Nano is about to update their node software and it is an upgrade crowded out with new features and technical improvements. The release date of the upgrade, dubbed Boulton, is not yet set but is right around the corner according to the official Nano Medium article.
As this is one of the largest releases to ever hit the Nano network, there is plenty to go through, including improvements to the node software, RPC, developer wallet and testing environment.
One of the most anticipated features to be introduced is the lazy bootstrapping. Lazy bootstrapping improves the current bootstrapping process, or the mechanism used by nodes to bulk update their ledger. Because the bootstrapping network scales as more nodes are added to the network, by moving traffic off of the real-time network, lazy bootstrapping presents a more efficient method of adding blocks to a ledger in bulk. Upon implementation onto the network, there will be a reduction in voting, which in turn decreases the bandwidth and CPU usage of nodes.
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Other betterments include a whole bunch of technical upgrades that are probably not interesting to our average user so we will not go into too much detail here. In case you want to check it out, you can do it here.
In other Nano news, a game called NanoQuake2 has launched an open beta. NanoQuake2 is an implementation of Yamagi Quake2 Deathmatch with inbuilt Nano Wallet where users can pay in and get rewards for kills and wins in realtime! The game works on Windows, OS X, Linux.
We have a server running and you can compile the game/wallet on OS X, Linux or use our Windows Build. For more information see below and please join the TNC discord (https://discord.gg/cTFWcj3) and come to the #quake-2-discussion.
One hope that is persistent in many crypto communities and smolders in Nano circles as well is an unwarranted speculation about Coinbase listing. That is a long shot in any context, especially as Coinbase clearly indicated which coins are candidates to be listed next. Nano is not among them. Be that as it may, Nano developers keep impressing and setting the bar higher for other crypto projects and Nano holders need to load up themselves with patience as this is a serious project and serious projects take time to start rolling.