There has been a lot of controversy in the Cardano community as the network nears a major milestone. This blockchain is preparing to roll out an update via a Hard Fork Combinator (HFC) event called “Vasil,” but there has been some disagreement between the community and lead developer, Input Output Global (IOG).
“Vasil” will introduce network performance on Cardano which is expected to improve its ecosystem and potentially expand its decentralized finance (DeFi) sector. However, the HFC event has been repeatedly pushed back, causing frustration in some sectors of the community.
IOG CEO and Cardano Founder Charles Hoskinson has asked Stake Pool Operators (SPOs) to upgrade to a new version of that network’s client v1.35.3. This request prompted two influential developers and community members, Adam Dean and Andrew Westberg, to publicly disagree with Hoskinson.
Westberg took to Twitter and claimed that the Cardano founder was “not on par with his DevOps and testing teams.” The developer and the SPO believe that version 1.35.3 needs more testing. So, he asked the community as follows:
Run 1.35.3 on preview network. Run 1.34.1 or 1.35.3 on the preprod network. Wait for them to hardfork successfully and we verify that there are no issues. THEN we can update the mainnet.
Adam Dean shared a similar sentiment saying that version 1.35.3 on the testnet is “catastrophically” broken due to a bug. The IOG team, according to the developer, went back and forth with this version of the Cardano client.
At which time, the SPOs were informed that 1.35.3 was “tested and ready for the Vasil Hard Fork”, but the community continued to discover “bugs”. In that sense, Dean thinks the process of deploying “Vasil” on the mainnet is “rushed”. Dean added:
Testnet is still broken, as majority of operators upgraded to 1.35.2 on testnet to simulate a Vasil HFC event there, 1.35.3 is now incompatible and unable to sync the channel, legacy installs are still on a fork or another…
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The events around the Vasil HFC event could have put the entire Cardano blockchain at risk, Dean said. The developer believes the project has come close to a potentially doomsday event, adding that “if there was a nuclear clock for Cardano, we are getting dangerously close to midnight.”
Earlier today, Hoskinson replied concerns expressed by a sector of the ADA community. He called the claims of “rushing” v 1.35.3 “bizarre and alarmist”.
The Cardano founder believes the code has been “thoroughly tested over months” in a process that included community members and SPOs. In this sense, all problems with the code have been “removed”. Hoskinson wondered:
We could of course, as a community, delay the launch of Vasil for a few months to retest code that has already been tested a dozen times and is already running. Is it worth it for all the DApp developers who have been waiting for this update for almost a year now?
However, Hoskinson delegated the decision to implement v 1.35.3 to the community. The current controversy has been seen as a sign that users have more power and a voice over changes to this blockchain, but IOG’s CEO has expressed frustration with the process.
You are the SPOs, it is ultimately up to you. I’m really tired of taking the blame from both sides. Cardano is decentralized. The people running the network ultimately decide on upgrades, not me.
—Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) August 19, 2022