Bitcoin Core Developer Pieter Wuille Scales Back His Maintenance Role
Peter Wuille has surrendered his maintenance permissions but will continue contributing to various Bitcoin projects.
Belgian-born Bitcoin Core developer Peter Wuille is scaling back his contributions to Bitcoin Core. Nevertheless, he said he will continue contributing code to the project and remains a key player in the Bitcoin ecosystem, given both his influence in the Bitcoin community and his role at Chaincode Labs.
- Bitcoin Core is the primary implementation of the Bitcoin software that connects to the blockchain. Open-source developers provide vital research, peer review, testing and documentation. A small group with commit access can directly access Bitcoin Core’s code in order to merge new code changes.
- Up until now, Wuille was part of this smaller group. With his departure, only four developers remain with commit access: Wladimir J. van der Laan, Marco Falke, Michael Ford and Hennadii Stepanov.
- He made the request to remove his key from the set of trusted keys through the Bitcoin GitHub on Thursday.
- Wuille has made thousands of contributions to Bitcoin Core since 2011, most notably Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 32, which introduced seed phrases for storing and recovering private keys more easily; Segregated Witness (SegWit) which provided a new, efficient way of storing data in blocks; and, more recently, Taproot (BIPs 340, 341 and 342), which provided developers with a valuable set of tools to integrate new features that will improve privacy, scalability and security.
- Over the past year and a half, several Bitcoin developers and maintainers have chosen to leave their various roles, including John Newbery, Samuel Dobson and Jonas Schnelli.
Update: Thursday, July 7, 2022 23:05 UTC: Adds information about Wuille's Bitcoin contributions.
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