ETC Labs Reveals Ethereum Classic Development Roadmap

Key facts:
  • Proposals include running smart contracts and DApps on top of the Ethereum Classic network.

  • The defunct ETCDev team has in the past accused ETC Labs of centralizing the Ethereum Classic network.

One of Ethereum Classic’s development teams, ETC Labs, has announced a development team for the network. It will seek to improve and strengthen the network to prevent possible 51% attacks.

This Monday, the ETC Labs team published a release with the roadmap to be followed by ETC Labs Core, the new official development team for Ethereum Classic. According to the publication, the work of this team will be focused on decentralized development of services, mining and applications for the network. He also assured that he will respect the immutability of transactions, decentralization and previous versions of Ethereum Classic.

ETC Labs Core leaders will be Constantine Kryvomaz, Michael Collison, Mike Lubinets, Shane Jonas, Stevan Lohja and Zachary Belford. For the first quarter of 2019, the team intends to update the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and the Sputnik Virtual Machine (SVM) to “be compatible with the Ethereum hard fork”, which was scheduled for today but was postponed due to a detected vulnerability. In coordination with other teams working on ETC development, ETC Labs Core will set a block height to run SVM and enable EVM and SputnikVM for embedded applications.

In the second and third quarters of the year, the Classic Geth client will be supported and maintained. Throughout the year, they will work on the maintenance and support of Multi Geth. They also announced that will develop monitoring and analysis tools of the Ethereum Classic chain, following the recent 51% attack that resulted in a loss of 219,000 FTEs.

Similarly, the ETC Labs Core team will work on compatibility with the Emerald SDK, IPFS and Multi Geth for the implementation of smart contracts and Dapps based on Ethereum. In addition, they intend to make an “easy-to-use” block explorer available to the community.

In educational matters, in the first quarter of this year they will release documentation that helps developers to implement the improvements developed by the team. Finally, they explained that they will investigate and launch the prototypes of the DApps that will run on the Ethereum Classic network.

Centralization in Ethereum Classic

Recently, ETC Labs starred in a discussion on the centralization of the Ethereum Classic network. In December of last year, ETCDev, an ETC development team that stopped its operations due to lack of budget, exposed to ETC Labs for kicking other developers out of the ETC Github repository.

ETC Labs answered to this claiming that the measure had been taken to “rescue Ethereum Classic”, because the other development teams that had rights to the repository had only been concerned about its status and not about making improvements to the network.

However, ETCDev also accused ETC Labs members of taking credit for the network advancements that the development team had achieved during its years of operation. ETC Labs denied this accusation, and claimed that the enhancements found in the ETC repository are in the public domain. Thus, emerald SDK, an application for the development of DApps on the ETC blockchain that ETC Labs Core included in its roadmap, can also be found in the documents by ETCDev.

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ETC Labs Reveals Ethereum Classic Development Roadmap

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