Welcome to Issue #10 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:
Sorting out replace-by-fee
Have you been wondering what the controversial “replace-by-fee” feature is all about? Even if you run your own full node, it’s important to know that “the money isn’t good until it’s good,” or as Bitcoin developer Kalle Rosenbaum says, “Confirmation or it didn’t happen!” Check out his great summary of the RBF feature in the blog post linked below.
Bitcoin Relay Network needs a new maintainer
For the past year or so, Bitcoin Core developer Matt Corallo has been coding and maintaining the Bitcoin Relay Network, “a high-speed block-relay system primarily for miners.” This system helps miners move blocks around the network faster, reducing orphan risk and increasing mining revenues. Matt recently published a post on the BitcoinTalk forum stating that the network needs a new maintainer to run the relay servers and maintain the code. If you want to help, give him a shout!
Weekly Bitcoin development IRC meetings
Bitcoin developers have an open weekly meeting on IRC to discuss code-related developments. Everyone contributing code to an implementation of Bitcoin is welcome and encouraged to attend. Reddit user G1lius has been doing a great job keeping the community informed about these discussions by writing up a weekly summary from a layman’s perspective.
Of interest to node operators in the last meeting:
- Recently a configuration option “-permitrbf” has been merged, which allows nodes to choose whether to replace opt-in RBF transactions or not.
- Bitcoin Core will be adding support for the C++11 update soon. All changes needed for C++11 have gone in and it’s ready to switch.
- Software Life Cycle policy was discussed, you can see the latest discussion about this important aspect of Bitcoin software releases here.
You can see G1lius’ complete notes from last week’s Bitcoin dev IRC meeting here:
The full schedule of IRC meetings can be found here:
New Bitcoin Core communication channels
The Bitcoin Core development team has established several new communication channels, including an official website and Twitter feed. They’ve been posting some great content on their website, including an informative post about the benefits of Segregated Witness and a post clarifying their communications policy. Check out the website here and follow Bitcoin Core on Twitter here.
Want to contribute to Bitcoin Core?
/r/bitcoin community member keeial recently asked the subreddit, “Is this how Bitcoin Core governance works?” What follows is a helpful rundown of the ways that changes to Bitcoin Core are proposed and accepted or rejected by the Core devs. If you’ve ever wondered how you can start contributing to Bitcoin Core and make a lasting impact on the project, this post is a great synopsis to help familiarize yourself with the process.
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