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Hoskinson shuts down talk of ‘hush-hush culture’ over stalled Vasil upgrade

24 Aug, 20223 min readAltcoins
Hoskinson shuts down talk of ‘hush-hush culture’ over stalled Vasil upgrade

Input Output (IO) CEO Charles Hoskinson shut down claims that Cardano operates within a “hush-hush culture.”

Hoskinson spoke out after developer Adam Dean publicly said the Vasil testnet is “catastrophically broken.” Meanwhile, Sebastien Guillemot shed light on his company culture experience and said Cardano devs are muzzled when talking about development roadblocks.

However, in a live stream posted shortly after Dean’s tweet, Hoskinson said there had been an “unfair narrative” spun over testnet issues.

Cardano founder dismisses notion of “hush-hush culture”

Specifically, Guillemot voiced his frustrations with an alleged “hush-hush culture” surrounding his work on the Vasil upgrade. The developer said even the suggestion of an issue “leads to a multi-day panic.”

We have such a hush-hush culture that even hinting at some test network issue leads to a multi-day panic. Meanwhile in Ethereum, devs can just honestly talk about their software — Sebastien Guillemot (@SebastienGllmt) August 23, 2022

His comments came in response to a post by Ethereum dev Péter Szilágyi, who openly admitted the latest Geth 1.10.22 release is “borked.”

Countering Guillemot, Hoskinson denied a “hush-hush culture” exists, accusing the developer of “wanting to kick up dust for no apparent reason.”

Backing up his rebuttal, the Cardano founder said open issues are listed on Github for all to see. And direction communication channels are available via Discord. He later added that having technical and quality assurance discussions on Twitter, Reddit, and Telegram “serves no purpose and just harms progress.”

Latest update on the “catastrophically broken” Vasil upgrade

The Vasil upgrade was delayed for a second time on July 28 after discovering three separate bugs. At the time, Hoskinson commented that the latest 1.35.3 version is likely the one to survive the hard fork and upgrade to Vasil and added that the upgrade rollout would not take much longer.

However, on August 18, Dean posted a tweet thread detailing how the Vasil testnet is “catastrophically broken.” The developer said rushed delivery revealed incompatible forks and “a decrease to chain density.”

🧵 (1/n) It's important to point out today that the #Cardano #Testnet is **catastrophically** broken due to a bug in Cardano Node v 1.35.2. This was the version that we had previously been told was "Tested and Ready" for the Vasil Hardfork. This bug was only discovered…— Adam Dean (@adamKDean) August 18, 2022

Dean added that the 1.35.3 version is incompatible with most operators, as they had upgraded to the previous version. Moreover, the testing of 1.35.3 is fractured due to the existence of multiple testnets for that software version.

Commenting on this, Hoskinson said the bugs were known about for “quite some time,” and the response deployed was to “roll back” for correction. He added that “all of these things have been resolved,” and heavy testing of version 1.35.3 has given the team a high degree of confidence that the code is solid.

With that, Hoskinson dismissed the narrative that Vasil has quality issues.

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