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Cardano’s Shelley testnet for Haskell different from the Rust project

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Last week the Cardano Foundation released Shelley’s Incentivized Testnet which was an entirely new software based on Jormungandr version8. CEO of IOHK, Cardano’s parent company, Charles Hoskinson shared a “brief update” with the community.

While pointing out that every testnet would have some sort of issues, Hoskinson revealed that they came across several comments pertaining to the same on platforms like Reddit and Telegram. To address this, several teams of the Foundation will reportedly work on the issues with other upgrades in order to ensure a release on 23 December. Speaking about what’s lined up for the team, Hoskinson highlighted that they have received a lot of support with regard to sinking issues as well as configuration issues.

Hoskinson added,

“It’s going to be a little rocky for the next few weeks, as expected. First, because we launched so close to Christmas, it means that we’re running on a skeleton crew so we can’t fix things or get things tuned as well as they need to be.”

However, Hoskinson affirmed that it was a strategic decision as the waiting period for the release would have been extended until January. Further, according to Hoskinson, the network is “somewhat stable.” He added,

“So as we go through January, we’ll see considerable improvements to sinking times, stability and other such things.”

Hoskinson hopes to see sustainability improvements along with the overall improvement of user experience with regard to the incentivized testnet before 15 January. Clearing out doubts regarding the incentivized testnet, Hoskinson said that they wouldn’t reset it, but would refresh and a new Genesis hash as it would witness the addition of new functionality.

Speaking about Haskell, Hoskinson suggested that that the Shelley testnet for Haskell would be very different from the Rust project. Revealing more details about Haskell, he highlighted the fact that the team working behind the project is all about software quality and stability. He went on to say,

“So the user experience for the testnet we launch for Haskell should be considerably better than the one that people have been experiencing with the Rust side.”


Sahana is a full-time cryptocurrency journalist at AMBCrypto. A graduate in Political Science and Journalism, her writing is centered around regulation and policy-making regarding the cryptocurrency sector across geographies.
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