The day has finally come that has been on the cards for so long, which sees Bitcoin moves into new realms and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is born.
In this blog post I will cover what all this means and works for you. So do not worry by the end of this you will get a better understanding and will learn about the future of Bitcoin.
Earlier today a subset of bitcoin's miners began operating a different software in order to create a competing cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Cash. The move would effectively find a minority of users forging ahead with their own blockchain, one that shares a transaction history with bitcoin.
As previously reported, Bitcoin Cash – which raises the size of the network's transaction blocks while doing away with other capacity upgrades – is being advanced as an alternative to existing scaling efforts. Some of those who backed prior efforts aimed at raising the block size have since moved to support Bitcoin Cash.
Yet the split is far from complete.
Thus far, that hasn't happened, and some observers believe that it could take hours or more for that block to be created. In the meantime, the original bitcoin chain has continued.
So the fork has begun and the chain has split in two, this means we now have the original Bitcoin – BTC which price still sits around $2700 a coin. Considering that everyone thought the price would drop dramatically it holds tight for now.
Only time will tell how this will be effected.
Bitcoin Cash has started trading around $200 a coin and hopefully it will grow just like its daddy BTC. As normal for now you can see a slight decline in price, but that is normal on first day of trading so no need to panic. just yet.
Many of the Bitcoin community are selling coins to get into Bitcoin cash such as Roger Ver who is liquidating thousands to partake into the new realm of Bitcoin Cash.
What is Bitcoin cash & does it offer more?
Bitcoin was designed back in 2009 & I don't quite think anyone could have expected what has happened and the success it has gained since, but there was some major processing problems and the System could not handle and process transactions fast enough to handle the community demands.
So a solution was needed and the core developers, miners, investors come up with Bitcoin Cash and the platform was born.
Bitcoin has now split into two different platforms.
Here are some FAQ from the Bitcoin Cash website
What is Bitcoin Cash?
Bitcoin Cash is peer-to-peer electronic cash for the Internet. It is fully decentralized, with no central bank and requires no trusted third parties to operate.
Is Bitcoin Cash different from 'Bitcoin'?
Yes. Bitcoin Cash is the continuation of the Bitcoin project as peer-to-peer digital cash. It is a fork of the Bitcoin blockchain ledger, with upgraded consensus rules that allow it to grow and scale.
If I own Bitcoin, do I automatically own Bitcoin Cash too?
Yes. Because Bitcoin Cash is a fork of the ledger, that means you own the same amount of Bitcoin Cash as you did Bitcoin at the time of the forking block. However, if your Bitcoins are stored by a third party such as an exchange, then you must inquire with them about your cash.
How is transaction replay being handled between the new and the old blockchain?
Bitcoin Cash transactions use a new flag SIGHASH_FORKID, which is non standard to the legacy blockchain. This prevents Bitcoin Cash transactions from being replayed on the Bitcoin blockchain and vice versa.
Why was a fork necessary to create Bitcoin Cash?
The legacy Bitcoin code had a maximum limit of 1MB of data per block, or about 3 transactions per second. Although technically simple to raise this limit, the community could not reach a consensus, even after years of debate.
Was the 1 MB blocksize causing problems for Bitcoin?
Yes, In 2017, capacity hit the 'invisible wall'. Fees skyrocketed, and Bitcoin became unreliable, with some users unable to get their transactions confirmed, even after days of waiting.
Bitcoin stopped growing. Many users, merchants, businesses and investors abandoned Bitcoin. Its marketshare among other cryptocurrencies quickly plummeted from 95% to 40%.
Does Bitcoin Cash fix these problems?
Yes. Bitcoin Cash immediately raises the blocksize limit to 8MB as part of a massive on-chain scaling approach. There will be ample capacity for everyone's transactions.
Low fees and fast confirmations will resume with Bitcoin Cash. The network will be allowed to grow again. Users, merchants, businesses, and investors will return.
Why didn't Bitcoin raise the blocksize if it was easy?
Some of the developers did not understand and agree with the original vision of peer-to-peer electronic cash that Satoshi Nakamoto had created. Instead, they preferred Bitcoin become a settlement layer.
Many miners and users trusted these developers, while others recognized that they were leading the community down a different road than expected.
These two very different visions for Bitcoin are largely incompatible, which led to the community divide.
Which Development Team is In Charge of Bitcoin Cash?
Unlike the previous situation in Bitcoin, there is no one single development team for Bitcoin Cash. There are now multiple independent teams of developers.
This decentralization of development (and decentralization of software implementations) is a much needed and important step forward.
There are a few exchanges and wallets accepting the new technology where you will be able to attain your new BCH.
(If you would like any help understanding this move, please feel free to reach out and we will be happy to help you any way you can.)
Bitcoin Cash offers a new solution to speed up transactions that was needed to enhance this technology and concept of Bitcoin.
Another huge Crypto went through the same process with a hard fork last year and created two platforms which was Ethereum creating the classic and Ethereum platforms.
This has not stopped them creating success and moving forward.
I think that both Bitcoin communities will now continue to grow, but only time can tell what will happen.
No matter what the outcome Cryptocurrency will change the world as we know itAs time goes on technology evolves and becomes better so I think that Bitcoin maybe the time was right for an upgrade/ update to a system that was limited on what it could achieve.
Now we have to see if the community have made the right choice?
What are you thoughts on this move?
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