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Jeffrey Wilcke


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Homestead Release

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Update: We’ve released version 1.3.5 including networking hotfix for homestead 1.3.4. 

Development of Ethereum started in December 2013 when two developers and a college dropout researcher decided to put their heads together and develop this amazing piece of technology. We were later joined by many like-minded individuals. Our first Proof of Concept (PoC) came on February 1, 2014. By the time we started our crowdsale on July 23, we were up to PoC 5 with a protocol that was almost finished, and had achieved compatibility between multiple clients. The team was psyched when we got our first million and our second and our third and so on. It was crazy! Believing that we could deliver the Ethereum platform was one thing, but seeing others believe and want to participate it was incredibly inspiring.

Somewhat later in October of 2014, Gav and I were sitting on the train to the Zurich airport when we figured that an Ethereum conference would be absolutely awesome, and settled on doing it in November that same year. It was a bit hectic for those who organised it (thanks Aeron, Christian & Jason!), but we managed to pull it off as we were determined to host our first internal developers conference, DEVcon0.

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When January 2015 came around, we all knew this would be the year we’d have to launch our beta version of Ethereum. Our PoC series was closed off with the PoC 9 hackathon on March 5th and on July 30, 2015 we successfully launched Frontier. Miners from all over the globe booted up their mining rigs, users fired up their nodes and the network came to life. It worked; no hiccups, no issues and from a developer’s perspective the release couldn’t have gone smoother. In the following months, our team and community demonstrated its potential and true awesomeness in dealing with issues on the network and together solving two consensus bugs.

We felt it was extremely important to clearly communicate to our users how we felt about the security of the network. Today, we’re incredibly proud to announce that we are finally ready to remove the scratched out word “safe” from our website as move into a new phase: Homestead. The Homestead block will be 1.150.000 for the main network which means the Homestead transition will be roughly around midday on Pi day and the Homestead block for the Morden network will be 494.000.

What is Homestead?

Homestead is the second major version release of the Ethereum platform, which includes several protocol changes and a networking change that gives us the ability to do further network upgrades:

  • EIP-2 Main homestead hardfork changes
  • EIP-7 Hardfork EVM update: DELEGATECALL
  • EIP-8 devp2p forward compatibility

Client releases

The Go version of Ethereum (geth) for Homestead will be release 1.3.4 release 1.3.5 and includes the above mentioned changes to the protocol and network. Following the release of Homestead the Go team will also shortly come with the 1.4 release, which is our big feature release and includes months of work. The reason for keeping Homestead and our feature release separate is to keep the Homestead release changes to an absolute minimum, making debugging easier when required.

The C++ version of Ethereum (eth) for Homestead will be version 1.2.0. Apart from the protocol and network changes, it also tries to be as compatible to geth as possible. You can already use Mist and “geth attach” with an eth node running in the background. In the next weeks, we will align key management with geth. The new DELEGATECALL feature of the EVM will be usable in Solidity for library calls (this is not yet released). For further details, please see the release notes.

What’s next

Over the next couple of weeks, the teams will come together to pave the road for future development on both the Ethereum protocol as well as a roadmap for the clients and sub-protocols such as Swarm and Whisper. Once we have a clear picture of the work ahead we’ll provide details in another blog post.

For more information about Ethereum, Homestead and how to operate one of the Ethereum clients, please head over to the Homestead Documentation project and let us together prepare for the next phase of Ethereum.

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Author Nomorenomores

Posted at 4:26 pm February 29, 2016.

Congratulations! Truly inspiring work!

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Author David Krmpotic

Posted at 4:41 pm February 29, 2016.

Congrats

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    Author Uros Sikimic

    Posted at 10:09 am March 1, 2016.

    Joining in congrats! 🙂

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Author Michael Kilday

Posted at 4:43 pm February 29, 2016.

Best new tech of the year, great work.

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Author Roman Yaremi

Posted at 4:54 pm February 29, 2016.

Congratulations from Russian and Ukraine Etherians. Good jobs! With respect for most bigger russian topic about ETH https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=996518.0 Yaremi 🙂

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Author angelomilan

Posted at 5:01 pm February 29, 2016.

Guys congrats, you are building the future 🙂

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Author Jiri Jetmar

Posted at 5:09 pm February 29, 2016.

Thanks guys, keep hacking ! 🙂

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Author Akiva Dubrofsky

Posted at 5:10 pm February 29, 2016.

Yay! Now when is Metropolis? 😉

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Author Blockchain France

Posted at 5:10 pm February 29, 2016.

