Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson has again denied that the Cardano testnet is “catastrophically broken”. He also hinted that the Vasil hard fork must finally be pushed forward, after it has been delayed for a long time now.
On Sunday, Hoskinson explained on Twitter that some of the videos claiming that the Cardano testnet has a “catastrophic” problem would annoy him. These videos are due to a thread from Cardano ecosystem developer Adam Dean from Friday.
The developer claimed that the testnet was “catastrophically broken” due to an undetected bug in the Cardano Node v 1.35.2, which generates incompatible forks. This error was not detected during the previous tests.
After the bug, Cardano released a new client software, namely Cardano Node v1.35.3, in two different testnets.
However, Dean explained that since most operators switched to v1.35.2 to simulate the Vasil hard fork, v1.35.3 was also “incompatible and unable to synchronize with the original testnet”. The two testnets had “no block history”.
Hoskinson, on the other hand, argues that the bug in this node version was fixed in update 1.35.3. He was upset that further testing would lead to further delays of the hard fork:
“Of course, as a community, we could postpone the launch of Vasil for a few months in order to retest a code that has already been tested a dozen times and is already running. Is it worth it for all those DApp developers who have been waiting for this update for almost a year?”
During a Q&A session on Friday, Hoskinson also said there was an “unfair narrative” surrounding Cardano and his testnet issues. This is “incredibly destructive and harmful”.
“You can’t lump a failed testnet together with the mainnet, because testnets are constantly being built up and destroyed in this industry. That’s their argument. […] They in no way harm Cardano directly.”
On Sunday, Hoskinson explained that “the reality with such a large and complex project is that it’s easy to get caught up in the things that don’t work well and forget the things that work well”.
He added that the Vasil hard fork will lead to a new governance process and more inclusive structures, which in turn will lead to “more useful code” and “faster development”.
“Moments that give us the chance to change and grow. Let’s create Vasil together and then let’s move on to a higher level and fix some of the older bugs of the project so that Cardano can grow to its next level as well.”
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The Vasil hard fork has already been postponed several times this year. Most recently at the end of July due to problems discovered on the testnet. However, Hoskinson said in the Q&A that he is optimistic that the Vasil hard fork will come out “shortly”.
“The functions are available, they have proven themselves, they have been thoroughly tested, and you are strongly convinced of these. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t get over the home stretch soon.”
Cardano (ADA) is currently around $0.45, down 18.5 percent over the past week.