Validated, staking on eth2: #5 - Why client diversity matters

*Disclaimer: None of this is meant as a slight against any client in particular. There is a high likelihood that each client and possibly even the specification has its own oversights and bugs. Eth2 is a complicated protocol, and the people implementing it are only human. The point of this article is to highlight how and why the risks are mitigated.* With the launch of the Medalla testnet, people were encouraged to experiment with different clients. And right from genesis,...
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ESP: Beyond Grants [ENG/普通话]

Since transitioning into the Ecosystem Support Program from EF Grants, we’ve talked about defining “support” more comprehensively, thinking beyond simple grant funding. But what does a more comprehensive definition of support actually mean? In practice, it means something different for every project, and it starts with a conversation. ESP was conceived to make a wide range of EF’s resources more accessible to the community, which starts with making our process accessible to anyone who might need support. We take the...
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eth2 quick update no. 14

All eyes on Medalla testnet – genesis in less than 24 hours 👀 tl;dr Medalla testnet launches August 4th at 1pm UTC New multi-client attacknet is up with new challenges and larger bounties
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Ethereum turns 5 🎂

Five years ago today, Ethereum’s genesis block marked the official network launch. Today, most members of the community spend their time thinking about all of the work that’s left to be done, but it’s also important to recognize on this fifth anniversary of Ethereum’s launch just how unbelievably far we have all come, what a wild adventure every twist and turn has been, and how much all of us (and the technology) have grown. There were times when some hoped...

Ethereum.org Translation Program: Milestone and Updates

Your browser does not support the video tag. Today we’re excited to celebrate a huge milestone - Ethereum.org now supports 30 languages! 🎉🎉🎉 Since we launched the Website Translation Program seven months ago, we’ve seen how decentralized collaboration can result in a significant impact in the ecosystem, benefiting hundreds of thousands of community members around the world. As of today, 467 volunteers from 52 language groups have helped make ethereum.org accessible to non-English speaking communities in their mother tongues. Thanks...
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The 1.x Files: GHOST in the Stack Machine

Ethereum can be simple enough to understand from a bird’s-eye view: Decentralized applications powered by the same sort of crypto-economic guarantees that underpin Bitcoin. But once you’ve zoomed in to, say, a street-level view, things get complicated rapidly. Even assuming one has a strong grasp on proof-of-work, it’s not immediately clear how that translates to a blockchain doing more than keeping track of everyone’s unspent transaction outputs. Bitcoin uses computational work to decentralize money. Ethereum uses computational work to decentralize...
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eth2 validator launchpad 🚀

After months of hard work from the eth2 research team, along with Consensys and DeepWork Studio, we’re happy to announce the release of the eth2 validator launchpad (testnet version). We’re releasing it now so that you can keep track of, and make deposits into, the upcoming Medalla multi-client testnet. But we’ll continue to fine-tune the interface in the run-up to mainnet launch. The idea behind the launchpad is to make the process of becoming an eth2 validator as easy as...