Similar to the network and its last backwards as well as the incompatible upgrade in September, Atlantis, Agharta makes Ethereum Classic (ETC) more interoperable with the sister-chain Ethereum.
As part of the new hard fork, the Constantinople and St. Petersburg upgrades deployed in tandem on the ETH network last February will be enabled under Ethereum Classic Improvement Proposal (ECIP) 20156.
The 22nd largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Ethereum Classic successfully rised following the hard fork but still has a messy divorce foloowing the 2016 DAO hack. Ethereum Classic and the community members opted to not roll back the transactions enabling the DAO hacker to steal the funds. Meanwhile, the Ethereum soft-fork partially reclaimed the hacked funds.
Three years after the split, Ethereum Classic has engaged in efforts to rebuild the community and technical ties between the two chains, Atlantis and Agharta. These are the two measures towards this effort.
As reported by media outlets before in the Ethereum Classic news, ETC and Constantinople included four ETH improvement proposals (EIPs) and most code changes revolved around optimizations for developers, code edits for further scaling solutions and Ethereum’s economic policy.
Even though different chains with different visions are there, Ethereum Classic successfully rises. The only problem is that the altcoin is facing similar difficulties to Ethereum. According to the ETC Core executive director Bob Summerwill, ETC is showing signs of consolidation around select clients – and the full servers which process network requests – similarly to Ethereum.
“The client diversity problem on ETC is in the opposite direction [of ETH], with Parity-Ethereum dominating,” Summerwill said in the ethereum AllCoreDevs Gitter channel. “Geth Classic is being deprecated and won’t be supported after this pending fork, and it looks like most node operators are taking the advice and migrating off.”
At the time of writing, Ethereum Classic successfully operates with 252 Parity Ethereum clients, 167 Geth Classic, 80 Multi-Geth and 1 Besu for a total of 500 clients. The developers expect the Multi-Geth and Besu clients to fill the gap.
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