Daedalus Upgrades Cause a Stir in the Cardano Community

Not content to rest on its laurels, Cardano continues to improve its network infrastructure by improving its original Daedalus wallet.

Daedalus flight is a test wallet where volunteer users can assess changes in a live environment using real ADA transactions.

“Daedalus Flight is a new ‘pre-release’ version of the Daedalus wallet. Made especially for ada holders who want to help us test new Daedalus wallet features.”

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK, reached out to the community through a tweet, asking users to download Daedalus Flight to provide feedback on the performance improvements.

The Daedalus wallet has drawn user criticism for the time it takes to sync with the blockchain.

Even the latest version 2.1, which launched for the Shelley mainnet only three weeks ago, reaches 100% sync painfully slowly.

IOHK acknowledges the problem, but says it is a feature of a full node wallet. Their last Help article, dated August 2020, the problem refers back to the user’s internet speed and machine specifications.

“Daedalus is a full node wallet and requires a copy of the Cardano blockchain on your machine in order to run. The blockchain is now over 6Gb on disk as of August 2019, so if your internet speed is quite low it could take many hours. For most users with broadband connections and a relatively new machine, a full sync will take about an hour. “

So far, user feedback on the Daedalus Flight test wallet has been overwhelmingly positive.

One user noted that old blocks can sync quickly, while Shelley blocks, which are the minority, are still slow. However, the net result was still a reduction in sync time from 80 minutes to just half an hour.

Cardano on track as planned

In a recent update video, Hoskinson spoke about the upcoming Daedalus version 2.2 and node 1.19 rollout.

After the launch of Shelley about three weeks ago, feedback from the community has pointed to several performance issues.

But Hoskinson spoke about the work he and his team have been doing to address the issues.

“After talking to QA, devops and the rest of the gang, it looks like there are significant performance improvements. Some aspects of the software are 100 times faster. “

Hoskinson elaborated further, breaking down the critical areas saying improvements have been made to sync speeds, chain validation and rehabilitation, as well as database accessibility.

Based on the feedback from the Daedalus Flight wallet, Daedalus 2.2 should slightly improve the user experience.

With that, all eyes are on the Goguen (smart contract) development phase. The latest murmur has prepared Goguen for the late 2020 rollout.

Cardano is currently in 9th place CoinMarketCap and is up 1.6% in the last 24 hours.

Cardano daily chart with volume. (Source: tradingview.com)