Dot Leap 30

New version of Substrate, Polkadot, and Kusama released, big parachain upgrades merged into Polkadot and Kusama, the launch of NFTs via RMRK's tools and a new UI, a new treasury explorer, and more!

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Polkadot (v0.8.27)

Polkadot Governance

  • Motion 53 by OnFinality, has been approved by Council. The motion approves a recurring treasury spend funding the SaaS costs of the service for providing free public RPC node access.

  • Patract’s new detailed report on Europa v0.2 is out. Reminder: Europa is a sandbox environment that runs FRAME Contracts pallet, and it is also a framework that provides a sandbox environment for Substrate Runtime. Therefore, developers can use the executable files compiled by Europa to debug their ink! contract, and they can also use the library provided by Europa as a framework to implement a sandbox environment for the Runtime in their Substrate project.

  • There is an interesting discussion about pivoting the Polkadot Relay Chain to Proof of Work from Proof of Stake.

  • Hexplay is asking the Treasury for funding to develop their game-oriented chain.

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Kusama (v0.8.27)

🏛 Kusama Governance

  • The motion to fund regular Kusama and Polkadot database snapshots has failed. This might have been caused by inadequate decentralization (only direct links, no IPFS, no torrents) and the availability of a free alternative.

  • Polkascan published a progress report on their PolkADAPT suite or libraries to extend the Polkadot dev ecosystem.

  • Motion 252 (parallel of 53 on Polkadot) aimed to fund OnFinality’s infrastructure - they provide free public RPC nodes and an Infura-like infra for the developer ecosystem. It passed and will be a recurring proposal. OnFinality also published a comprehensive proposal for review covering the first milestone of their plan for high performance public infrastructure on Kusama. This information can be found here.

  • Motion 253 upgrading Kusama Runtime to v2027 became a referendum and is up for vote. Release notes here.

  • A Treasury Proposal for milestone 2 of Voxel Bridge, an AR exhibit in Vancouver featuring Kusama, has passed.

  • A Treasury Proposal to develop Ask!, an AssemblyScript-based smart contract DSL similar to ink!, was approved by Council.

  • DotTreasury has launched. It’s a treasury explorer by OpenSquare. Their development report is available here.

  • A Treasury Proposal for an NFT Explorer by Kodadot has passed in record time. 

  • HashQuark published a proposal to build a Parachain Lease Offering Dashboard to follow up the status of the parachain slot and auction situation, so that the community can all easily get this information at any time, anywhere. The proposal includes two milestones and is now open for feedback.


🔩 Core Stack

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0.8.27 is out - full list of changes along with what’s coming in terms of RUNTIME changes is available here. Substrate 2.0.1 is out too, finally fixing builds with the latest Rust nightly!

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🛠 Tools


👨‍🎓 Education


🤝 Ecosystem


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That's it for this week - I hope this was as useful for you to read as it was for me to write! Many thanks to Bill Laboon for his daily digest, which helps me not miss some important updates!

The Dot Leap is put together by Bruno Škvorc. Got any links for me for the next edition? Find me on Riot at @bruno:web3.foundation, on Twitter, or via email at bruno@bitfalls.com.