Saturday, October 28, 2017

Segwit2x Upgrade is “Full Steam Ahead”


The Segwit2x working group has been quiet lately, but now it seems the development wheels are turning once again. On Wednesday, October 25 the lead developer of the Segwit2x (BTC1) working group, Jeff Garzik, addressed the public with a status update. According to Garzik, everything is "still full steam ahead for Segwit2x upgrade" scheduled for mid-November.

Segwit2x Upgrade is "Full Steam Ahead"
Segwit2x Developer Says November Hard Fork is Full Steam AheadThe maintainer of the Segwit2x code, Jeff Garzik has revealed an October "status update" to the development community through the Linux mailing list. The last time Garzik greeted the public was back in August when the Segregated Witness (Segwit) protocol was applied to the Bitcoin network. Like the previous time, Garzik's email seems upbeat and cuts to the formalities right away with the developer stating:  

To state the obvious, everything is still full steam ahead for the Segwit2x upgrade in mid-November.
Garzik notes that back in August the project was in a "code freeze" and emphasizes the BTC1 repository is currently still enforcing the freeze. A code freeze basically means that changes made to the source code have a stricter degree of rule sets. As Garzik states "only changes or fixes thought to be important pre-fork will be included."

Segwit2x Developer Says November Hard Fork is Full Steam Ahead
Garzik's October status update riled up some members of the bitcoin community over his claims regarding "Core bugs."
Segwit2x Will Stay on Bitcoin Core Version 14 Through the November Fork Due to Version 15 Bugs
The developer also explains the BTC1 source code is a fork of the Core software, and the team tracks that repository's updates. Additionally, Garzik gives a link to the production release branch and explains that specific Segwit2x code is based on Core version 0.14.x, and the developer release is associated with version 0.15.x.

"I've been paying close attention to the Bitcoin Core 0.15.x rollout," explains Garzik. Based on instability and bugs that upstream Bitcoin Core project is seeing – ie. Core's bugs, not ours – Segwit2x will stay on Bitcoin Core 0.14.x. through the November fork."  

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