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What is going on with the Vasil hard fork and Cardano’s testnet?


Charles Hoskinson, the founder of Cardano, says the problems with the Cardano Vasil hard fork have been “incredibly corrosive and damaging” and wants to end the controversy.


Charles Hoskinson, the creator of Cardano, has continued to deny assertions that the Cardano testnet is “catastrophically broken,” suggesting the need to finally implement the Vasil hard fork that has been postponed for so long.

Hoskinson expressed his dissatisfaction with some of the videos asserting Cardano’s testnet has a “catastrophic” problem in a thread on Twitter on Sunday. The videos were a result of a Friday thread from Cardano ecosystem developer Adam Dean.

The developer claimed that a previously unknown bug in Cardano’s Node v 1.35.2 that generates incompatible forks—which managed to slip under the radar of the previous testing—is to blame for the testnet being “catastrophically broken.”

In response to the bug, Cardano released Cardano Node v1.35.3 on two different testnets.

Dean pointed out that v1.35.3 is also “incompatible and incapable of syncing” with the original testnet and that the two testnets are “without a block history” because the majority of operators upgraded to v1.35.2 to mimic the Vasil hard fork.

However, Hoskinson has argued that the coding flaw discovered in that node version had been fixed in the 1.35.3 update, expressing his frustration that additional testing would cause the hard fork to be delayed further:

“We of course could as a community delay the launch of Vasil for a few months to retest code that’s already been tested a dozen times and is already running. Is that worth it to all the DApp developers who have been waiting for this update for almost a year now?”

Hoskinson also claimed that Cardano and its testnet issues have been the subject of a “unfair narrative” that is “incredibly corrosive and damaging,” during a Friday Ask-Me-Anything session.

Testnets are constantly being built and destroyed in this industry, so you can’t confuse a failed testnet with the mainnet. They make that point. […] They do not, under any circumstances, harm Cardano.

The reality of something this big and complex is that one can easily get caught up in the things that aren’t working well and forget the things that are, Hoskinson said on Sunday.

He continued by saying that the Vasil hard fork will produce “more useful code” and “faster developments” as well as a new governance process and more inclusive structures.

Moments that offer us the chance to develop and change. Together, let’s finish Vasil, then ascend to greater heights and address some of the project’s founding transgressions so that Cardano can advance to its next stage.

The most recent delay of the Vasil hard fork this year occurred at the end of July as a result of problems found on the testnet. Hoskinson expressed optimism that the Vasil hard fork will ship “imminently” during the AMA, though.

“The features are present, they have been tested extensively, they have worked, and there is a high level of confidence in them. There is no excuse why it won’t cross the finish line soon.

On Monday, the price of Cardano’s ADA was $0.45, a decrease of 18.5% from the previous week.



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