Congrats from France !

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Author Laurent Raufaste

Posted at 5:21 pm February 29, 2016.

Congrats!

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Author Thiago Martins

Posted at 5:33 pm February 29, 2016.

Congratulations! This is historic!

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Author Flemming Dal Jørgensen

Posted at 5:49 pm February 29, 2016.

Congratulations! Awesome work!

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Author Jürgen

Posted at 5:57 pm February 29, 2016.

Congratulations from Germany where still just a few people know about Ethereum. You guys will go down to history with this amazing technologie !!!

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Author William Mougayar

Posted at 6:31 pm February 29, 2016.

Nice! Keep it coming 🙂

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Author Gerry Hussein

Posted at 6:54 pm February 29, 2016.

Congratulations to the team on this milestone
. Glad to have been part of the community since about this time 2 years ago and to see the individuals and the project evolve. This is still only the beginning… There is much work to do!

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Author Donald McIntyre

Posted at 8:16 pm February 29, 2016.

Congrats!

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Author Chris Forrester

Posted at 10:02 pm February 29, 2016.

lovely! keep up the good work, delegate calls are excellent 🙂

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Author Serge A. Salamanka

Posted at 12:22 am March 1, 2016.

Congrats from Belarus !

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Author Dragos Stefan

Posted at 12:37 am March 1, 2016.

Do your sub-protocol Swarm involves the coin Swarm listed in the counterparty assets?

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Author Count Laszlo

Posted at 1:01 pm March 1, 2016.

I only recently started getting involved with Ethereum and I feel like I was stepping into the light since then. The implications on capital markets, wider financial systems, asset protection, governments, and finally defining a way to bring humanity together as one are immense.

Who knows, maybe it is not Cochrane who secures us first contact after all. 🙂

Keep up the great work!
I am certain this will be a paradigm shift in so many areas of life.

You should be incredibly proud of yourself.
Well, I am sure you are.

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Author huguesad

Posted at 1:13 pm March 1, 2016.

Congrats from Berlin!!!

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Author Leonel More

Posted at 3:26 pm March 1, 2016.

Big congrats to the team!!

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Author robert fuchs

Posted at 1:00 am March 2, 2016.

Congrats from Las Vegas! This is amazing, can’t wait to see what the future holds in Ethereum :))

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Author Jeroen M

Posted at 1:30 am March 2, 2016.

History being written right here!

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Author Kaan

Posted at 3:16 am March 2, 2016.

How can I mine Ethereum? Mining equipment suggestions?? Keep up the exciting work.

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Author Freo

Posted at 3:00 am March 3, 2016.

Gratz and well done! ( I hope )

“Today, we’re incredibly proud to announce that we are finally ready to remove the scratched out word “safe” from our website as move into a new phase: Homestead”

Still there.

Best wishes

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Author Leon G. Vandenberg

Posted at 10:10 am March 3, 2016.

Been watching the hard work from the sidelines – Great work Congrats from @Fuzo and its founders

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Author Erik

Posted at 2:01 pm March 3, 2016.

Every long hype talk again. ( I know you need to sell your product just like anybody else)

Any short answers to the following questions ?

1) Is there going to be a new IPO or similar changes to coin emissions ?

2) Is there a way to calculate what it will cost to run decentrilzed programs on ETH ? It looks like the “Fuel” Ether is becoming more any more expensive to run on.

side note:

The ever increasing price of ETH seems to be a major danger to Ethereum, as it will/would be

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Author Андрей Крохин

Posted at 11:51 pm March 4, 2016.

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Author Guest

Posted at 5:46 pm March 5, 2016.

Well done guys. Bravo.

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Author pelias

Posted at 1:43 am March 11, 2016.

Hi, I have to update my geth but I can not found the wallet.dat in the .ethereum folder. Please, someone can tell me wich is the file that I have to save before to update? Thank!

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Author anthonyakentiev

Posted at 6:13 am March 17, 2016.

Great work!

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Posted at 8:07 pm March 25, 2016.

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    Author huwangangamu

    Posted at 1:57 pm April 24, 2016.

    sites look like scam. i don’t request anything in a coupla days but they always say “This wallet has already received rewards in the last 30 minutes.” or worst, they just ban my ip address without telling me what’s wrong.

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Author huwangangamu

Posted at 2:01 pm April 24, 2016.

why blockchain sync takes to dang long?

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Author marian

Posted at 9:57 am May 23, 2016.

Congrats from Slovenia!

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Author Leathan Axe

Posted at 1:33 am July 30, 2016.

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