Sleuth Discovers Satoshi’s Long-Lost Bitcoin Version 0.1 Codebase, Raw Code Contains Never-Before-Seen Personal Annotations From Bitcoin Inventor – Bitcoin News

On October 7, 2022, a bitcoin supporter named Jim Blasko explained that he discovered the oldest upload of the Bitcoin version 0.1 codebase. The original code was thought to have been lost for over a decade and with a “minor browser hack” Blasko was able to find the missing version 0.1 raw data and files stored on sourceforge.net.

Bitcoiner Scrapes ‘Original Cleaner Version of Bitcoin’ Thought Lost Forever

For over ten years, Satoshi Nakamoto’s version 0.1 codebase was thought to be lost. If one goes searching, it is extremely difficult to find and some people have discovered snippets of the code. Bitcoiner Jim Blasko revealed on Oct. 7 via a Facebook post that with a touch of browser hacking he was able to retrieve the long-lost code. After explaining a bit of history, Blasko detailed that it took approximately six months for the creator of Bitcoin to mine the inventor’s stash of 1 million BTC.

Sleuth Discovers Satoshi's Long-Lost Bitcoin Version 0.1 Codebase, Raw Code Contains Never-Before-Seen Personal Annotations From Bitcoin's Inventor
The codebase of Bitcoin version 0.1 discovered by Jim Blasko.

“Satoshi would take at least 6 months to mine 1 million bitcoins,” explains Blasko’s post. “As block 20,000 would not come until July 22, 2009, and others like Hal [Finney] they were mining too, so at least this time or soon after. [The network’s difficulty] it was only 1 at that time and basic [CPU] mining would continue for a couple of years.” Furthermore, the bitcoiner explained that at the end of August 2009, Martti Malmi uploaded the raw code of Bitcoin v0.1 to sourceforge.net.

“Since 2012 the raw code and files were thought to have disappeared, as they had been removed from the Sourceforge search engine for some reason,” says Blasko’s post. I know many users [were] looking for the original v0.1 code for a long time and Hal Finney was planning to email it to some people in 2012, but his health was poor and by his own words he didn’t go online much to respond,” the crypto researcher. add.

Blasko’s post continues:

I’m not sure if Hal ever sent it, as Hal was the first to receive Satoshi’s Bitcoin v0.1 code. Anyway, I did some research and was able to find the original code still on Sourceforge using some kind of browser hack.

Through Blasko’s discovery, the hidden code uploaded on August 30, 2009 can be found here and here. Blasko’s discovery is unique in that it is the first version of Bitcoin released unaltered and contains all of Satoshi’s personal annotations in the initial codebase. Blasko said that he was aware that versions of the Bitcoin version 0.1 codebase exist on Github, however, he believes that it is “the cleanest original version of Bitcoin.”

Sleuth Discovers Satoshi's Long-Lost Bitcoin Version 0.1 Codebase, Raw Code Contains Never-Before-Seen Personal Annotations From Bitcoin's Inventor
The codebase of Bitcoin version 0.1 discovered by Jim Blasko.

In the code base, Nakamoto explains things like why base 58 was chosen over the standard base 64 encoding and other notations like things the inventor planned to “do” later in the future. There is also a great description of the original Bitcoin opcodes (opcodes) and what each one does. Operation codes such as OP_CHECKSIG, OP_CHECKSIGVERIFY, OP_CHECKMULTISIG, and OP_CHECKMULTISIGVERIFY.

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