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Blockchain Platforms for Linux

“In recent years, as cryptocurrency has had a huge boom in popularity, more and more people are becoming aware of the new blockchain technology. Now, blockchain is being used as the basis to jump into a new age of the web (i.e., web 3.0).

Blockchain is basically a database that is distributed over a set of computer nodes with the information stored electronically. Blockchain receives data in the form of groups or blocks. Each block has a certain storage capacity, and as soon as it gets filled, it gets interlinked with other blocks that get filled, and this is how a blockchain is formed.

Blockchain is most popularly used in cryptocurrencies for maintaining a decentralized record of transactions. Blockchain is highly secure, and it is programmed in such a way that there is no need for a third party for trust purposes. The two parties involved in the transaction are fully protected through blockchain. No one can edit the information stored in the blockchain.

As blockchain is gaining popularity with its immensely important security applications, more and more projects are being developed using blockchain technology. To develop these projects, there are various blockchain platforms available. These platforms provide users with the environment to develop their desired products using blockchain technology.

These blockchain platforms are available across all different operating systems. In case you are using Linux and are looking for platforms for your operating system, you are at the right place, as we will be going through the different blockchain platforms for Linux.”

Hyperledger

For Linux users, Hyperledger is the best and biggest blockchain platform available at the moment. This platform has been used to develop a number of tools in industries such as healthcare, agriculture, finance, advertising, etc. Hyperledger is not a single open-source platform; rather, it has multiple other sub-platforms under its wing. These sub-platforms are the following.

Hyperledger Sawtooth

This platform offers a flexible architecture that separates the core system from the application side of the product. This enables developers to make smart contracts that work without knowing the design of the core. It supports a variety of consensus algorithms. This sub-platform was specially designed for scalability and versatility.

Hyperledger Iroha

This platform is used for the designs of simple and easy-to-implement projects that require distributed ledger technology. Iroha provides its users with simple construction and modular C++ design with a focus on applications for clients. It is a platform for general purpose use and is mostly used to develop IoT projects. It also uses a newly developed algorithm called YAC.

Hyperledger Indy

Indy provides tools, libraries, and other components to develop digital identities that are implemented on a blockchain or other ledgers so that they can be interchangeable across multiple domains of application and administration. Indy provides its users to develop products that can be used across multiple blockchains.

Hyperledger Besu

Besu is an Ethereum client that can be used to develop products that are enterprise-friendly for both public and private networks. It implements the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) specification. Besu can also be tested on networks such as Rinkeby. It also uses multiple consensus algorithms. It is specifically designed to be used in a consortium environment.

Truffle

Truffle is a brilliant development environment. It can be used for testing frameworks and asset pipelines for blockchains through the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). What truffle does is make the life of developers easier. It features Ganache which can be used as a personal blockchain for Ethereum development, deploying contracts, developing applications, etc.

LBRY

LBRY is, as the acronym suggests, a library for publishers and content creators to share their digital content. You can join millions of people in a network where you can enjoy content from other creators and share yours as well.

Substrate

This is a modular framework that enables users to create a blockchain using prebuilt components or using self-made custom components. Substrate allows users flexibility in what they want to develop. It is also another developing environment that makes it easier for its users to create their desired products. There are also test networks available on which the users can test their product and choose the network on which your product works the best.

Aleo

Aleo is another environment that provides you with modular development capabilities. Using Aleo and its programming language “Leo”, you can create private applications based on blockchain technology. It also provides you with different packages and utilities that aid in helping you write code. Overall, Aleo is a very effective IDE for blockchain development.

Ethereum

Ethereum is a well-known platform as well as a cryptocurrency. It was the first platform that made smart contracts famous and popular. Several companies have used the Ethereum development platform for making applications that are in extensive use right now. It also collaborated with Hyperledger in 2018 for the advancement of blockchain technology.

HydraChain

Hydrachain is a sub-platform of Ethereum. Like its main platform, it also allows developers to create permissioned blockchains. This type of blockchain asks users to carry out some action before they can join the blockchain. HydraChain is extensively used in deploying blockchain-based applications developed using Python. As it uses Python, it is quite easy to use and debug.

Conclusion

This was an article that looked at what blockchain technology is and the different blockchain platforms that are available on the Linux operating system. Many powerful development platforms can be used on Linux, and you can utilize them to develop the products of your choice and preference.

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Zeeman Memon

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