Ethereum Foundation Ditches Rebrands both ETH 1 and ETH 2; Citing That the Old Terms Only Lead To More Confusion


The Ethereum Foundation has officially wiped all references to “Eth1” and “Eth2” in an effort to rebrand both terms to be more concise and less confusing. As per the foundation’s blog post this past Monday, Eth1 – the original blockchain, will now be referred to as the “execution layer,” while Eth2 – the upcoming upgrade that will transition the network to a proof-of-stake consensus, will now be called the “consensus layer.”

The foundation argues that the rebranding aims to rectify a number of issues that have since sprung up regarding their old naming schemes. This includes the growing fractured mental model for new users who otherwise may automatically assume that Eth2 intends to replace Eth1 altogether when they are actually expected to combine.

The blog post then clarified that under the new terminology, the amalgamation of the execution layer and the consensus layer will now be referred to as the Ethereum. Furthermore, individual features such as the sharding, merging, and the Beacon Chain will now be called upgrades.

While the change in the naming scheme may indeed paint a clearer picture of what the foundation foresees regarding the future of Ethereum, the internet does not seem too concerned about it. Most Reddit users had their share of fun at the expense of the rebranding news, while some gave little to no care about what the Ethereum upgrade will now be called – they just want it to arrive soon.

As per the recent reports, the long-awaited upgrade is set to go live either in the Q2 or Q3 of 2022 so long as no significant issues pop up that would hinder its development.



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