Bitcoin developer Peter Wuillie hinted that he would be stepping down as the crypto core maintainer after requesting that his key be removed from the trusted keys on the Bitcoin Github.
“To be clear: I won’t stop contributing to code, review, and all the projects I’m involved in. It just so happens I’m not doing much maintenance anymore, so it’s time to drop my permissions,”
Wuillie tweeted, clarifying his stance and the reason for his decision.
Wuillie’s Bitcoin Achievements
The veteran Bitcoin developer has a stocked portfolio for the top digital asset, including Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 32, which ushered in the use of seed phrases for easier private keys recovery, Segregated Witness (SegWit) for better block data storage, and Taproot (BIPs 340, 341, and 342), which have provided the bedrock for scalability innovations on the celebrated blockchain.
Notably, BTC’s code is open source and, as such, allows for open source developers to study it, make recommendations, and test it. However, access to the core, the most used software to link to the BTC network, is restricted to a select few called core developers who can make changes to the code.
Aside from Wuillie, other developers, including John Newbery, Samuel Dobson, and Jonas Schnelli, have also left their roles in recent years. As a result, only Wladimir J. van der Laan, Marco Falke, Michael Ford, and Hennadii Stepanov remain core developers with access to the Bitcoin Core.
So far, Wuillie’s exit as a core maintainer has been met with much appreciation from the crypto community for his contributions, including the Cardano boss as he tweeted while quoting the fourth book of the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”:
“Cheers, Pieter. Thanks for all the fish,”