BitShares Core Release 3.0.0 (mandatory)

approved and published on 03/27/2019

Dear BitShares User and Business Partners,

the BitShares Blockchain Foundation is pleased to let everyone know about the upcoming protocol upgrade for the main BitShares Blockchain.

Highlights

The new release comes with three highlights for the community:

We encourage everyone to go through the release notes [1].

Important remark

This is a protocol upgrade release. All nodes must upgrade before

 2019-04-23 14:02:00 UTC

Upgrade

This is how you can upgrade from source:

git fetch origin
git checkout 3.0.0
git submodule sync --recursive
git submodule update --init --recursive
# it follows the usual compile instructions with cmake and make

A new docker container is currently built by Docker Hub and will be available shortly via

docker pull bitshares/bitshares-core:3.0.0

Change Log

The detailed lists about bug and security fixes can be found in the Release Notes [1]

Mailing Lists

We would like to remind everyone of the mailing lists [2] operated by the BitShares Blockchain Foundation where business operators and users can engage discussions and get the most recent updates, directly. An distinct mailing list for critical operation updates exists, too.

Protocol Upgrade: A reliable and secure hard fork

The new release modifies the blockchain protocol and due to this is a consensus-changing modification. While the usual terminology for this kind of upgrade in other blockchains is hard-fork, we would like to emphasis a new term for Graphene-based blockchains: protocol upgrade. The reasons we distinguish our upgrades from a hard-forks, is that our consensus mechanism - delegated proof of stake (DPOS) - does not allow for the blockchain to split into two (or even more) independent blockchains. BitShares comes with an inherent replay protection and together with BTS holder-approved block producers cannot result in a splitting of the blockchain.

Acknowledgement

The BitShares Blockchain Foundation would like to acknowledge the efforts taken by the entire core team and is looking forward to more excellent releases.

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