Citadel 0.2.9, 0.3.0 LTS, Nirvati and what’s next

Today, we are introducing Citadel 0.2.9, which is the last milestone before 0.3. Before we start on what's new, I want to talk about the history of Citadel. I started Citadel over two years ago after leaving Umbrel. The goal was to build an easy-to-use, FOSS Bitcoin node management software with Lightning capabilities. Over the past 2 years, I failed at that. The user experience has been terrible for many users, and there have been many bugs. I am slow to respond to support questions. When I was contributing to Umbrel, I enjoyed providing support for users (unless there were too many annoying questions like "Why is my wallet not [...]

Our approach to open source.

While there are no development news right now (there will be soon), here's a more informative blog post about Nirvati: Nirvati is an open source project, but we still have certain opinions about how we open source stuff. As a community project, we have no incentives to keep stuff closed source, but there are still some opinions that we have. 🄯 Copyleft Nearly all code we write is licensed under a copyleft license. This means that if anyone modifies Nirvati in any way, they can not sell (or share) that without also giving users the source code. The people purchasing/downloading it can then also share the code of the modified [...]

Citadel’s first podcast appearance

The importance of FOSS and the future of Citadel In this podcast episode hosted by Mick from Geyser, @pippellia tells his story, why he joined Citadel, the importance of free software, and the exciting new developments in the project. All peppered with philosophical discussions, thoughts on the future of Lightning, and the dangers of the cloud. 👉 Enjoy the episode! 👈

Citadel — 5 minutes technical overview

In this article, we will take a high-level look at what Citadel OS is, how it works, and how it differs from the competition. It’s all in 5 minutes, so we might as well get started! What you see below is a representation of Citadel’s tech stack. We will explore the different layers one by one. Operating System Citadel will run on almost any Linux distribution, basically anywhere Docker Compose runs. However, the preconfigured installer will use Debian as the base operating system. This is because of Debian’s widespread popularity, the very passionate community that maintains it, and its strong stance in favor of Free and Libre Open Source Software. [...]

Current development progress

It's been a while since the last update, so I just wanted to post this announcement to keep you informed. OS updates Citadel OS, the prebuilt system for Raspberry Pis, is being upgraded for Nirvati. During the upgrade, we've also added a new bootloader that keeps you informed what's going on, so you can nearly instantly see progress when you boot your node. In addition, Nirvati OS now supports the following hardware: Any x86 machine with UEFI support Raspberry Pi 4 Radxa Rock 3 and Radxa CM3 (Soon) Radxa Rock 5 and Radxa CM5 Pine64 RockPro Pine64 Quartz64 and Soquartz With this larger hardware support, even more users can try [...]

Hello world!

This is the new website of Citadel. We're still working on this, but please let us know if you have any feedback.

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