Cryptocurrency supporters have been discussing an early version of the original Bitcoin source code that surfaced this week. An old forum post and mailing list letter written by Satoshi suggests there was a private version of the code distributed to a few people before the launch of the network on Jan. 3, 2009.
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The Pre-Release of Bitcoin and a Discarded Genesis Block With Completely Different Hash
Bitcoiners have been conversing about Satoshi Nakamoto’s original Bitcoin source code over the last few hours and whether the pseudonymous creator distributed a private version to others before the official launch. The discussion started on March 13 when well-known BTC proponent Francis Pouliot shared a very old version of Satoshi’s source code and a letter from the creator detailing that he sent the “main files” to James A. Donald. “I sent you the main files (available by request at the moment, full release soon),” Nakamoto stated on Nov. 17, 2008.