I’m an aspiring stake pool operator and I want to set up a stake pool in testnet with faucet ADA for learning purposes. Looking at the docs, it seems pretty straightforward that whenever I see --mainnet I should just replace that with --testnet-magic 1097911063 (which I guess is just the name for “the” testnet?).
My main question is - do I need to be running a pre-release version of the cardano node software? I’m using the 1.25.1 tag because that is what the documentation is telling me to use, but I’m unsure if that’s the right thing to be doing because I know testnet is where cardano features are “beta tested” (I’ve heard about the Mary hardfork, but it’s not really clear to me what the rollout plan or status is on testnet or where to find that).
Any guidance would be appreciated. I’m excited to participate in the community. If there are any known good testnet tutorials I would love to get a link.
Thanks in advance!