Polkadot Digest 20 Mar 2023

Polkadot News

Smoldot, a light client for Polkadot and many other Substrate-based chains, allowing users to interact with a chain without an RPC endpoint, has reached version 1.0.0. GitHub - smol-dot/smoldot: Alternative client for Substrate-based chains.

Referendum 109, setting the Polkadot auction schedule for the rest of 2023, has passed. Polkassembly

Treasury Proposal 227, funding 1TRIBE, an educational initiative with a focus on Africa, has been approved. Polkassembly

Treasury Proposal 242, funding the Polkadot Developers’ Conference (sub0) 29 - 30 September in Lisbon, has been approved. Polkassembly

Treasury Proposal 249, proposing funding Polkadot Developer Bootcamp - India, is under consideration by the Polkadot Council. Polkassembly

A new Treasury Proposal, 250, seeking funding for various improvements to Sub.id, has been proposed. Polkassembly

A new Treasury Proposal, 252, seeking retroactive funding to Acala for Chopsticks, a testing client allowing 1-step recreation of a Substrate-based network, has been proposed. Polkassembly

Ben Greenberg, Developer Relations at Parity, has written an article on testing your Substrate blockchain with Codespaces. Accelerating Substrate Blockchain Testing with GitHub Codespaces

Kusama News

With approximately four days left in the Ending Period, Khala Network has been in the lead the vast majority of the Ending Period, with Aband in the lead for 0.1% of blocks. Kusama Auctions and Crowdloans | Parachains.info

Referendum 128, cancelling Referendum 127 due to an error, has been approved and executed. Cancel Referendum 127 | Polkassembly

Treasury Proposal 279, funding Polkadot Safari, a 2-day conference in Kenya, has been approved and executed. POLKADOT SAFARI ~ THE HOME OF POLKADOT AND KUSAMA IN AFRICA | Polkassembly

Reminder that all KSM holders can vote on Treasury Proposals and other network referenda. There are now 12 active OpenGov referenda. Polkadot/Substrate Portal

Khala Network is running a bidding bot. Not sure if this is the first time a parachain does it.

I have definitely seen similar behavior in previous auctions.