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Re: [Taler] GNU Taler 0.0.0

From: Sree Harsha Totakura
Subject: Re: [Taler] GNU Taler 0.0.0
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:40:53 +0200
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Much awaited release!  Congratulations.

On 06/03/2016 08:22 PM, Christian Grothoff wrote:
> Dear all,
> I'm happy to announce the release of GNU Taler 0.0.0.
> GNU Taler is a free software electronic payment system providing
> anonymity for customers. Payments can in principle be made in any
> existing currency, or a bank can be launched to support new currencies.
> Merchants are not anonymous, and--due to income-transparency--the state
> can perform effective tax audits.
> This is a first alpha release of the four key components providing logic
> for running a bank, exchange, merchant and wallet.
> What works:
> * Exchange implements the full Taler protocol, but does not
>   integrate with traditional banking systems (only with Taler's
>   own "bank").
> * Wallet can withdraw and spend coins, but does not yet handle
>   refreshing, refunding, synchronizing, or export of
>   cryptographic proofs.  Some error handling may be insufficient.
>   The wallet was only tested with Chrome/Chromium.
> * Merchant backend can generate contracts and handle payments,
>   but does not yet offer full back-office support for tracking
>   payments received.  Frontend examples are available in Python
>   and PHP.
> * The bank can manage accounts, allows the wallet to withdraw
>   funds and can receive payments from the exchange.
> Key open issues include:
> * Wallet transactions are sometimes linkable because refresh is
>   not implemented.
> * There is no auditor, and hence components do not properly
>   support auditors either. As a result, a dishonest exchange
>   could embezzle funds.
> * No integration with "real" banks, so only toy currencies are
>   available for now.
> * Documentation, testing, error handling and usability still
>   need to be improved.
> You can download GNU Taler from:
> * All GNU FTP mirrors             ftp://ftpmirror.gnu.org/gnu/taler/
> * Our Git repository is at                https://www.git.taler.net/
> Please report bugs to our bugtracker at     https://gnunet.org/bugs/
> Documentation can be found at                  http://www.taler.net/
> Additional documentation about the APIs is at https://api.taler.net/
> A demo is running at                         https://demo.taler.net/
> Happy hacking!
> Christian & Florian & Gabor & Jeff & Marcello

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