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Decred Version 1.5 release with a new consensus vote

By Inkarias - 2019-12-17

This new release of the Decred team includes a new consensus vote agenda which allows the stakeholders to decide whether or not to activate support for block header commitments and will will activate after 75% of PoS and 95% of PoW have respectively been upgraded. In short, the new vote with the id headercommitments is now fully available within this release. After upgrading, stakeholders may set their preferences through their wallet or Voting Service Provider's (VSP) website directly.
The main focus of this change is to increase the overall security and efficiency of lightweight clients, such as Decrediton in its lightweight mode and the different mobile wallets. One of the major introductions made with the V1.5 is the implementation of more efficient block filters. The previous block filters used by lightweight clients, such as SPV (simplified payment verification) wallets, have been updated to improve their efficiency, ergonomics, and include additional information such as the full ticket commitment script. The older version 1 filters are now deprecated and scheduled to be removed in the next release and must be updated as soon as possible.
 

#Decred v1.5.0 is out! This release includes a new consensus vote agenda for block header commitments, the vote will activate after 75% of PoS and 95% of PoW have upgraded.

Release notes: https://t.co/2EFOC82WB1
Downloads: https://t.co/LoGbiFpVhY pic.twitter.com/ybKbxrhs8v

— Decred (@decredproject) December 16, 2019
 

An innovative auto-ip discovery system

In order for nodes to fully participate in the peer-to-peer network, they must be publicly accessible and made discoverable by advertising their external IP address. This is typically made slightly more difficult to implement as most users run their nodes on networks behind Network Address Translation (NAT). Previously, the old method was to configure the network firewall and/or router to allow inbound connections to port 9108 and forwarding the port to the internal IP address running dcrd, with a manual external IP setup. Finally, this version is set to automatically discover the external IP address and doesn’t require to manually set CLI option anymore.

More details on Decred 1.5 and its features at https://decred.org/