This article refers to a special epoch that occurred in July and August 2021. It is no longer relevant and retained only for historical purposes.
There was no rush to start swapping eXRD for XRD, staking, connecting nodes, or registering validators during this bootstrapping epoch. During this period, everyone was equally “first in line” when the bootstrapping epoch ended and normal epochs (of approximately 30-90 minutes) began.
For a full breakdown of how this period worked, please see the blog article Radix Mainnet Launch Timeline.