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Bitcoin Core 22.0 is out; here’s what’s new

The latest version released is the first to support the upcoming Taproot upgrade while also offering several other improvements and updates over previous Bitcoin Core versions.

About Bitcoin Core

Bitcoin Core is an open-source Bitcoin client software. It is a direct descendant of the original Bitcoin software client released initially by Satoshi Nakamoto after he published the mythical Bitcoin whitepaper.

Bitcoin Core consists of both “full-node” software for fully validating the blockchain as well as a BTC wallet. The project has an extensive open-source developer community with many casual contributors to the codebase. There are many more who contribute research, peer review, testing, documentation, and translation.

Make sure you visit Bitcoin Core’s Gitbook and download Bitcoin Core 22.0.

Bitcoin Core 22.0 notable updates

Among the changes introduced with the latest version are improvements to the build system, files, utilities, BTC wallets, graphical user interface (GUI), and RPC reinforcement.

We will sum up the most relevant updates below in a non-tech language, but be sure you can check the complete release notes to learn more about Bitcoin Core 22.0 in depth.

New, updated RPCs

Essentially, an RPC or Remote Procedure Calls describes a protocol that one program can use to request a service from a program located in another computer on a network without having to understand the network’s details. Authenticated clients use Bitcoin RPC to issue commands to send transactions, get status, and other purposes.

In 22.0, many of these RPC commands have been optimized and enhanced, aiming for better speed, data accuracy, and network security.

P2P and network changes

Bitcoin users can be identified by looking into the network and tracking the origin nodes of specific transactions. The IP addresses associated with these nodes can then be tied with real-world identities. To prevent this, in addition to the...

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