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README.md

======= VirtaCoin Core integration/staging tree

http://www.virtacoin.com

Copyright (c) 2009-2014 Bitcoin Core Developers Copyright (c) 2014 VirtaCoin Core Developers

What is VirtaCoin?

VirtaCoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. VirtaCoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. VirtaCoin Core is the name of open source software which enables the use of this currency.

For more information, as well as an immediately useable, binary version of the VirtaCoin Core software, see http://www.virtacoin.com.

Technical Specifications

  • Scrypt proof-of-work algorithm
  • 60 second block time target
  • ~21 billion total coins
  • 8000 coins per block, reduces by 0.5% each week starting 2/28/14
  • Difficulty retarget every 1 block

Links

Website: http://www.virtacoin.com

License

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

Development process

Developers work in their own trees, then submit pull requests when they think their feature or bug fix is ready.

If it is a simple/trivial/non-controversial change, then one of the VirtaCoin development team members simply pulls it.

If it is a more complicated or potentially controversial change, then the patch submitter will be asked to start a discussion (if they haven't already) on the mailing list.

The patch will be accepted if there is broad consensus that it is a good thing. Developers should expect to rework and resubmit patches if the code doesn't match the project's coding conventions (see doc/coding.md) or are controversial.

The master branch is regularly built and tested, but is not guaranteed to be completely stable. Tags are created regularly to indicate new official, stable release versions of VirtaCoin.

Testing

Testing and code review is the bottleneck for development; we get more pull requests than we can review and test. Please be patient and help out, and remember this is a security-critical project where any mistake might cost people lots of money.

Automated Testing

Developers are strongly encouraged to write unit tests for new code, and to submit new unit tests for old code. Unit tests can be compiled and run (assuming they weren't disabled in configure) with: make check