Monero’s Hard Fork “Beryllium Bullet” | What You Need to Know

Not all crypto forks are created equal… here’s what you need to know about XMR 0.13.0

Matty Bv3


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Thursday, October 18th, the granddaddy of all privacy coins underwent a major hard fork.
Oh…you didn’t hear about this one?
That’s likely because Monero (Ticker: XMR available on Binance and most popular exchanges) has done a stellar job of controlling the narrative and branding it a ‘protocol upgrade’ rather than a ‘hard fork’.

And, yes, that’s a good thing.

(Edit 12.5.2018: While I have not received compensation, all opinions are my own, this post does include referral links where applicable)

A hard fork is little more than a protocol upgrade where mom and dad refuse to share custody.

No child of mine will be raised believing in BIP 126! (#sarcasm)

The truth is… protocol upgrades occur all the time and rarely cause problems. Ethereum has had more than it’s fair share (the Ethereum/Ethereum Classic fork obviously being an anomaly). ARK , the self-proclaimed ‘Wordpress of Blockchains’, recently launched its Core V2 protocol on devnet without problems. Quite an accomplishment considering it was a complete re-write, from scratch, of the originally Lisk-forked code.
Fortunately, Monero’s 0.13.0 “Beryllium Bullet” release looks to be heading in in the right direction.

This article explains more about Hard Forks vs Soft Forks and ARK’s Core V2 in case you’re interested.

So why should you care?

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Quite a few reasons actually.

First, the list of improvements and bug fixes is gargantuan.
How big is gargantuan?
It includes well over 100 upgrades as can be seen on Monero’s original post here (a list of changes is also included at the end of this article).