There are a dozen of projects based on Ethereum but very few based on the Bitcoin network. Why is this?

  • I'd like to point out that, technically, a fork is as difficult as it is modifying the source code of the project involved. Anyway, what makes a fork successful is the amount of adoption it manages to reach. So, if you want to measure the "difficulty" of a fork in terms of adoption, then we can say bitcoin forks struggle because they're overshadowed by the enormous popularity of bitcoin itself.
    – dcfg
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 19:47

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Forks of both are equally hard. What you're describing as "Ethereum forks" are actually tokens/smart-contracts that run on the Ethereum network, which isn't very common on Bitcoin (but there's Omni)

EDIT: Remved Rootstock as per darosior's clarification. Its only to relation to Bitcoin is that it uses merged mining, just like Namecoin.

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    Rootstock is not on the Bitcoin network. Commented May 8, 2020 at 13:34
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    @darosior Right, thanks.
    – MCCCS
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 14:07
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    I think it's also useful to mention that the reason why they are some many Ethereum-based tokens is that Ethereum was designed specifically for that purpose. Commented May 8, 2020 at 16:05

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