Bitcoin Core 0.13.0: The Beat Continues
As those paying attention to Bitcoin know, this release was centred around preparation for the planned soft fork of Bitcoin in release 0.14.0 (which will fully incorporate segregated witness).
This release added a number of really interesting upgrades to Core. These included:
- Preparation for segregated witness;
- Child pays for parent;
- Support for compact blocks; and
- HD key generation.
For those new to the space, the above might not mean all that much. They are interesting changes that warrant discussion, but in a world where the mainstream media conversation revolves around permissioned chains it’s not all that cool to talk about the technical progress being made by the Bitcoin Core devs.
However, the continued progress and momentum that Bitcoin has is still something worth being reminded of. For example, for this release, there were roughly 100 contributors
over a 6 month period who in aggregate contributed to hundreds of improvements
. Although this is not unusual for a Bitcoin Core release, it’s a great reminder that some of the best and brightest minds in the ‘blockchain industry’ are working to improve Bitcoin’s reference client.
So the next time you read about a 3 person startup working on a 'bankchain’ it’s worth remembering that Bitcoin has hundreds of brilliant contributors (388 contributors
according to Github) pushing code to make it the most resilient and worked on open source project in the world of blockchains.
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