Announcing the Zcash Open Source Miner Challenge
Incentivizing the creation of open source miners will enable a wider community to mine for Zcash coins and take ownership of the network as a public good. While we expect a full range in size of Zcash miners to exist, the more individuals who run a miner (whether GPU or CPU) the stronger the network.
The Open Source Miner Challenge is live and accepting submissions until 27 October at 23:59 UTC. All details are now available on the Zcash Open Source Miner Challenge website ; there you can also find the form to submit your entry.
The launch target date for the Zcash blockchain is set for October 28, 2016. This is when the first Zcash monetary units will come into existence. When the Zcash genesis block is launched, anyone in the world will be able to mine Zcash, and users will be able to send it to anyone in the world with the advantage of full zero-knowledge privacy. The interface will be a command-line tool on linux, and will not include a graphical user interface, nor run on windows or Mac OS at launch time without installing a virtual machine on their system like Virtual Box to run a supported version of Linux within. We will continue adding improvements in response to user demand following this initial release.
Look for an explainer video close to launch that will walk through the command line and install process.
Recently we updated our website with a user FAQ , Integration Guide , and more on the Support page . In the coming few months we will be publishing content on our blog about: governance, user support, our slow start mining, and the trajectory of Zcash.
Need help? Want more details? Have ideas? We are an inclusive and growing community. Come on in! Join the conversation via our Forum , or Slack Community .
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