EthereumPoW (ETHW) fork date officially announced. It is expected to take place within 24 hours after The Merge. The mainnet will start at the block height of the Merge block “plus” 2048 EMPTY blocks. The EthereumPoW team faces scrutiny over delays in a proposed chainID change, and a last minute release of code.
The Ethereum proof-of-work fork’s formal introduction of ETHW is explained in detail. Within 24 hours of The Merge, the Ethereum proof-of-work fork will be implemented.
According to a tweet from @EthereumPoW, the social media account in charge of the next ETHW mainnet, who lay out the idea in a thread outlining the tactic, this is the case.
One hour prior to the exact moment of the network activation, a formal announcement is anticipated. The ETHW chainID will then change to 10001 at which point the final code, config files, binaries, and other crucial files including node data, RPC information, and explorer information will be made public.
The mainnet will go live at the given time after 2048 empty blocks are processed, which means that the first ETHW block to contain any transactions on the mainnet will be the Merge block +2049 according to thread. This is done to allow enough time for the chainID swap to take place.
The decision to delay the code release and update the chainID until the last minute has some developers puzzled.
Days ago Coinbase Distinguished Software Engineer Roberto Bayardo submitted a GitHub pull request on behalf of Coinbase to clarify EthereumPoW fork code availability and activation, where it was noted that a new chainID had yet to be submitted, and that using the same chainID post-merge would pose a significant risk to replay, or double-spend attacks.
Despite the ETHW team’s response to Bayardo, which said that measures are being taken to prevent replay assaults, other users have expressed their disapproval of delaying the public publication of the code until just before The Merge.
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