Be careful when downloading software.Make sure to download only from official sources: Official Litecoin Clients for Win, Mac, Linux
Do you plan to eventually develop Litecoin into its own direction, or is Litecoin going to be a copycat of Bitcoin with a few changes regularly rebased on top of Bitcoin's code? I'd much rather want to see Litecoin-specific development on top of the existing 0.6.x client, than the merging of those Bitcoin changes. As a miner I'm definitely going to continue to stay on the 0.6.x branch.
Litecoin long ago solved the issue of blockchain and UXTO bloat that continues to plague Bitcoin.
We are forced to move to 0.8.x due to the same bug that caused the March 12th Bitcoin accidental fork.
QuoteLitecoin long ago solved the issue of blockchain and UXTO bloat that continues to plague Bitcoin.As far a I know the only difference in this regard are the transaction fees. Or is there any other mechanism too?QuoteWe are forced to move to 0.8.x due to the same bug that caused the March 12th Bitcoin accidental fork.Currently I support Litecoin because I see it as a hedge in case things go terribly wrong with Bitcoin (such as a major exploitable bug in the software implementation). The current 0.6.x release is time tested and has been powering the Litecoin network for a long time. Moving to 0.8.x means that all potential security issues in newer Bitcoin releases will also apply to Litecoin, which eliminates Litecoin's major advantage in comparison to Bitcoin.What are the long-term goals in regard to Litecoin? Do you plan to continue regularly pulling in new Bitcoin updates, or will there be a real fork that develops independently of Bitcoin?
Litecoin's changes from Bitcoin are indeed very small, but they *matter*. Litecoin long ago solved the issue of blockchain and UXTO bloat that continues to plague Bitcoin. Bitcoin 0.8.2 has their first ever anti-spam measure, but they do not go nearly far enough. We are now attempting to make Litecoin even smarter with its anti-spam measures, to allow lower fees for ordinary transactions while continuing the strong stance against spam.
In a way this is like LTC being the Debian "Stable" and Bitcoin more of a Testing/SID; I think we should not move to far up the stream, security fixes excepted.
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