Gavin Andresen — certainly a notable name in the bitcoin space. Andresen has been serving as the lead developer for the Bitcoin Core, and also as the “Chief Scientist” at the Bitcoin Foundation.
But Andresen is handing over the ‘Bitcoin Core Maintainer’ torch to Wladimir van der Laan in order to “focus more on protocol-level, cross-implementation issues and less on issues specific to the Bitcoin Core software.”
According to Andresen, Wladimir van der Laan is been working on the Bitcoin Core in a paid role for several months.
“Wladimir first got involved with the Bitcoin project by re-implementing, and vastly improving, the Bitcoin Core user interface,” wrote Andresen. “He lives and works in the Netherlands, and I’m looking forward to meeting him in person for the very first time at Bitcoin2014 in Amsterdam.”
But if you think this means it’s curtains for Andresen, you’re wrong:
I’m not going to disappear; I’ll still be writing and reviewing code and offering my opinions on technical matters and project priorities. I enjoy coding, and I think I’ll be most effective as Chief Scientist if I don’t lose touch with engineering reality and make the mistake of building huge, beautiful, theoretical castles that exist only as whitepapers.
I’ll just spend a little less time writing Bitcoin Core release announcements, and a little more time catching up on the latest bitcoin-wizards thinking on how best to implement transaction history pruning.
What do you think? Did Andresen make the right move here?