Ethereum’s Buterin Fading Into the Sunset, Hard Fork Postponed


Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin is considered the face of Ethereum. There are other co-founders, however, including Dr. Gavin Wood, Mihai Alisie, Anthony Di Iorio and Charles Hoskinson. Nevertheless, it was Buterin who unveiled Ethereum for the first time at year-end 2013 and published the Ethereum white paper a short time later.

Buterin explained on Twitter that he is preparing to break away from Ethereum, taking a back seat to the development process in the process. In addition, Ethereum developers in recent days announced they will postpone the Constantinople hard fork in the testnet.

Buterin’s Influence

Buterin said that the Ethereum network can and must survive without him, adding on Twitter that the process of detaching himself from the project has already begun. In fact, much of the programming work is already being done by other developers, and research activities will be taken over by others such as Danny Ryan, Justin Drake and Hsiao-Wei Wang.

Buterin, however, has no plans to completely disappear, but he didn’t provide a time frame in which he would step back.

Constantinople Hard Fork Postponed in the Testnet

Meanwhile, Péter Szilágyi announced yesterday that the plan to launch the upcoming Constantinople Hard Forks in the Ropsten test network will be delayed. The main reason for this was a Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack on the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) of the test network. As a result, Constantinople’s Testnet launch will be postponed by one epoch, which is equivalent to a delay of about five days.

Originally, the Constantinople Hard Fork was scheduled in the Ropsten test network for Oct. 9. The new launch date is now set for Oct. 14.  Meanwhile, following Ethereum Devcon 4, which takes place from Oct. 30-Nov.  2, the hard fork should also be activated in the Mainnet.

Whether the delay in the Ropsten testnet now also means a delay for the mainnet is not immediately clear. The upgrade is intended to increase the speed of the network, lower fees, and change the way data is stored.


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