Dobson is the second Bitcoin Core developer to quit in the last 2 months.
On Thursday night, developer Samuel Dobson revealed that he is resigning as a Bitcoin Core maintainer after three years of service because he “can no longer devote the time required, as I approach the conclusion of my Ph.D.” in a series of tweets.
“I am officially stepping down as a maintainer of Bitcoin Core.
Serving as the wallet maintainer for the past three years has been an absolute privilege, and I want to thank my incredibly generous sponsor John Pfeffer (@jlppfeffer) for his support throughout. /1
— Samuel Dobson (@meshcollider) December 9, 2021″
Dobson had direct access to the cryptocurrency’s source on GitHub as a Bitcoin Core wallet maintainer, with powers to approve updates and make improvements to the Bitcoin software. He was also in charge of guaranteeing the protocol’s security.
When asked if he plans to return to BTC Core development in the future, Dobson stated that his Ph.D. is his primary priority right now. He is also uninterested in the development of other cryptocurrencies, even though he hasn’t chosen what he will do after graduation.
Dobson expressed his gratitude for John Pfeffer’s “very generous sponsorship,” without which he would not have been able to prioritize working on Bitcoin (BTC) part-time.
Due to the nature of open source projects, he asked the Twitter community to consider financially supporting a developer. In addition, he told Cointelegraph:
“Bitcoin Core development has certainly progressed tremendously since Satoshi’s inception. As an open-source project, it will always face challenges in terms of fundraising, but tools like Brink, Chaincode, Spiral, and direct developer sponsorship via GitHub have been quite helpful.”
Since October, Bitcoin has lost two maintainers. According to an updated list on the Bitcoin Forum, the number of developers with direct access to Bitcoin code has reduced to five after Dobson’s departure.