Hello everyone, I bring good news: the pre-alpha version of AKASHA will be launched in October!
When the time comes, the invites will be delivered to your inbox and will include installation details which should make the entire setup process a breeze. However, if you encounter any problems, feel free to join our slack - we are friendly people :)
During the first rollout, we plan to test the basic core features such as creating an identity, following a person, publishing an entry, commenting, bookmarking, voting, following a tag, creating a tag and so on.
Depending on our findings in the next few weeks we will test the rest of the functionality in anticipation of the public alpha release.
One step at a time.
You can find bellow an overview of the direction we are foreseeing in the near future as a tentative, high-level, loosey-goosey roadmap for the main network launch, with the mention that things will most likely evolve depending on our findings.
Stage 0 (October 2016)
Invitations gradually sent to ~4500 users
Invitation based access for the early alpha subscribers using an Ethereum test chain.
Stage 1 (Q4 2016)
Public alpha release
Debut with brainstorming challenge for ideas and features in the next releases.
Stage 2 (TBD)
Core smart contracts breakathon
Open source the smart contracts powering AKASHA, followed by breakathon event with prizes for anyone able to exploit or break the smart contracts. Breakathon will be extended to the token contracts proposed in the next stage. Actively experiment with solutions for displaying content published inside the dapp in normal Web 2.0 browsers.
Stage 3 (TBD)
Tokens, tests & integration experiments
Token research taking a more proeminent role (Filecoin, Raiden, BTC relay, ETH appcoins interoperability) combined with identity and experiments on an interactive Web 2.0 version (Metamask/Light Wallets/uPort). Analyze and A/B test the most interesting token proposals to see how it affects the health of the ecosystem and behaviour of users.
Stage 4 (TBD)
Development roadmap proposal
Propose development roadmap for 2017 with votes counting as feedback on feature prioritization.
Stage 5 (TBD)
AKASHA v 1.0
Many variables in the equation as it all depends on the findings and lessons learned during the previous stages. If everything goes according to plan, the AKASHA contracts will be deployed on the main net, hopefully with a working Web 2.0 version for ease of access for people not interested in running their own ETH and IPFS node.
Again, this short roadmap is tentative and should be taken as such. We want to involve the community as much as possible in this project and we are open to adjusting the various stages listed above (and not only) to accomodate unforeseen events or strong feedback in areas that are not covered yet.
More details will follow in the next couple of weeks once we start sending the invites!
In the first release(s) the dapp might showcase unstable behavior and occasional bugs. This is the tradeoff for being among the first people to experiment a standalone dapp bundling bleeding edge technologies such as Ethereum and IPFS - there is no way around it since both are still in their very early days.
There are many moving parts involved in making this happen and there will be things that are expected to manifest unexpected behaviour. When something like this happens, please take a deep breath and remember that we want to iron out these bugs as much as you do.
Help us to help you by opening an issue or by getting in touch with us on Slack!.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
See you soon. On AKASHA!