NEW YORK (InsideBitcoins) — In the days following the shutdown of Silk Road 2.0 by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies from around the world, the team of developers behind OpenBazaar released the Beta 3.0 version of the open-source marketplace platform. The release is named after the legendary Tabriz market in Iran. Although OpenBazaar has not been able to garner much support in terms of donations, there have been plenty of developers who have joined the team without worrying about whether or not they will get paid.
Now available for Windows
One of the main improvements in this release of OpenBazaar is that it is now available to Windows users. Testing for the decentralized marketplace has been open for Linux and Mac users in the past, and this release provides the first opportunity for Windows users to get a taste of what OpenBazaar has to offer.
Having said that, this version of the software is still too young to be trusted. When asked about the viability of this version of OpenBazaar for real-world transactions, multiple developers chimed in to say that this is still very much a test environment.
Tor integration as the ultimate irony
Although many have claimed that OpenBazaar will be the ultimate solution for anyone who wishes to create a darknet marketplace in the future, the reality is that Tor integration was only first added in an OpenBazaar fork roughly a week before Silk Road 2.0 was shut down by law enforcement. This aspect of OpenBazaar is currently going through the testing and debugging process, and the OpenBazaar team is hoping to have it ready for the Beta 4.0 release.
The timing of the pull request for Tor integration could be viewed as ironic, as OpenBazaar may evolve into the ultimate version of the darknet marketplace hydra. It’s obvious that people will always use technologies such as Tor, Bitcoin, and OpenBazaar to get around various laws and regulations that they find to be unjust.
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