I am pleased to announce the release of the Vertcoin SegWit soft fork. This wallet updates Vertcoin to use the latest Bitcoin Core v0.13 base. Thus, it soft forks BIP34, 66, 65, CSV and SegWit into Vertcoin as well as the other BIPs included in Bitcoin Core since v0.8. The soft forks will start signalling compliance from block 675,360 and will continue to signal for a year. Once 75% of blocks over a 2016 block period have signalled, after another 2016 block period the soft forks will activate and old version blocks will be orphaned from that point on. Therefore it is highly recommended you upgrade your wallet and this update should be treated as mandatory. It is especially important that pools upgrade as we need at least 75% of blocks mined to be upgraded in order to activate the soft forks. Pools that do not upgrade could risk orphaned blocks after activation. Everyone else, including users and exchanges, should upgrade too to guard against forking after activation.
Remember to backup your wallet.dat before you upgrade your wallet. Failing to do so could result in the loss of all your coins.
Miners themselves will not have to do anything, but pool operators will need to upgrade their pool software to be compatible with the new wallet. We have a version of stratum-mining that is confirmed working. An upgraded p2pool version is in development and should be released soon.
The full release and wallet downloads: https://github.com/vertcoin/vertcoin/releases
Development Fund Donation Address: VpBsRnN749jYHE9hT8dZreznHfmFMdE1yG