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Ethereum dev says ETH 2.0 delayed until 2021, but Vitalik Buterin denies

The much-awaited launch of Ethereum’s ETH 2.0 “Serenity” update might be delayed to 2021, if Ethereum Foundation developers working on the project are to be believed.

However, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is sticking with a 2020 release “regardless of the level of readiness.”

Delayed again, or maybe not

Developers from the Ethereum Foundation (EF) took to a Reddit AMA yesterday, fielding questions on ETH 2.0 among others.

One commenter was quick to ask EF’s Justin Drake about the launch of Phase 0 for ETH 2.0. The developer was quick to note he would like to some of (the below) four things before the protocol is eventually launched:

a public testnet with 3+ clients running smoothly for 2-3 months an incentivized “attack net” running for 2-3 months (teased here—more details soon) a bug bounty program similar to running for 2-3 months serious differential fuzzing across clients

He then said “I’m now inclined to say that the earliest practical date for genesis is something like January 3, 2021,” around the same time as Bitcoin’s 12th anniversary.

Drake noted they “had made ETH 2.0 hard for themselves,” citing an earlier tweet:

We made Eth2 hard for ourselves: * many design iterations* many community clients vs one EF-led client* libp2p vs devp2p; BLS12-381 vs BN254 We could have launched a year or two earlier the easy way. It was painful but it was right. Our investments will pay off for decades 🙂 — Justin Ðrake (@drakefjustin) May 15, 2020

Meanwhile, Vitalik Buterin jumped into the comments to present his view, sticking to the earlier schedule of a 2020 launch:

“Eth 1 took 4 months from the first multi-client testnet to launch, and I’d argue the four-month clock started ticking for us at the beginning of July when Altona launched.” Altona testnet an “amazing” development

Buterin said ETH 2.0 phase zero is a little simpler on-net, and that the protocol “is not going to have an...

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