Excellent news that segregated witness is nearing release for the mainnet.
I know I don't only speak for myself in saying that this has been
eagerly awaited for some time.
For the timing, I'd support segwit being usable on the network as soon
as is technically and safely possible.
We at JoinMarket are very interested in eventually using schnorr which
would allow signature aggregation and so reduce the cost of coinjoins.
On 16/10/16 15:31, Pieter Wuille via bitcoin-dev wrote:
> Hello all,
> We're getting ready for Bitcoin Core's 0.13.1 release - the first one
> to include segregated witness (BIP 141, 143, 144, 145) for Bitcoin
> mainnet, after being extensively tested on testnet and in other
> software. Following the BIP9 recommendation  to set the versionbits
> start time a month in the future and discussion in the last IRC
> meeting , I propose we set BIP 141's start time to November 15,
> 2016, 0:00 UTC (unix time 1479168000).
> Note that this is just a lower bound on the time when the versionbits
> signalling can begin. Activation on the network requires:
> (1) This date to pass
> (2) A full retarget window of 2016 blocks with 95% signalling the
> version bit (bit 1 for BIP141)
> (3) A fallow period consisting of another 2016 blocks.
>  https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0009.mediawiki
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