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Why are hard forks planned every 6 months?

Every single piece of security software you run has to try force security updates, otherwise you could be running a trivially compromised piece of software. Most closed-source software, and even open-...
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How many different developers have made contributions to Monero source code?

Looking at solely GitHub commits, there have been 46 contributors to the bitmonero repository. If we count contributors to other Monero related repositories such as Kovri the number would be ...
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Why are hard forks planned every 6 months?

As I understand it the reason for the scheduled forks is to avoid the plight Bitcoin now experiences, where politics trumps tech, and forks are used as a way of derailing features and progress. It ...
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How do you run the official GUI?

The instructions linked here will get the non-official build up and going on Ubuntu i386. https://www.reddit.com/r/Monero/comments/4yp52w/super_simple_build_instructions_for_the_monero/ # Early ...
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Monero-Core build instructions?

Yes, written instructions for installing Monero on your system can be found here with a video tutorial including GUI setup and testing here Dependencies: # update Ubuntu's repository sudo apt update ...
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Why are hard forks planned every 6 months?

The hard fork scehedule is intended to allow Monero to evolve in a regular fashion, while still leaving users enough time to update before being forked away from the network. With scheduled hard ...
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How will the world learn of Monero?

There have been some conversations about the need for producing professional looking Monero videos. Some videos have been produced from volunteers within the Monero community and from organizers or ...
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Development Roadmap Design and Consensus

The Monero Design and Development goals roadmap was produced by the Monero Core Team The Core Team is an integral part of Monero Research Lab so cooperation is ongoing. For simple tasks Monero ...
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Any Monero projects in Python?

there is MiniNero and RingCT-Python as simple implementations of the the math behind Monero there is also the GUI lightwallet which is implemented in python.
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Will the RingCT fork make it harder for other CryptoNote coins to merge improvements made to Monero?

Yes, it will. Every time a substantial change is made in one fork, the other forks will find it more difficult to port anything they might want where it conflicts. I'd say the main change from the ...
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Failure when using XMR Stak CPU Miner on Linux

It seems (after some troubleshooting and a few direct messages to the author of XMR-Stak-CPU, /u/fireice_uk on reddit) that I've found the solution: As it turns out, the sudo sysctl -w vm....
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What is the proper Freenode IRC channel for my needs?

In general, you can always start out on #monero, and people will point you in the right direction if another channel seems more useful. However, if you don't feel like checking in the #monero channel ...
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Why didn't Monero developers just improve bitcoin?

Please be aware that I have had no involvement in creating Monero (or knowledge of the rationale behind it), so the following should be regarded as speculation. On a general note: there is no reason ...
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How does someone become a contributor to Monero code?

A good way to get started it to use Monero, and improve something small which you think can be improved. This allows you to start on a change that's simple enough to start with, while having a goal to ...
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Approximately how many developer hours have been spent on Monero so far?

This is really hard to tell, but here are a few things we know: In April of 2015 smooth estimated that there was a rough estimate of two to three full time equivalents working on Monero software ...
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Is it possible to get a rough timeline/cost estimate for the future monero development?

Monero is run as an open source project, rather than a startup. As such, it is developed at the speed at which its contributors... contribute. Something getting done depends on someone with the right ...
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How will the world learn of Monero?

Is there any talk of "hiring" a community representative to create video blogs/ pod casts? There is plenty of talk, though the best talk is what is coming out of you. And while hiring is possible, ...
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Why didn't Monero developers just improve bitcoin?

Bitcoin has grown large enough that it is increasingly difficult to make significant changes to the protocol. There are too many competing agendas, each one backing a lot of money. The ongoing ...
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Is there a way to connect the Monero Core (GUI wallet) to a remote testnet node?

You can create your own testnet by running two local nodes, and run a miner locally that mines on the local node blockchain. It has been covered in a reddit thread here: https://www.reddit.com/r/...
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What language(s) should a new coder learn to contribute to Monero?

Monero is for most parts written in C++ and C. That is, currently 81.2% of the code is written in C++, whereas 15.9% of the code is written in C. The remaining languages are CMake, Shell, Python, ...
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Following coding progress between dev meetings

Visit the GitHub and sign in, creating a new account first if necessary. Select the specific repositories you would like to watch. When you watch a repository, you get notifications for any new ...
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GUI pull request to build and install monerod

GUI daemon manager is recently merged into monero-core. I.e you can start/stop local daemon from GUI. This PR basically means that monerod is getting built when you build the GUI. Unfortunately win32 ...
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Fatal Error when trying to build monero-core

Got some help from radfish on github... https://github.com/mbg033/monero-core/issues/52 Here's what radfish said... You need to manually merge monero-project/monero-core/PR # 14 in order to ...
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With Monero firmware loaded on a Trezor, how does one create private spend keys from the BIP 39 seed words supplied during a Trezor's configuration?

The initial answer below, doing things the Monero way, originated from How does one convert the Trezor seed to a simplewallet seed and vice versa. I followed this URL's recommendations using the ...
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How many different developers have made contributions to Monero source code?

One of my favourite tools for tracking this is OpenHub, because I added in all the Monero sources (including the repositories for Kovri, the site, the forum, the core GUI, the research lab, and so on)....
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Any approximate date we will have Monero wallet with graphical user interface?

2 weeks from now. (now = whenever you look at this)
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Can a new platform / cryptocurrency be built on top of Monero?

The Monero blockchain can be used to send any information, as long as it's part of a transaction. There is a field (tx_extra) where you can effectively put whatever you want in there. It's really a ...
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Using Monero as a C Library

Monero can be built using the DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS flag that triggers building the optional shared libraries. apt-get install git cmake build-essential libssl-dev pkg-config libboost-all-dev git clone ...
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How will the world learn of Monero?

It appears the world will learn of Monero largely the same way it learned of Bitcoin, as a currency for use on illegal Darknet marketplaces. Wired posted an article about 16 hours ago, containing the ...
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