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horuscoin (Rx)

Horuscoin

What is Horuscoin?

Horuscoin is a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, although it does not use SHA256 as its proof of work (POW). Taken development cues from Tenebrix, Litecoin, Dogecoin and Megcoin.

License

Horuscoin is released under the terms of the MIT license. See COPYING for more information or see http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT.

Development and contributions

Development is ongoing and the development team as well as other volunteers can freely work in their own trees and submit pull requests when features or bug fixes are ready.

Proof Of Work

Horuscoin uses scrypt as it's proof of work. However, unlike most scrypt variants, horuscoin uses an R value that is not a value of 1. I call this variant scrypt-8-4 or scrypt-n-r. To mine it, you must ensure that your miner is capable of mining scrypt where the n is 8 and the r parameter is 4. This value was chosen for uniqueness. In this way, even if scrypt-n ASICs came out, they'd be unlikely to support values of R that aren't 1, so this provides ASIC resistance without using experimental or unfamiliar algorithms.

The low values of R and N also means that GPUs should be easier to mine with and it should be practical to build FPGAs for this algorithm. Approximate memory usage can be calculated as 128*R*N, so the overall memory usage of this algorithm should just be a bit more than 4Kbytes.

Wallet

Unlike most altcoin wallets forked from litecoin etc, this has been built by forking from dogecoin-1.7. dogecoin-1.7 is basically a rebase on top of bitcoin 0.9. So, all of the nifty features in bitcoin 0.9 are also in this wallet, including the "core" and cli functionality changes.

Difficulty

Difficulty is adjusted each block by the digishield algorithm. This algorithm has been proven to be stable by dogecoin and digitalcoin and allows for extremely fast difficulty adjustments, at the cost of slightly more block time fluctuation

Ports

RPC 10026 P2P 10027

Build Notes

###Building horuscoind daemon on Linux dependencies

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev autoconf libssl-dev libboost-all-dev libdb5.1++-dev git libminiupnpc-dev -y

building (make sure you are on the main directory, not in /src)

./autogen.sh
./configure --without-gui --without-tests
make
sudo make install

Building horuscoin-qt on Linux (qt4)

dependencies

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev autoconf libssl-dev libboost-all-dev libdb5.1++-dev libqt4-dev libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler git libqrencode-dev libminiupnpc-dev -y

building (make sure you are on the main directory, not in /src)

./autogen.sh
./configure --with-gui=qt4 --without-tests
make USE_UPNP=1 USE_IPV6=1 USE_QRCODE=1
sudo make install

Building horuscoin-qt on Linux (qt5)

dependencies

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install git build-essential libssl-dev libdb5.1++-dev libboost-all-dev libqrencode-dev libminiupnpc-dev libqt5core5a autotools-dev autoconf qttools5-dev-tools qttools5-dev libqt5dbus5 libqt5gui5 libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler -y

building (make sure you are on the main directory, not in /src)

./autogen.sh
./configure --with-gui=qt5 --without-tests
make USE_UPNP=1 USE_IPV6=1 USE_QRCODE=1
sudo make install