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The Baking Sheet - Issue #92

The Baking Sheet - Issue #92
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One week left until Fast Finality is here – make sure you’re prepared for the TenderBake Upgrade

Welcome to this week’s issue of The Baking Sheet!
As we move closer to the upcoming activation of Protocol Ithaca, Tenderbake is closer than ever. On March 31st, Ithaca will activate autonomously on the Tezos network. 
In this week’s issue, we feel it’s important to highlight what’s coming and how to prepare for it ahead of time.
All Hands on Deck: TenderBake
As we’ve entered the adoption period for Protocol Ithaca, it’s important that the Tezos community and bakers educate themselves on the changes expected in preparation for activation. 
That said, Protocol Ithaca will introduce the following feature sets to the Tezos network: 
  • Deprecation of a redundant field in an error message
  • Tenderbake
  • Precheck of operations
  • Liquidity baking sunset changes
  • Tickets hardening
  • Bug fixes
  • Minor changes
The most exciting is clearly Tenderbake. 
Tenderbake brings several improvements including deterministic finality, i.e. absolute certainty that transactions cannot be reversed after two blocks.
Replacing the consensus mechanism is in itself a major undertaking, as it defines the rules by which Tezos bakers decide the state of the ledger – a core function of a blockchain.
How many blockchains have you heard of replacing the current consensus algorithm in a seamless, democratic way to end up activating autonomously? 
Come March 31st, that’s what’s going to happen.
TenderBake: The Checklist
Earlier, Nomadic Labs shared an article describing steps needed to be taken before the activation of Protocol Ithaca. In that post, a checklist was provided for bakers and the Tezos community at large. 
As a minimum, the following should be completed by the time of activation:
  • Tezos node and baking software need to be updated to a Tenderbake compatible version. For Octez, this is v12.0 and later versions. For TezEdge, it’s v2 and later versions.
  • Bakers using a Ledger hardware wallet for secure signing need to update the Tezos Baking app on their device to v2.2.15. Earlier versions will NOT work after Ithaca2 activation.
  • Remote signing software for baking will need to be significantly updated.
  • Block explorers and other indexing software will need to be significantly updated.
  • Dapp maintainers are highly encouraged to test their dapps on the testnet.
If you are unsure about what needs to be done on your end, reach out to us on the Tezos baking Slack or feel free to contact the Nomadic Labs support team.
Let’s all do our part and prepare for one of the most historic upgrades to take place on Tezos yet!
Tezos Kiln Update for Ithaca
If you’re baking on Kiln, then this update is required to continue baking after Ithaca initiation on March 31.
0.12.0 is now available
In this release:
  •  Tezos updated to Octez 12.0. 
  •  Added support for Ithaca protocol
  •  Added support for ithacanet test network
  •  Display Ithaca protocol baker participation information
Tezos Foundation Personnel Changes
Tezos Foundation: Roman Schnider will be joining the Council as President starting March 24th, 2022. 
Roman will succeed Hubertus Thonhauser who has decided to step down as chair of the Foundation Council and member of the Executive Committee after having served as a member of the Council since 2018 and of the Executive Committee since its creation in 2019.
Read more about the personnel changes and a huge congrats to Roman!
This Week in the Tezos Ecosystem
This Week in Tezos Development
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Encode x Tezos Hackathon, a four week hack dedicated to building on the Tezos Protocol.
This hackathon is a great opportunity to learn, build and get onboarded into the Tezos ecosystem, as well as win great prizes!
Register here until 13th April 2022.
The Tezos Hackathon is part of our Tezos-dedicated programme alongside an educational series and accelerator.
The hackathon itself begins on Wednesday, 13th April, lasting 4 weeks through to Sunday, 15th May.
We finish the hackathon with a finale event, where the best hackathon projects pitch to win top prizes!
Registration
You can register for the hackathon here! Registration is open until Wednesday, 13th April.
All hack details are available on our Tezos Hack Notion, including challenges, how to register and submit, as well as our handy Hacker Pack!
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