biolizard89 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:33 am

omarabid wrote:Thanks. Do I get from your reply that the version in the Downloads page is deprecated and should not be used? If that's the case, then it should be removed from the downloads page.
Brandon's GUI branch is on the Beta Downloads page, linked to at the bottom of the main Downloads page. The more people test, the sooner it will replace 0.3.80 on the main Downloads page.
omarabid wrote:How do I go about building Brandon's GUI implementation?
It should build via the same build instructions as regular Namecoin Core. (Build instructions are in the "doc" folder of the GitHub repo.) If it fails to build via instructions that work for Namecoin Core master branch, then that's a bug and should be reported.

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