Tezos uses a Liquid Proof of Stake consensus mechanism, where validators are called Bakers. In addition to validating transactions, bakers represent the staked tokens of delegators (stakers) when participating in network governance by voting on protocol upgrades. This approach ensures security, stability, and correctness, while allowing Tezos to upgrade seamlessly.
Tezos has a proven, decentralized governance process that enables seamless upgrades and prevents the need for hard forks. Community members propose upgrades for the network and validators vote on which proposals they would like to see explored. The most popular proposal goes through a multi-step voting and adoption process, shown below.
Check out these resources for starting a node.
A tutorial on baking from the team at Tezos Ukraine.
A repository of Tezos snapshots.
An easy-to-use baking software guide from Bake Buddy.
Baking software maintained by a collection of Tezos ecosystem teams.
Documentation for running a persistent baking node.
Create and deploy your own node with this Open Tezos guide.
Baking Slack chat
For anything baking-related, there is a dedicated Baking Slack channel.
Baking Telegram chat
Community group for Tezos node setup, delegating, proposal voting, and all other baking-related conversations.
BakeBuddy Telegram group
Support chat room for both novice and advanced users of the BakeBuddy software.
Tez (XTZ) is the native token of the Tezos network. Tez is available on most major cryptocurrency exchanges under the symbol XTZ. Below are some of the most popular exchanges where you can buy tez.
Delegate tokens directly from a wallet using the baker’s public key address. Use the links to explore the network of bakers.
Baking Bad is a team of developers aiming to simplify delegation.
Tezos Nodes provides a reliability rating for public Tezos Bakers.
Tezos Explorer and API with high-level of analysis, user-friendly interface
An overview of Tezos bakers, delegation services, and custodians.