The Litecoin Foundation has announced a ‘formal collaboration between itself and the X9 developers, the core team behind a project called Stakenet.
This partnership is aimed at aiding in the maintenance, debugging, and hardening of ltcd, an alternative full node implementation of Litecoin and potentially other Lightning Network(LN) technologies. The foundation expands:
“X9 Developers are a blockchain agnostic dev team whose founders are the core developers and fully funded by Stakenet (XSN). As Stakenet’s overall vision is to build an interoperable cross-chain future built on the LN, both parties incentives are aligned to work together”
The X9 Developer team already have a working Beta implementation of Atomic Swaps via Lightning between Litecoin and their own projects XSN. The focus now is to improve upon the UX for such actions by developing a “one click” solution for swaps.
(X9) “Have have also been working to bring ltcd up to speed with the latest on btcd which will enable Litecoin support on neutrino, a Lightning Network light client. This marks an important first step in making LN app development easier as a full node will no longer be required to run a LN wallet or application for lnd implementations.”