Two Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Developers Resign as the Network Upgrade Date Nears
Bitcoin Cash network is set for an update which is scheduled for May 15 which would add two very specific elements to the chain – the Segwit recovery exception and enabling Schnorr signatures. With less than 6-weeks remaining for the scheduled fork, the developer behind the network has been found talking about the upcoming update in most of their developer meetings and community talks. Meanwhile, two BCH developers have left the network just before the fork and this has created quite a buzz in the crypto space.
The scheduled fork on May 15th would see the developers add two key changes to the network's protocol. The segwit signature feature would enable the network to aggregate multiple signatures while it also promises to provide necessary scalability as well as privacy.
The BCH developer community has been constantly updating the community over the progress and what to expect from the upcoming scehduled fork through a number of video conferencing meetings. On March 14th the meeting’s host David Allen discussed the upcoming upgrade with BCH developers Andrea Suisani, Amaury Séchet, Chris Pacia, Mark Lundberg, and Jason Cox.
The next video in the series would look into the testing part of the scheduled upgrade and talk about the various aspects of it like testnet use, and full node implementation readiness.
One specific full node implementation developed by BCoin programmers won't be ready for the scheduled May upgrade. The full node application developed by Bcoin network would be called Bcash. The developers behind Bcash has appealed to the BCH community to fork and maintain the Bcash repository.
Here is what one of the developers from Bcoin has to say,
“Without community support, it will not be ready for the May hard fork and our team has kept Bcash on consensus through two hard forks already If you’ve ever played around with Bcoin or Bcash and think this is a task you can manage, please feel free to reach out to us on Slack, Twitter, or reply in this thread. Of course, anyone can fork and update the repo — it’s open source.”
The Causes Behind The Two Developers Leaving The BCH Unlimited Community
Amid the growing excitement towards the upcoming fork and the BCH developers continuously interacting to keep the community updated, two noted developers of the Bitcoin Unlimited community has abandoned their membership in the team.
The first one to leave was Antony Zegers on March 20, who is also known as Mengarian. The developer said that he cannot be a part of the Bitcoin Unlimited community because he believes Bitcoin Unlimited community is quite closely related to the Bitcoin SV community.
After Mengarian left his Bitcoin Unlimited membership another developer Amaury Séchet, who was also the lead developer for Bitcoin ABC project decided to follow the suit and renounce is membership in Bitcoin Unlimited.
Séchet in a blog post updated his followers over his decision to leave the BU network. Here is an extract from his blog post,
“Today, BU membership is composed of numerous BSV supporters. Not only some of them think that suing developers (including myself) providing open source software for free is good, but many are openly hostile to Bitcoin Cash. It was quickly apparent to me that there were serious problems with the development process, and I wasn’t the only one who saw things this way — I decided to provide support on that front, but unfortunately, I was met with resistance.”
BU is the second most popular node of the Bitcoin Cash network after Bitcoin ABC and accounts for the capturing of 44 percent of the total 1,518 public nodes. On the other hand, BCH ABC is responsible for 54.4 percent of the total public node.
BCH community has been carrying out a string of development work in recent times and the scheduled fork is a clear example of that, however, the departure of two main developers might create unnecessary controversy and if their reasons for leaving the community are genuine then stakeholders must look into the matter.
Hopefully, the bad press surrounding the fork won't impact on the pricing of the network, given the recent bearish trends have stabilized the crypto trade market to quite an extent.