With the Chia Blockchain 1.2.8 out there were a lot of questions about when the Mad Max plotter is coming to the base Chia installation. In the past, we always got the same answer from Chia, they would love to but there are some technical challenges as well as licensing issues. Mad Max originally released his software under the GPLv2 license, which is famous for not playing nicely with other license types.
However, 3 days ago the license on Max’s repository was changed to the Apace 2.0 license. This is awesome for a couple reasons. First, Chia has no licensing constraints from including it in their software package. Second, anyone else can too. There are no more restrictions on how to use the Mad Max plotter anymore.
The only questions that are left in my mind are when will see this built in, and what will happen to FlexPool’s sponsorship blurb. If you want to check out Chia Network’s work on their version you can see here.
Update: In a post on reddit Harold-B, developer of BladeBit, has announced version 1.2 which includes Windows support and also a change to the Apache2 license. This suggests to me we are getting close to seeing a major update to the Chia official plotting software, with support for the official plotter as well as Mad Max and BladeBit