For work and play, I participate in the Tezos ecosystem. Tezos is a proof-of-stake blockchain with on-chain governance. In a nutshell, this means that it requires significantly less compute than proof-of-work blockchains (such as the one Bitcoin is based on) and it is less likely to breakup into other projects (fork) because the community gets to vote on the direction.
So you want to get involved with Tezos? Do you want to:
- just invest and use a cryptocurrency
- run a "validator" to add blocks to the blockchain (for Tezos these are called bakers)?
Or both? Below we have some suggestions.
General user/investorIf you are interested in investing in the Tezos coin or buying NFTs, you can start by:
- Buying coins at an exchange such as Coinbase or Binance. If you hold your coins there, you will have a custodian account where you are at the mercy of the exchange.
- Using a software wallet such as Umami, a browser-based wallet such as Temple or a mobile wallet such as Airgap. Be careful storing your keys on an online computer.
- Investing in an Hardware Security Module, such as a Ledger and using it as an offline non-custodian wallet. This is probably the most secure way of holding funds as a "home user" of cryptocurrency.
- You can buy NFTs at objkt.com and you can buy them with a credit card. This is a great way to get into Tezos.
Interested in running a node or a baker
You will need to download Octez (the reference Tezos blockchain software) and run it. The good news is it runs on small systems such as Raspberry Pi 4 (8GB, 64-bit OS, fast SSD disc needed), Linux machines or Macs.
I maintain unofficial packages of Octez for Linux platforms (available for download from my employer):
- Debian 11 (amd64/x86_64)
- Debian 12 (amd64/x86_64)
- Ubuntu 20 (amd64/x86_64)
- Ubuntu 22.0 (amd64/x86_64)
- Raspberry Pi 4 (aarch64/arm64)
- Amazon Linux 2023 (amd64/x86_64) (Experimental!)
And I have some (hopefully useful) articles to get started:
- Setting up a Tezos Node in 5 steps - a quick HOWTO for setting up a Tezos node using my packages.
- Setting up a Tezos Baker in 5 steps - a guide to set up a baker using a Ledger hardware wallet.
- Setting up a Tezos VDF Service - a guide on using VDF
- Setting up a Tezos Smart Rollup (with Thomas Letan) - a guide to setting up a rollup on Mumbai and beyond
- The Tezos command-line wallet - a guide to using octez-client for managing wallets
- Block explorers where you can see the blockchain activity: tzstats, tzkt and explorus.
- My NFT collection (drchris.tez)
- Some old photos, minted experimentally as NFTs (physicalphotez.tez)
- Double Baking and Remote Signers (with Roland Dowdeswell) - on the issue of Double Baking and testing a new version of the Tacoinfra Remote Signer.