Beta release v.0.18.0 «Tim»
After the first release this summer, we remained focused on developing the Beta version for the Windows, MacOS and Ubuntu platforms. Last year, our team made more than 2700 code commits in 7 repositories according to our public GitHub. The efforts of dozens of people and thousands of hours of development were invested in making this release happen.
The credit goes to our highly professional and devoted team and to the many other people who share our vision and help us in lots of ways we would never have expected.
Despite the negative sentiment, frustration and disappointment from most projects in the industry, we consider the future to be bright, and our current release is a major milestone for us and a small brick in the next decentralised internet.
We called the release “Tim” in honour of Timothy C. May who passed away at the age of 67 this month. Tim was one of the biggest influencers in the cryptography and privacy space. The legendary, courageous intellectual behind the “Crypto Anarchist Manifesto” and a brave fighter for a better world where technology is used instead of laws.
If you don’t completely understand our project and the vital importance of this release, we recommend that you begin by checking out the article which explains our vision for non-tech-savvy readers.
Beta release v.1.0.0 “Tim” — top features
Important: This release is available on TESTNET ONLY (Rinkeby, Ethereum). You still can’t earn real PRIX from running the node, because all the smart contracts are only available on Testnet. Do not transfer real mainnet PRIX and ETH to your wallets. We have created a special telegram bot to help you get Testnet tokens but, please, do not get confused between mainnet and Testnet. If you don’t know what the difference between Testnet and Mainnet is, check out this article.
Windows, MacOS and Ubuntu
The core components of Privatix Network rely on Agent (Sellers) and Client (Buyers) software. We are happy to release both of these functionalities for the three major platforms: Windows (10+) , MacOS ( 10.13: High Sierra +) and Ubuntu ( 16.04 + ).
All you need to do is download our easy-to-use installer and follow the instructions. During the installation, you will be able to choose which of the roles you want to adopt. If you are a developer, you can use the instructions and make a build by yourself using the source code. Everything is open, and we’re eager to get your feedback.
100% Decentralised and autonomous
It was never our goal to create an additional “semi-centralised” VPN service with a couple of light “touches” to blockchain (i.e. payments). Our goal is to create a fully autonomous, secured and decentralised solution and we have never lost our guiding star.
To achieve decentralization in the kind of software we develop is very hard. It is much easier to “compromise” a couple of things (i.e. revealing the IP addresses of all exit node owners through a centralised API) and thereby saving ten times the effort of development. Unfortunately, this is the way that most of our “competitors” choose to go.
The core Agent and Client software does not rely on any of our company servers! None, Nada, Zero! No API’s to pull IP addresses from the node network, no private blockchains, nothing.
We have developed a unique mechanism of the Tor and Ethereum blockchain for discovery and messaging, making tiny Tor network usage. Using Tor as a messaging channel between Client and Agent allows to get offerings and monitor node availability without compromising IP addresses.
As we announced this rule and followed it from day one, we are publishing our code in open source to our GitHub with a GPL-3.0 License, including the necessary documentation in order to bring more and more developers to join our vision and create a robust platform for distributed applications and develop their own decentralised applications based on the network. No private betas, no fancy “sneak-peak” videos, no bullshit.
Everything on Blockchain
Our software relies on the Ethereum blockchain and its core functionality. Smart contracts allow us to create secure communications and zero-trust payments without compromising the IP addresses of exit node owners and many other things.
We are resistant to major attacks that we know of and continue to work on even more security and privacy-enhancing features. All the mutual payments for bandwidth are conducted via Testnet PRIX and ETH tokens. These will be switched to real PRIX tokens in the future, once we get enough feedback and deploy our final release to the Ethereum mainnet.
It’s complicated to provide automatic updates to software when it’s decentralized. We will, therefore, notify users about new versions when new releases are published on our GitHub. Get involved by joining our Telegram and staying in touch with our team.
Available for Beta-testing on Windows , MacOS, and Ubuntu (Linux). The software allows to sell and buy bandwidth on Testnet only (not for real). Do not transfer real mainnet PRIX and ETH to your wallets.
Supported OS :
- All LTS Desktop Ubuntu from 16.04
- Debian 8 and 9 Desktop
- Windows 10+
- macOS 10.13: High Sierra +
- WINDOWS(X64).EXE [INSTALLER]
- MACOS/OSX(X64).DMG [INSTALLER]
- UBUNTU(LINUX)(X64).DEB [PACKAGE]
- SOURCE CODE
Useful links :
Documentation and recommended articles :
Limitations of the current release
As we stick to our total transparency agenda, we want to reveal what we see as limitations, along with the cool stuff we’ve done.
No rating system for Agents and Clients
Punishing the bad actors and rewarding the good ones in the service-providing ecosystem is critical. The Agent’s and Client’s quality assurance system (rating system) needs to be a vital part of Privatix Core Network components and, unfortunately, we haven’t carried it out and tested it until this time. We intend to implement it in future releases. Currently, active agents and clients with a good history of transactions may be observed manually on https://privatix.network.
The current release is not optimised from UI/UX perspective, and we’re still not a “few-clicks” interface. We have a clear vision of how to move in the right direction. We want to emphasise that the current release is Privatix Core software with VPN service implementation on the Privatix Network. A lot more implementations can be made using this foundation.
Bug collecting software
Until we release the final version on the mainnet, we are using Bugsnag logging software to collect bugs in a centralised manner during the testing period. This software may compromise some user data, but at this point, it is vital for us to collect this feedback in order to fix bugs. At this time, it may be disabled in the settings menu, and we will remove it by default when the Mainnet release takes place.
We need as much help as you can provide. Please participate in software testing, in exit node running, in code-review, and in any other way you can help the project. We need constructive criticism and real negative and positive feedback.
Provide bugs and improve the code
If you’re a developer and you can provide us with quality feedback, identify issues (bugs) or contribute in any other way, please send us the details via GitHub. We will review all the issues and pull any requests you make.