More and more Chia forks are popping up every day. We have Flax, which is still doing well and approaching 2 EiB in netspace. ChainGreen still seems to work for me. Spare, Chives, ChiaRose etc are not running in my lab anymore and I have no plans to move in production farming with them. I haven’t even gotten around to testing Goji or Silicoin or ChiaDoge or any of the others popping up.
A little while back I posted a how-to guide on how to run a farm with Chia forks accessible to your plots without giving them full access to your Chia configuration / keys through use of virtualization. I definitely agree with that, and if you are going to go down the fork in the road you should 100% virtualize your forks. However there are two complications with that I would like to follow up on.
The first is the sheer number of forks popping up. There are Discord channels, big community maintained spreadsheets, tools and a whole community popping up around these. That is fantastic, and I heartily approve, however it does make covering the space a very busy job. It also makes running them all in individual VMs very memory intensive. If you plan to run a LOT of forks then you will either need to have enough RAM to accommodate, probably 64GB minimum, or you will have to double them up in VMs which will eliminate some of the security protections if one does go rogue.
The second thing, and by far the bigger issue, is going to be the NFT pooling implementation. We are going to have a guide ready in the next few days for plotting to NFTs and the various architectures that way but the recommendation is going to always be to plot to an NFT on the blockchain so that you can join pools with your plots. As of right now, no fork supports them. And while I have been told it is possible for a fork like Flax to use the same NFT addresses it is a fairly complicated implementation. And it might not work at all as they deviate from Chia more and more.
So farmers are going to be faced with the decision of either keep their plots for forks and solo farming Chia, or joining a pool like FoxyPool-OG or CorePool, or they will be risking leaving the fork ecosystem behind entirely.
I am personally likely to replot for pools. I think the long term benefits will outweigh the short term pain of all the replotting. I am under 500 plots in my farm, so it is not a huge endeavor. But when you get into 1000, or 2000, or 10000 plots it starts become a much bigger decision. I have my concerns that the whales the pools are hoping to attract in order to get a big jump on netspace may opt to just farm solo and maybe check out Flax rather than repeat their May and June months plotting.
As for The Chia Plot, covering the forks is becoming a huge time commitment and I made the decision for now to concentrate on coverage of the Chia pools that are coming online. If you think that its worth finding someone to cover them full time, or you would like to take a stab at covering the forks for this site, please reach out via our Contact page, Discord or our Forum – all available in the top menu. I would love to hear from you. Otherwise the newest ones will have to wait, unless something super interesting comes along.