Tag: bitcoin core

Sep 07 2022

What Do Bitcoin Core Contributors Do?

There are different types of Bitcoin Core contributors playing different roles, and understanding the process is critical for all Bitcoiners.Watch This Episode On YouTube or ...

Jul 08 2022

Gloria Zhao Becomes First Female Bitcoin Core Maintainer, Pieter Wuille Steps Down

Zhao gained the Bitcoin Core maintainer status on Thursday as Marco Falke merged her PGP key fingerprint as a trusted key onto the codebase.Developer Gloria Zhao has become the first known woman to join the select cohort of Bitcoin Core maintainers.Bitcoin Core maintainers have commit permissions to the repository and are responsible for merging contributions...

Jul 02 2022

A Day In The Life Of A Bitcoin Core Developer

Bitcoin Core developer Gloria Zhao shares what it’s like to work on Bitcoin and why the code needs to be maintained for the long-term security of the network.Watch This Episode On YouTubeListen To The Episode Here:...

May 16 2022

How Bitcoin Should Be Upgraded In The Future

The history of Bitcoin upgrade activation mechanisms informs an opinion on how to make protocol changes in the future.One of the most contentious questions in Bitcoin over the last five years has been how to activate soft forks. There have been many different mechanisms used in the history of Bitcoin to activate new features on the...

May 05 2022

A Conversation About The Controversy Surrounding BIP119

There are many differing opinions about BIP119. This Twitter Spaces conversation aims to clear up some of the confusion and offer explanations.This is a recording of a recent Twitter Spaces conversation about BIP119 (OP_CTV). If you would like to submit an opinion about BIP119, please email Bitcoin Magazine....

May 04 2022

Exploring BIP119 And The Way Changes Are Made In Bitcoin

In Bitcoin, it is nearly impossible to find out how much support there is for a proposal without trying it. CTV is a non-invasive change and should be accepted.This is an opinion piece about BIP119 (OP_CTV). If you would like to submit a counter argument, please email Bitcoin Magazine.In the past few weeks, there has been an effort to push a...

May 03 2022

A Modest Bitcoin Improvement Proposal, Proposal

Decentralized consensus is required to make changes to the Bitcoin code. Clear processes, standards and norms can ease decision-making in the future.This is an opinion piece about BIP119 (OP_CTV). If you would like to submit a counter argument, please email Bitcoin Magazine.We’ve Got A ProblemDecentralized consensus isn’t easy....

Apr 27 2022

Is Speedy Trial The Best Way To Change Bitcoin?

BIP119, which adds limited covenants to Bitcoin, is the current conversation and many people question if Speedy Trial for Taproot was a good precedent.The below is a direct excerpt of Marty's Bent Issue #1198: "OP_CTV and rough consensus" Sign...

Apr 26 2022

The Release Of Bitcoin Core 23.0

The newest update to Bitcoin’s main reference implementation was recently released. The hosts of “Bitcoin, Explained” give important context for the change.Watch The Episode on YouTubeListen To The Podcast...

Apr 25 2022

Bitcoin Core 23.0 Released: What’s New

The newest version of Bitcoin’s original software launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009 brings improvements on privacy, security and user experience.A new version of the original Bitcoin software client launched by Satoshi Nakamoto has been released today.Bitcoin Core 23.0 was worked on by 132 developers over about seven months to bring tangible improvements to Bitcoin Core’s wallet, peer-to-peer...

Apr 07 2022

Are There Downsides To Bitcoin Soft Fork Upgrades?

A panel held at Bitcoin 2022 set out to explore the benefits and tradeoffs of activating a Bitcoin soft fork.Despite being known as a protocol that is slow to change, Bitcoin does have its own way to add new functionalities to the network. Soft forks, a type of upgrade that ensures those who don’t use the new software can still participate in...

Mar 29 2022

The Challenges With Fully Syncing Old Versions Of Bitcoin Core

Improvements in Bitcoin Core have led to an increase in the speed at which a Bitcoin node can fully sync and process all the data being added to the blockchain.Watch This Episode On YouTubeListen To This...

Mar 11 2022

Meet The Core Dev Using Bitcoin For Humanitarian Aid On The Ground In Ukraine

Gleb, a Ukrainian and Bitcoin Core developer since 2018, is using BTC to deliver humanitarian supplies in wartorn areas of his native country.Demonstrating its unique utility on the biggest world stage of the moment, Bitcoin has helped Ukrainian armed forces and nongovernmental organizations raise money...

Feb 26 2022

Should The Bitcoin Taproot Soft Fork Be Buried In The Code Base?

Bitcoin Core developers are considering “burying” the Taproot soft fork, to help developers when reviewing the code, but it could have unintended consequences.Watch This Episode on YouTube...

Feb 10 2022

Against The Inevitability Of Bitcoin

While many accept that the process of hyperbitcoinization is a given, we shouldn’t be so ready to revel in our victory.Bitcoiners are optimists.When Satoshi Nakamoto wrote and released the first code that began the Bitcoin experiment, it was an inherently optimistic act in response to the economic and monetary turbulence referenced in the genesis block.Satoshi was a cypherpunk, a group...

Feb 05 2022

Growing The Bitcoin Development Ecosystem In Africa

Bitcoin development in Africa, with a proper regulatory environment, could equally accelerate the continent and the technology.In this piece, we’ll be analyzing the current state of the Bitcoin developer ecosystem in Africa, ways to improve it and what the road ahead looks like....

Jan 24 2022

Explaining CheckTemplateVerify, Bitcoin’s Latest Controversial Soft Fork Proposal

CheckTemplateVerify (CTV) is meant to enable more flexibility on the network, but its potential activation is a topic of debate among developers.CheckTemplateVerify (CTV) is a soft fork proposal for Bitcoin specified in the Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 119. It aims to enable new use cases for the network by adding more complex types...

Nov 23 2021

Gemini Sponsors Bitcoin Core Maintainer Fanquake

Michael Ford, aka Fanquake, is Bitcoin Core’s 5th most prolific contributor and the fourth to be sponsored by Gemini.Gemini is now sponsoring Bitcoin Core maintainer Michael Ford (Fanquake).The bitcoin exchange’s donor-advised fund supports Bitcoin Core development through grants, fellowships, and donations.Ford joins Amiti Uttarwar, Dhruv Mehta, and Jarol Rodriguez as the fourth...

Nov 14 2021

Taproot Is Live! The Community Reacts To Bitcoin’s First Upgrade Since 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a Taproot world. The update will enhance Bitcoin’s performance and enable smart contract deployment. Starting today, all transactions in the Bitcoin network look alike, improving privacy. It doesn’t even matter how the market reacts. It’s a great day for Bitcoin and the community is celebrating it as such, sharing information and working on what’s now possible....

Nov 12 2021

Understanding Taproot In A Simple Way

The highly-anticipated upgrade is set to roll out over the weekend, changing Bitcoin for the better.Understanding exactly what about the Bitcoin network implementing Taproot changes is necessary for understanding why the changes were needed. Taproot is the combination of many Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs) resulting in a soft fork of Bitcoin’s blockchain. A soft fork is a proposed upgrade that over time...

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