The Daedalus 2.3.0 release delivers automatic updates, removing the need for manually downloading Daedalus installers in the future. This release also brings improvements to the delegation user experience with improved stake pool ranking and off-chain data aggregation server (SMASH).
Automatic Daedalus updates delivered via the newsfeed
Daedalus is now capable of automatically downloading and initiating updates, which means that future Daedalus updates will be delivered through this mechanism. There is no longer any need for manually downloading Daedalus installers from the Daedalus website.
A green dot in the Newsfeed section of the user interface will indicate that a Daedalus update is available. The download will start automatically. Once the download is complete, the system will prompt you to quit Daedalus and start the installation by clicking a button.
In Windows and macOS, you need to click through the installation steps.
In Linux, Daedalus will automatically install the update and restart when the installation is complete, without the need to manually click through the installation steps. If this mechanism fails for any reason, Daedalus will prompt you to download and install the update manually.
Automatic updates are safe and secure, since the content delivered through the Daedalus Newsfeed is verified from additional sources. Daedalus also verifies the integrity of the downloaded update before installing it.
Improved stake pool ranking
Stake pool ranking is now more accurate, since it uses live data to determine the amount of stake each pool controls for the ranking calculation, instead of using the amount of stake pools controlled at the last epoch boundary.
Improved stake slider
The stake slider that allows you to choose the amount of stake to calculate stake pool ranking is now improved for easier selection of desired value. Instead of using a linear scale, the slider now uses a logarithmic scale, so the slider's value increases more rapidly as the slider is dragged to higher values.
Stake pool off-chain data aggregation
With this Daedalus update, stake pool off-chain data (name, ticker symbol, homepage, and description) is obtained from the IOHK stake pool metadata aggregation server (SMASH). Previously, Daedalus obtained off-chain stake pool data individually from each stake pool, which was time consuming and error-prone. In a future upgrade, Daedalus wallet users will be able to choose an alternative server in the configuration and access any community server of their choice.
Ordering of the addresses on the receive screen
Addresses on the receive screen are now ordered from oldest to newest. This method of address ordering makes more sense for sequential wallets such as Daedalus, which derive fresh addresses sequentially from your root private key (your 24-word wallet recovery phrase).
Consequently, once an address from the top of the list is used, only one additional address at the end of the list will be generated, since Daedalus always provides 20 unused addresses at the end of the list. Previously, using one of the addresses from the top of the list would generate 20 new addresses, unnecessarily growing the number of addresses in your wallet.
Default tab in the delegation user interface
The Delegation Center is now the default tab shown in the delegation part of the Daedalus user interface. Previously, the Info tab was shown by default.
Full blockchain verification on startup
Cardano node changed the ledger state's format. This Daedalus update needs to verify the entire blockchain on the initial startup after the update is installed, which should take between 10 to 15 minutes, based on the performance of the computer running Daedalus.
Some users might experience cardano-node crashing preventing Daedalus to work correctly. We have a fix for this issue in the next release.
For assistance, please submit a ticket to the IOHK support team from the Help menu in Daedalus, or by using the submit a request form.