Welcome to Issue #19 of the Bitseed Broadcast, a newsletter published by the Bitseed team to share important news for Bitcoin full node operators. We cover the latest in Bitcoin development, full node news, community events, and experimental projects that node operators may find of interest. If you have any news tips or insights you’d like us to share in a future edition of the Bitseed Broadcast, send us a message and we’ll credit you if your submission is published. Here’s the latest:
Bitseed 2.1 web interface release
We are excited to announce the release of Bitseed 2.1, the latest major release version of the Bitseed web interface! This much-anticipated update adds several new features:
- Set a limit on the size of the mempool
- Set the minimum fee Bitcoin transactions must carry to be relayed
- Reduce the amount of data the node will upload to peers on the Bitcoin network
- Connect to the Bitcoin network over IPv4, both IPv4 and Tor, or only Tor
- Automatic download and installation of important software updates
For more information about these new features, along with instructions for updating to Bitseed 2.1, read the full release announcement and documentation on our blog.
Bitcoin Core 0.13.0 release
The Bitcoin Core project has released Bitcoin Core 0.13.0, the latest major release version of the Bitcoin reference client. This version comes with a number of notable changes relevant to full node operators:
- Preparation for segregated witness
- Compact block relay
- Fee-based filtering
- Official Bitcoin Core binary executables for ARM chipsets used with Linux
Bitseed users can upgrade to Bitcoin Core 0.13.0 by following the instructions published on our blog.
Why Bitcoin Core still matters
In a recent CoinDesk post, Alyssa Hertig asks, “Does the original Bitcoin wallet still matter?” Bitcoin Core developer Jonas Schnelli is interviewed for the post, saying, “No other wallet can give you that amount of privacy and security. That’s why people still stick with Bitcoin Core.”
While Bitcoin Core remains among the most secure and private Bitcoin wallets on the market today, it will continue to grow ever more unwieldy for users who wish to maintain access to a full copy of the blockchain. One of our goals at Bitseed is to provide an affordable, easy to use personal server that allows Bitcoin Core users to offload the resource requirements of a full node to a dedicated machine, freeing resources on their main computer for other uses.
What is still needed is a lightweight version of the Bitcoin Core wallet that can securely connect to a “headless” full node self-hosted on another machine locally or in the cloud. This would allow users to keep the full blockchain separate from the wallet while still retaining all of the benefits of running their own full node. Schnelli’s work on BIPs 150 and 151 could lay the groundwork for such a wallet, but there is still much work to be done. If you are a developer and interested in helping with this effort, let’s get in touch!
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