Introducing Bakin’Bacon - Tezos Baking Made Easy
Over the past years, we have seen Tezos adoption grow and grow. Newcomers join the baker’s slack channel seeking help on setting up the Tezos software so they can bake. Unfortunately, this is where Tezos becomes a struggle for anyone who does not have systems-administration, or dev-ops experience.
Tezos is not distributed as a simple to use application where one can double-click an icon, configure a few key settings, and start baking right away. Tezos must be compiled and built from source; Even using the new opam packages, it still takes a fair amount of linux command-line knowledge and skills.
There are 2 alternatives that attempt to make this easier, but don’t really do so, in our view: 1) The docker images remove the need to compile, but require skills and knowledge outside that of the everyday user to setup/install/maintain a docker environment. Plus, getting node/baker/endorser/signer working properly in a dockerized environment is very difficult due to the containerized nature of docker. 2) Kiln is a linux-only solution that requires a linux sysadmin skillset for setup, configuration, and debugging. Kiln also requires system resources above that of what Tezos needs.
That will all change soon…
With Bakin’Bacon, it will be a breeze to become a baker on the Tezos network. Here are a few key points and features of Bakin’Bacon:
- Native MacOS and Windows application (double-clicky icon)
- Ledger support
- Bake, and endorse blocks; nonce reveals
- Voting on new protocol proposals
- No need to compile any software
- No command-line knowledge required
- Super simple setup wizard
- Low CPU / Low Memory requirements
- Tezos Foundation Grant Recipient for development and maintenance
- Built-In Rewards Payouts
- Web-based GUI for monitoring, configuration (See upcoming baking and endorsing rights)
While Bakin’Bacon has been a work-in-progress for the past several months, we are currently working in a closed beta stage and hope to release a public beta within a couple of weeks so that people can start testing it out on the Edo2Test net and the new Florencenet.
Here’s a working screenshot of the UI:
Please ask any questions! We are very excited to bring everyday ease-of-use to the Tezos network.