Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network is getting set for an update scheduled for the 15th of May. The update will enable the network add two elements to the chain which are the enablement of Schnorr signatures and Segwit recovery exception. However in the wake of Bitcoin cash updating its protocol, two of its prominent programmers have decided abandon their Bitcoin Unlimited team memberships.
What went Wrong?
Antony Zegers, also known as Mengarian announced on March, 20 that he would no longer like to be a member of the Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) development team. He gave his reasons to be the lack of distinction between Bitcoin Unlimited and Bitcoin SV community.
After Zegers’ departure, the Bitcoin ABC lead developer, Amaury Séchet also decides to leave BU. On March 25, Séchet’s announced, “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.”
Séchet also added that while he noticed that there were “serious problems with the development process, ” he was unable to provide any support as his efforts were resisted.
Bitcoin Unlimited is the second most popular node of the Bitcoin Cash network right behind Bitcoin ABC. BU is responsible for capturing of 44% of the total 1,518 public nodes while Bitcoin ABC has 54.4%. The decision of these two lead developers will most likely create a controversy in the BCH community.
However, the BCH fork is still scheduled for the 15th of May and the protocol will upgrade by adding Schnorr signatures (which will enable multi-signature aggregation as well as ensuring while scaling and privacy benefits) and Segwit recovery exception.
This means that the protocol will be able to reconfigure the cleanstack rule when recovering stuck BCH in Segwit addresses.
Prior to the resignation of the developers form BU, network BCH developers have been having numerous Video meetings about the upcoming fork.
On March 14, David Allen, the meeting’s host with other Bitcoin Cash developers such as Andrea Suisani,Chris Pacia, Amaury Séchet, Mark Lundeberg, and Jason Cox discussed issues revolving around the upcoming fork.
However, Bcash a full node implementation developed by the the Bcoin programmers will not be ready for the hard fork in May. As it stands Bcash as been on consensus for the two hard forks already, the Bcoin cash team revealed via a tweet on March 25.
Community support is the main reason why Bcash will not be ready for the May hard fork and that’s the same basics for Séchet resignation from BU.
What is going on in the BCH community, will this trouble in paradise not be detrimental to BCH?