Dot Leap 33

Substrate 3.0 is out, Ledger issues resolved, ink! v3 is out, yet another Kusama redenomination attempt, Kusama fees reduced by 50x, Gilts as an alternative to staking in some chains, and more!

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Polkadot (v0.8.28-1)

  • The Rococo parachain testnet has been reset. It now has a total of 10 parachains.

Polkadot Governance

🚨🚨 The Polkadot runtime has been be upgraded to v28 at block #3,899,547.

  • Motion 63: The Interlay team, behind PolkaBTC project, published a proposal for PolkaBTC Beta Testnet development: To achieve higher participation during Beta testnet, they designed a campaign for incentivizing users to actively test critical components of the bridge by handing out rewards for specific actions / challenges. With no native token given the project's nature, the team aims to request DOT tokens to incentivize participation. The proposal was documented  here and passed.

  • Motion 64: Figment published a proposal for DOT tokens to be used as incentives to grow the Polkadot developer ecosystem via its platforms Figment Learn and DataHub. 100% of the DOTs will be distributed to developers as incentives and Figment retains 0 DOTs for operational costs as part of this proposal. You can find the post here for review. The motion did not reach majority and is back on the drawing board.

  • Motion 61 by SCS to develop milestone 8.2 of SubstraTEE scalability, working on Single Worker Block Production has passed.

  • Motion 62 upgrading Polkadot Runtime to v28 has been passed and expedited by the technical committee. Some interesting changes: treasury tip slashes, free participation in Council governance for first-timers, refactor treasury pallet, changes for validators session keys to account for parachains, introduction of account existence providers reference counting and extensive multiaddress format in all runtimes.

  • Motion 65, the Treasury Proposal to develop Stylo, a more user-friendly version of Parity Signer passed.

  • ✅ Encointer delivers a sybil-defence for parachains demo for its treasury #9 proposal. It passed.

  • Referendum 16, to increase the number of validators from 297 to 599, is currently failing.

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Kusama (v0.8.28)


💥 Chaos

🏛 Kusama Governance

  • ❔ After reporting on M1 completion, the Rotki team submitted M2 proposal for funding and development: this milestone focuses on history query, staking and rewards. More information on the proposal, timelines and resources/allocations can be found here.

  • Referendum 101 failed to pass with no info provided.

  • Comments are welcome on a proposal to reward reviews of technical deliverables / milestones / proposals.

  • Motion 270 has been approved. The proposal, by Rotki, aims to continue the integration of Kusama to their portfolio tracker. This milestone focuses on history query, staking and rewards. More information on the proposal, timelines and resources/allocations can be found here.

  • Motion 271 to cancel a slash due to a ParityDB bug has passed. The slash will be undone.

  • There is a PR to reduce Kusama fees and deposits by 50x (e.g., fees would be 1/50 what they are now). You can review and add comments here:

  • Referendum 102, to transfer balance, failed. The proposer failed to give context.

  • Referendum 103 (again 🙄) to redenominate Kusama in the spirit of Polkadot is being voted on and failing.

  • Kusama superfan Jam proposed a new bounty on Kusama, aiming to develop a mobile-first signing solution (Walletconnect equivalent) that’s open standard and preferably without requiring users to install additional applications on their devices (platform agnostic).


🔩 Core Stack

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🚨🚨🚨🚨 Substrate 3.0 is out with FRAME 2 support!

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Ethereum Compatibility

As Moonbeam and Parity’s Frontier mature, I believe it’s worth having a separate section discussing Ethereum compatibility with Substrate and Polkadot in general. The potential for collaboration between the two ecosystems is immense.


🛠 Tools


🤝 Ecosystem


👷‍♂️ Jobs


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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.