Cardano releases ‘Node 9.0’, paving the way for the upcoming Chang’e hard fork

Cardano Releases 'Node 9.0', Paving The Way For The Upcoming Chang'E Hard Fork

The Cardano development team released the new Cardano validator node software “Node 9.0” on July 8. According to a YouTube video released by Cardno founder Charles Hoskinson on July 7, the new software is in the final stage of development. An upcoming Chang'e hard fork will occur.

The software was released around 7pm UTC. According to the notes, “The 9.0 hard fork (Chang) boundary is the first node to support termination on the mainnet and long-running testnets, such as preprod.”

Cardano Node 9.0 Notes. Source: Cardano, GitHub

Earlier in the day, Hoskinson announced in a YouTube video that the software was about to be released “next week”. He also said, “Probably on Monday or Tuesday, there will be a sign of a major upgrade.” For a hard fork to occur, 70% of nodes must vote to upgrade to the new software, Hoskinson said.

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Chang's hard fork is intended to be the first step towards fully decentralizing Cardano. On Cardano's roadmap, the “Voltaire era” begins, a time of major changes in the network's political system.

The developers have detailed these changes in Cardano Improvement Proposal 1694 (CIP 1694). According to this proposal, Chang will finally allow the introduction of Delegate Representatives (DReps) elected by Cardano (ADA) token holders.

These representatives will draw up the Cardano Constitution, which will be the network's governing law. After a constitution is drafted and approved, Dreps will continue to propose changes to the network in accordance with this constitution.

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CIP 1694 Infographic. Source: Essential Cardano

The Node 9.0 notes state that the full voting protocol is only available in version 10.0, so far “DRep does not enable voting and all administrative actions.” However, it “supports logging into the CIP-1694 bootstrap phase in production environments.”

At the time of publication, block explorer Cardanoscan showed that exchanges and share pools are not yet ready for a hard fork.

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Change hard fork readiness. Source: Cardanoscan

In a YouTube video, Hoskinson said he expects the hard fork to begin on “Monday or Tuesday,” indicating that the process will begin July 8-9.

Hoskinson previously said he expected the fork to happen in June, but that deadline passed nearly a week ago. Cardano made another node update on June 26 after an attacker attempted to disrupt the network with a distributed denial-of-service attack.

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