What are some misconceptions about the Lightning Network? How does the onion-routing work? How does channel funding work? Are there any security or legal risks to running a Lightning node? How far is the user experience development?
This is not a choice between on-chain and off-chain. A large portion of transaction volume has already been conducted off-chain (i.e. within the private databases of exchanges) for years; what second-layer solutions like the Lightning Network do is to allow for similar low-cost activity without sacrificing most of the security model and trustless nature of Bitcoin. Decentralisation is not a Boolean value, it is a range.
The Lightning Network is not only about payment channels, there is also routing between the payment channels of others. You do not need to open a channel with every party you want to transact with. If a merchant does open a channel, they do not have to close the channel in order to be paid.
LN Development Resources: http://dev.lightning.community/
LND Desktop Wallet – https://github.com/lightninglabs/lightning-app
ACINQ’s Lightning implementation: https://github.com/ACINQ/eclair
Blockstream’s C-Lightning implementation: https://github.com/ElementsProject/lightning
Zap, another Lightning wallet: http://zap.jackmallers.com/
More on contributors: http://lightning.community/release/software/lnd/lightning/2017/01/10/lightning-network-daemon-alpha-release/
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The Lightning Network https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPQwGV1aLnTurL4wU_y3jOhBi9rrpsYyi
Bitcoin, Lightning, and Streaming Money – https://youtu.be/gF_ZQ_eijPs
Advanced Bitcoin Scripting: Part 1 – https://youtu.be/8FeAXjkmDcQ
Advanced Bitcoin Scripting: Part 2 – https://youtu.be/pQbeBduVQ4I
Decentralised exchanges and counterparty risk – https://youtu.be/hi_jaw0dT9M
Scaling complex systems – https://youtu.be/dm9m1oQr6Ks
MimbleWimble and Schnorr signatures – https://youtu.be/qloq75ekxv0
SegWit adoption – https://youtu.be/KCsTVTRk6I4
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