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GNUnet 0.16.0 released

From: Schanzenbach, Martin
Subject: GNUnet 0.16.0 released
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2022 14:45:21 +0000

We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.16.0.
This is a new major release. It breaks protocol compatibility with the 0.15.x 
versions. Please be aware that Git master is thus henceforth (and has been for 
a while) INCOMPATIBLE with the 0.15.x GNUnet network, and interactions between 
old and new peers will result in issues. 0.15.x peers will be able to 
communicate with Git master or 0.16.x peers, but some services - in particular 
GNS - will not be compatible.
In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a number of 
known open issues in particular with respect to ease of use, but also some 
critical privacy issues especially for mobile users. Also, the nascent network 
is tiny and thus unlikely to provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of 
interesting information. As a result, the 0.16.0 release is still only suitable 
for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance.

Download links:

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Note that due to mirror synchronization, not all links may be functional
early after the release. For direct access try

Noteworthy changes in 0.16.0 (since 0.15.3):
  - New record flag: CRITICAL. For records that must be processed otherwise 
resolution must fail. #7169
  - Deletion of records and reduction of expiration times is now properly 
handled with respect to monotonically increasing expiratin times. #7170
  - VPN tunnel establishment is moved out of the GNS resolver to be handled by 
applications (such as the DNS2GNS service). #7171
  - Introduces new record type REDIRECT which replaces the previous (ab)use of 
CNAME records. #7172
  - The specification has been updated to reflect the changes.
  - Routes can now be signed. #4164
  - Changed distance metric to a more traditional XOR. #7136
  - The specification has been updated to reflect the changes.
RECLAIM: Added some preliminary support for Decentralized Identifier (DID) and 
Verifiable Credentials (VCs).
UTIL: Add Clause-Schnorr blind signatures. For use in Taler 
BUILD: Building from git now requires recutils. The bootstrap will generate 
up-to-date header files from

A detailed list of changes can be found in the ChangeLog and the 0.16.0
bugtracker at

This release was the work of many people. The following people contributed code 
and were thus easily identified: Christian Grothoff, Tristan Schwieren, Alessio 
Vanni, Florian Dold, Thien-Thi Nguyen, t3sserakt, Lucien Heuzeveldt, Gian 
Demarmels, madmurphy, TheJackiMonster and Martin Schanzenbach.

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