Bitcoin is an open source cryptocurrency platform with multiple developer teams working constantly to develop new solutions. Bitcoin Core team, currently responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of Bitcoin network has announced a new update to the software, fixing few bugs and performance issues.
The Bitcoin Core version 0.13.2 was announced a couple of days ago on the official website. The new version is a result of contributions from over 28 developers in different capacities. According to the release, the new version is a minor update that carries bad news for those who still prefer to rely on age-old software.
“This is a new minor version release, including various bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as updated translations.”
In the update, the team has made it clear that it will no longer be supporting any Windows XP related issues. The announcement comes after users reported few bugs in the Bitcoin Core software version 0.12.x while running on Windows XP-powered machines.
Microsoft Corporation, the creator of Windows operating system has officially ended support to Windows XP back in April 2014. However, it seems like some people in the community are still relying upon the age-old operating system. Bitcoin Core advises the community to upgrade their Windows to recent versions or replace it with other alternative operating systems, currently supported by Bitcoin Core. It is not just Windows XP. Bitcoin Core has also withdrawn support for OSX 10.7, starting with the previous software update (0.13.1).
Until now, a failure to include new bitcoin transaction into mempool would return an error following an RPC call. Further, the software had to be restarted to confirm such transactions. But with the new update, the rebroadcast process will be automated, eliminating the need to manually restart the software. It also gives the option to abandon transactions in the wallet that are not included into the mempool.
The “Change to wallet handling of mempool rejection” is a meaningful feature as the Bitcoin network frequently gets overloaded due to increased transactions. With no scaling solutions in place, the problem is expected to continue.
The community is waiting for bigger updates than minor bug fixes and it is time for Bitcoin Core team to implement some serious scalability fixes.
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