While the entire world is watching the breakup of Bitcoin in a philosophical war between its various factions, a third dark horse candidate is about to burst onto the scene. The better-known tines of the Bitcoin fork make very conservative changes for modest performance gains. But the third form advocated by industry iconoclast Stan Larimer takes the quantum leap approach. He recommends a “pitch fork” and suggests that, for the good of humanity, Bitcoin insiders should pitch the old code and upgrade to something better able to handle the transaction load coming its way.
"We are going to reunite Bitcoin lovers by giving them technology so advanced they will quit forking around with Satoshi's old prototype and finish the global financial superhighway!" -- Stan Larimer
In a flurry of entertaining and interlocking blog articles, Larimer makes his case for a parallel, massive upgrade to Bitcoin without breaking the old one. Instead he says its time for Bitcoin to go multi-platform. He calls his solution “Bitcoin United” (BTCX) because it recognizes that a quantum leap ahead of the other solutions is the only way to prevent recurring flavor of the month fragmentation over petty differences. “A fork in time saves nine”, says Larimer.