Welcome to Issue #12 of the Weekly Broadcast, a weekly 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 Weekly Broadcast, send us a message and we’ll credit you if your submission is published. Here’s the latest:
Bitcoin Core v0.12.0 RC5
Release candidate 5 of Bitcoin Core v0.12.0 is now available on Github and the bitcoin.org website (“rc4 was DOA”). This is a test version of the software. When no critical errors are found, then the development team will make it the official release. A lot of changes have been made since the last official release of the Bitcoin Core software. These changes are detailed in the changelog linked in the post announcing this release. If you would like to try out Bitcoin Core v0.12.0 before the official release, download and install this latest release candidate.
Latest Coin Center batch of Bitseed nodes has shipped
Last Summer we started working with Coin Center, a Bitcoin advocacy group based in Washington D.C., to develop custom designed Bitseed nodes for Coin Center donors. These custom nodes have been flying off the shelves, so we recently shipped a new batch of nodes to replenish their stock:
To learn more about Coin Center and how you can get your own custom Coin Center Bitseed node, visit their Support page at coincenter.org.
Forking a Network
After affirming for the Bitcoin community that “The State of Bitcoin Core is Strong,” Onename co-founder Muneeb Ali recently published a post reminding us that “the Bitcoin network is not a typical computer network.” This follows recent commentary within the community comparing Bitcoin clients to web browsers – a comparison which is only valid if the browsers are built on the same protocols, which is not the case for alternate Bitcoin clients which change consensus rules. In his post, Ali highlights the need for more C/C++ developers to contribute to Bitcoin Core development, refactoring the Bitcoin code base (work that is currently in progress), better testing of proposed changes to Bitcoin, and an overall more scientific approach towards discussions about the Bitcoin protocol. You can read more of Muneeb Ali’s thoughts about forking Bitcoin in the link below.
That’s it for today’s Weekly Broadcast! Subscribe to the Bitseed mailing list to get notified when we publish next week’s Broadcast, along with other important Bitseed announcements.