I am using the 0.4.0 release. Is it possible to send bitcoins without paying a fee? Who gets the fee ? Is it only miners discovering new blocks?
It is possible to send Bitcoins without paying any fee. The easiest way is if your transaction meets the following requirements:
Otherwise, the transaction fee goes to the miner who includes your transaction in a block.
Currently, it is possible to get any valid, standard transaction into a block without paying a fee if you are willing to be sufficiently patient. You may need to specifically configure your client to connect to a client known to accept such transactions and known to relay them to miners. (Luke Dash Jr. runs one such node, with IP address
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