- Ethereum developers have released several short-lived testnets to experiment with the merge.
- The release of this “longer-lived public testnet” should be one of the last steps before Ethereum 2.0 is functional.
Ethereum developer teams have been hard at work preparing for Ethereum 2.0, the proof-of-stake platform designed to make the blockchain’s transactions faster, cheaper, and less energy-intensive.
But while ETH2 isn’t ready quite yet, its first major testnet is, providing the public with a look into how the network may soon function.
Tim Beiko, who coordinates the Ethereum core developers, announced the Kintsugi testnet today on the Ethereum Foundation blog. Kintsugi is a Japanese word for using gold to repair broken objects without attempting to hide the damage; the word evokes a sense of transparency about something’s history.
Over the past few months, client teams have been working tirelessly to implement a new set of merge milestones. They are now live on a new testnet: Kintsugi 🍵!
Here’s how you can join the testnet and help with testing: https://t.co/ARDezguzXE 👀
Christmas came early🎄!
— Tim Beiko | timbeiko.eth 🍵 (@TimBeiko) December 20, 2021
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