May 2, 2015

A brief history of the Bitcoin Foundation's activity from 10/2014 through 4/2015

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A brief history of the Bitcoin Foundation's activity from 10/2014 through 4/2015

Last October (after my foray into bitcoind archaeology), mod6 and I took stewardship of the Satoshi, issuing a build of what we call the "Reference Implementation".

A rough chronology:

  • October
    • I publish an overview of changes to the Satoshi codebase since 0.3.1
    • Mircea Popescu proposes that mod6 and I head up what turns into the sanest collection of work on the Satoshi codebase.
    • mod6 and I publish the charter for La Serenissima's Foundation, determined to draw and hold a line against further USG-sponsored shitgnomery
    • mod6 and I contract with jurov to handle Foundation funds
    • asciilifeform transmits "chicken", the manifest of which mod6 uses to prune the USG Foundation's codebase into (some semblance of) sanity.
    • jurov builds and deploys a gpg-enabled mailserver for the Foundation
    • dignork submits the first patch to the Foundation's mailing list, backporting a fix for the mining overflow bug
  • November:
    • mircea_popescu publishes the Bitcoin Declaration of Sovereignty
    • asciilifeform pushes a mess of patches to the turdolator
    • mod6 reconfigures BDB to pass the wedge at block 252450
  • December:
    • Bastard block memory exhaustion bug surfaces
    • the Foundation starts working to cut a "release"
  • January:
    • myriad scripts and patches to said are written
    • asciilifeform writes `` and patches the Satoshi makefile for cross-architecture compiling
    • asciilifeform backports the orphanage burner
  • February:
    • asciilifeform writes a patch snipping DNS from the Satoshi codebase
    • asciilifeform starts publishing notes from his work on the Pogo project
    • The Foundation discovers that Bitcoin depends on a specific version of OpenSSL (1.0.1g is what we're working with for now)
  • March:
    • People insist that static builds are a hard requirement, Foundation gets to work
    • The Foundation releases a source tarball as a base for further work
  • April:
    • asciilifeform discovers that: GCC is not producing static builds due to "getaddrinfo" and "gethostbyname" dependency on system libraries at runtime, gcc + libnss madness
    • Everyone knocks off to get their shit together in preparation for the conference

That's all!

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