Vitalik Buterin answered questions from the community on Reddit. In particular, he gave more information on the transition from Ethereum to Proof-of-Stake.
Ethereum is slowly moving towards Proof-of-Stake
The slow and complicated transition from BitQT to Proof-of-Stake has long been chronicled. Several times the project got caught up in issues that caused delays. But this does not mean that the developers will choose to come up with the new version of Ethereum in a rush, according to Vitalik Buterin.
The creator of Ethereum explains in a Reddit thread that the implementation of sharding is not particularly problematic in terms of temporality, but that it is another story for the transition to Proof-of-Stake. Beyond the technical difficulties and deadlines, Vitalik Buterin explains that fundamental work will have to be done to convince the community :
“The Ethereum community as a whole, including main Eth1 developers, block explorers, exchanges, etc. Must be convinced that the Proof-of-Stake is sufficiently risk-free and that a full transition can now be made. “
No passage to Proof-of-Stake before November 2021
Hence this conclusion from Vitalik Buterin: the transition from Ethereum to Proof-of-Stake will not take place before November 2021, at the earliest:
“I would say that less than a year is not realistic . Even if a full merge implementation magically arrived in February, I would still recommend waiting until around November. [This is] convince people that the Proof-of-Stake is secure, so that they do to the idea that the entire ecosystem to 50 billion will become really depends a nt of Beacon Chain. “
The creator of Ethereum also recalls that investing in Ethereum is a matter of faith, and confidence in the future of the ecosystem:
“If you chose Ethereum today, you should do so not because you believe the current rules (economic or technical) deserve to be protected and stabilized at all costs, but because you believe in the direction that the ecosystem . „
Will Vitalik Buterin manage to gather enough lost sheep in his parish? This is the question that arises when the contract for the staking has been opened. Today 108,704 ETH has been staked out of the 524,888 ETH that needs to be locked in for the mainnet to launch. Ethereum 2.0 phase 0 will be initiated in early December. It remains to be seen whether the community will show sufficient confidence… and patience.