I understand Monero has a planned hard fork twice a year (on approximately March 15 and September 15) and I would like to understand more about how it will in practice:
- What is the minimum amount of notice users will receive in order to upgrade prior to a hard fork date (assuming the dates above remain somewhat flexible and may be modified slightly in order to release important updates such as RingCT at fork time)
- Will future Monero releases include some sort of notification panel for available updates? Currently, who is in charge of notifying miner pools, exchanges, merchant, etc.
- What happens if an important merchant or service provider does not update in time. Is there a grace period before their client will be dropped from the network?