Bitcoin Unlimited Sees Departure of Developer, All in the Name of Bitcoin SV Rebellion
The Bitcoin Cash blockchain forked several months ago, leading two separate ledgers to become active – ABC and SV. There were a substantial number of opponents to the Bitcoin Cash SV blockchain, which ultimately resulted in becoming a separate ledger. The victor, Bitcoin Cash ABC, became the Bitcoin Cash blockchain ledger
Tomislav Dugandzic was a developer that occasionally works with Bitcoin Unlimited, but not anymore. Bitcoin ABC lead developer Amaury Sechet and Antony Zegers left fairly recently, and Dugandzic has followed suit, saying that the departure is meant to be “in protect” of how Bitcoin Unlimited has a fairly positive and welcoming relationship with Bitcoin SV.
Dugandzic announced his decision to leave on Twitter, saying that the Bitcoin SV collective is “unacceptable”, and he wants “no part in it.”
After careful consideration I too am hereby resigning my BU membership. Antony Zegers and Amaury Sechet have already resigned in protest and so am I. The current BU leadership's collaboration with the BSV community is unacceptable and I want no part in it.
— Tomislav Dugandzic (@todu77) March 26, 2019
The departure of these three members have all happened in a court of two weeks, and Bitcoin SV proponents are starting to saturate the group. A recent post on Reddit from another member of Bitcoin Unlimited reveals that their absence is not really impacting them at all.
The developer, who remains unidentified at this point, implied that the missing three members hadn’t been doing any active work on development and that they’ve already added a full-time developer. The developer acknowledges that there was “one PR” submitted by Amaury a few years ago, giving him “some input on clang formatting,” but the contributions were not significant.
In another post, the developer pointed out that the proponents of BCH are working on bringing Craig Wright and Bitcoin Unlimited together. His comments were made after a post concerning the resignation of Dugandzic was posted.
Throughout the duration of Bitcoin Unlimited’s lifetime, it has maintained a neutral position on many topics, bringing forth as many protocol change suggestions as possible. By abstaining from selecting a “winner” in the debates of Bitcoin politics, Bitcoin Unlimited has become a more validated source of information and advancement.
Still, Chief Scientist Peter Rizun has continually been critical of both Blockstream and the Lightning Network. At Decentralized 2018. Rizun spoke on the split that Bitcoin SV took from the original Bitcoin Cash fork.
Presently, Bitcoin Unlimited accounts for over a third of all Bitcoin Cash nodes, which is far more than Bitcoin SV. That being said, the concern of the three former developers of Bitcoin Unlimited could be legitimate.