Founder of the Cardano ecosystem Charles Hoskinson took to Twitter to vent his frustration over fud reports following the testnet fiasco. It needs to be reminded that one of the leading developers Adam Dean warned that the blockchain’s testnet is “catastrophically broken” blaming it on the team’s rush to launch the Vasil hard fork upgrade.
In Aug, Cardano stake pool operators discovered a critical bug in the latest version of the blockchain’s client software. This rendered the Layer 1 blockchain’s testnet incompatible and incapable of supporting the newest client software.
Input Output, the research wing behind the ecosystem had reassured pool operators that Cardano Node version 1.34.2 had been heavily tested and was ready for deployment.
After the bug was detected, Cardano released a new node, 1.35.3, earlier this week but it failed to sync with the original testnet and is presently running on two new testnets without any block history.
Dean cautioned against the “rush” to deploy the Vasil upgrade and that it is making him nervous. Mincing no words, he then went on to say that the blockchain could have faced a catastrophe if the community didn’t catch the bugs in time.
While IOHK chose to remain silent on the latest developments, Hoskinson reiterated that the code had been thoroughly tested for months, including the network’s stake pool operators [SPOs]. And that the vulnerability in 1.35.2 was fixed in version 1.35.3, which was released following the discovery of the bug.
Despite several assurances, the developer’s comment sparked a wildfire with FUD news cropping up across social. This did not go down well with Hoskinson who was apparently miffed over the way things were handled,
I’m personally deeply frustrated that we don’t have a members-based organization to represent the needs and desires of the community. I would have done things dramatically differently with my current knowledge had I gotten a do-over. It’s being fixed now, but it takes time.
The founder then rued that having a fragmented approach to ecosystem development and the absence of accountability structures outside of catalyst could act as a roadblock for sustainable adoption.
Cardano Founder-” There would be an extensive Vasil post-mortem “
Acknowledging that the events like this are “teachable”, Hoskinson added that there would be an extensive post-mortem of Vasil that would accommodate changes through CIPs and new organizations that represent all the different factions.
Trumpeted as Cardano’s “most significant update” to date, the Vasil hard fork was initially slated to be launched on June 29. However, as the deadline approached, IOHK pushed back the upgrade to the last week of July and then for “a few more weeks” to allow more time for testing.