Namecoin (NMC) - A trust anchor for the Internet.



  • CCC and Chaos West have posted the videos of Namecoin’s 34C3 talks. I’ve also uploaded the corresponding slides.

    • Namecoin as a Decentralized Alternative to Certificate Authorities for TLS
    • Namecoin for Tor Onion Service Naming (And Other Darknets)
      • (No video recording available.)
      • Slides hosted by Namecoin.org.
    • A Blueprint for Making Namecoin Anonymous

    Again, a huge thank you to the following groups who facilitated our participation at 34C3:

    We’re looking forward to 35C3!

    Namecoin is an experimental open-source technology which improves decentralization, security, censorship resistance, privacy, and speed of certain components of the Internet infrastructure such as DNS and identities.

    (For the technically minded, Namecoin is a key/value pair registration and transfer system based on the Bitcoin technology.)

    Bitcoin frees money – Namecoin frees DNS, identities, and other technologies.

    What can Namecoin be used for?

    • Protect free-speech rights online by making the web more resistant to censorship.
    • Attach identity information such as GPG and OTR keys and email, Bitcoin, and Bitmessage addresses to an identity of your choice.
    • Human-meaningful Tor .onion domains.
    • Decentralized TLS (HTTPS) certificate validation, backed by blockchain consensus.
    • Access websites using the .bit top-level domain.
    • Proposed ideas such as file signatures, voting, bonds/stocks/shares, web of trust, notary services, and proof of existence. (To be implemented.)

    What does Namecoin do under the hood?

    • Securely record and transfer arbitrary names (keys).
    • Attach a value (data) to the names (up to 520 bytes).
    • Transact the digital currency namecoins (NMC).
    • Like bitcoins, Namecoin names are difficult to censor or seize.
    • Lookups do not generate network traffic (improves privacy).

    Namecoin was the first fork of Bitcoinmerged mining and a decentralized DNSZooko’s Triangle, the long-standing problem of producing a naming system that is simultaneously secure, decentralized, and human-meaningful.

    Namecoin at 34C3: Slides and Videos


    CCC and Chaos West have posted the videos of Namecoin’s 34C3 talks. I’ve also uploaded the corresponding slides.

    • Namecoin as a Decentralized Alternative to Certificate Authorities for TLS
    • Namecoin for Tor Onion Service Naming (And Other Darknets)
      • (No video recording available.)
      • Slides hosted by Namecoin.org.
    • A Blueprint for Making Namecoin Anonymous

    Again, a huge thank you to the following groups who facilitated our participation at 34C3:

    We’re looking forward to 35C3!

    Download

    Namecoin Core Client (Stable Release)

    • Name wallet: includes command-line interface for registering, tracking, updating, and renewing names (if you don’t already have some namecoins, you’ll need to buy some at an exchange).
    • No graphical interface for name wallet. Use the Name Tab Beta (see below) if you require this functionality.
    • Name lookup: allows looking up names (use in combination with ncdns or NMControl to browse .bit domains).
    • Currency wallet: includes graphical interface and command-line interface for receiving and sending namecoins.
    • Recommended for miners.
    • Recommended for users who don’t own any names.
    • Recommended for users who are comfortable registering, updating, and renewing their names via the command-line.

    Note that Windows binaries of Namecoin Core Stable Release are not yet available. For now, Windows users should use the Name Tab Beta (see below) or build from source.

    Namecoin Core Client (with Qt Name Tab)

    • Name wallet: includes graphical interface and command-line interface for registering, tracking, updating, and renewing names (if you don’t already have some namecoins, you’ll need to buy some at an exchange).
    • Name lookup: allows looking up names (use in combination with ncdns or NMControl to browse .bit domains).
    • Currency wallet: includes graphical interface and command-line interface for receiving and sending namecoins.
    • Not suitable for mining.

    Current release: 0.13.99-name-tab-beta1.

    Source on GitHub.

    Windows

    Gitian signatures at GitHub.

    GNU/Linux

    Gitian signatures at GitHub.

    macOS

    macOS binaries of Namecoin Core Name Tab Beta are not yet available. For now, macOS users should use the Stable Release (see above), build Namecoin Core from source, or use Namecoin Legacy (see below).

    Namecoin Legacy Client

    • Use this instead of Namecoin Core if Namecoin Core doesn’t work or if you need OS X binaries that include the name management tab.
    • Not suitable for mining or development.
    • Always wait for six confirmations.
    • Backup your wallet.dat before enabling wallet encryption.

    Source on GitHub.

    Windows

    Download v0.3.80 installer Release information and signatures.

    Linux Packages

    Linux packages provided by OBS. Command line client (namecoind). Graphical interface (Namecoin-Qt).

    Mac OS X

    Download v0.3.80 Namecoin-Qt. Release information.

    NMControl Middleware

    NMControl connects your browser/application to the client. It allows you, for example, to browse .bit domains.

    Windows

    Download v0.8.1 installer. Release information and signatures (read this first).

    Linux and Mac OS X

    With Python 2.7 installed you can run nmcontrol.py directly from source. If you need help ask on Github or on the forum.

    Help Us Test Betas

    Want to help us test improvements in Namecoin? Check out the Beta Downloads page.

    How to get namecoins

    Namecoins are a token-like currency used to register and update Namecoin names. If you want to register a Namecoin name, you’ll need to obtain some namecoins.

    Prerequisites

    To get namecoins, you first need a Namecoin wallet such as Namecoin Core. See the Downloads page.

    Exchanges

    The easiest way to get namecoins is to purchase them on an exchange. See the list of exchanges.

    You can check current Namecoin prices at CryptoCoinCharts, current Namecoin prices at Bisq, and Namecoin historical price charts at BitcoinWisdom.

    Mining

    If you don’t wish to purchase namecoins on an exchange, you can also mine them.

    Namecoins can be mined in the same way as bitcoins. However, it is recommended to do merged mining, i.e. namecoins are mined as a free by-product of Bitcoin mining.

    Only a few mining pools offer merged-mining, see Comparison of Mining Pools and check the “Merged Mining” column. Ask your favorite Bitcoin pool to offer merged mining of Namecoin in case they don’t.

    You can also run your own mining pool. Eloipool and P2Pool software has support for merged mining.

    If you don’t have specialized hardware (ASICs) for Bitcoin mining, consider mining a CPU-friendly or GPU-friendly coin and then exchanging it for NMC (or for BTC and then NMC).

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    Links:

    website:https://namecoin.org/

    guthub:https://github.com/namecoin

    twitter:https://twitter.com/Namecoin

    reddut:https://www.reddit.com/r/namec...

    forum:https://forum.namecoin.org/



  • Namecoin Core Release 0.17.0

    This release of Namecoin Core is based on Bitcoin Core 0.17.0, including many new upstream features.

    It also contains many Namecoin-specific changes and new features, particularly with improvements to the RPC interface. See the Namecoin release notes for more details.

    source Code:

    https://github.com/namecoin/na...



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