The Constantinople upgrade may be delayed until 27 February according to the latest news from the Ethereum community.
The news came out on Friday after a developers meeting where several new proposals related to the code changes in EIP-1283 were discussed and would result in the delay. The decision to delay the fork until 27 February means that the second version of Constantinople will not hit the network just yet.
Previously aborted Constantinople network upgrade had caused some issues for the network. On one hand, some miners continued to mine thinking that the hard fork had already taken place. Whereas, on the other hand, the developers’ community was unable to figure out a way to proceed with the upgrade, which is aimed at achieving lower transaction fees.
In the recent developers meeting, the issue of including EIP-1283 again was not even discussed. The developers along with the community have been scarred from the damage done by the initial security vulnerability.
Media reports claim that developers discussed a “two fork” strategy in order to make sure that the whole network is ready for the next planned hard fork. Moreover, a special treat for the miners who have continued to mine a falsified Ethereum Constantinople chain was also discussed.
Furthermore, the discussion included a change of name for the upgrade which was ignored by members. They believed that the name of the upgrade wasn’t that important.
During the meeting, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin suggested that due to an upcoming difficulty bomb, it is better to launch the new upgrade as soon as possible. It is expected that actual block times will be affected by the difficulty bomb. However, the users may not be able to detect it.
He added that in the next six weeks, the block times may go up to 20-21 seconds. He maintained that even right now block times have been increased by 9% from the ice age. In his opinion, a six-week timeline is realistic as the upgrade will involve more work than just removing the EIP-1283 related codes.
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