The long-standing rivalry between the Ethereum and Ethereum Classic communities added a new chapter this week, leading up to the fork and development of OpenETC, a multi-network client with native support for Ethereum Classic.
Built with Rust, OpenEthereum has until now remained a preferred client of choice for Ethereum Classic users, with 299 nodes or 48.07% of all Ethereum Classic nodes using the client. But the maintainers of the OpenEthereum project, Gnosis announced Tuesday that it would end support for Ethereum Classic, following the steps of MultiGeth client developers.
OpenEthereum has allowed dormant and inactive Ethereum-like projects like Callisto, Musicoin, and Elliasm to continue using the client, citing a need to redirect their team’s efforts at improving the activities on the Ethereum mainnet platform.
Although it would appear that the decision of widely used Ethereum clients to end support for Ethereum Classic will have some consequences, the Ethereum Classic community has welcomed a new host client forked and developed by a new contributor.
In light of @OpenEthereumOrg‘s political move to remove $ETC from its OE client (while leaving unused/inactive projects like Musicoin, Ellaism, or Callisto) a new client renamed #OpenETC has been forked and developed by a new ETC volunteer contributor.https://t.co/f0LLw4lODU
— Ethereum Classic (@eth_classic) July 22, 2020
Given the birth of OpenETC, Ethereum Classic will stand alone as an independent blockchain network as it will henceforth grant users a direct link to the Ethereum Classic Mainnet without requiring the chain-classic option to assess the database.
Moreover, Ethereum Classic users are encouraged to back up their database order to continue using the Parity-Ethereum v2.7.2 due to alterations in the latest database upgrade. OpenEthereum node supporters are expected to upgrade to OpenETC or some other Ethereum Classic supportive nodes.
OpenETC no doubt marks another vital step to the growth of Ethereum Classic, building on recent success such as the Phoenix upgrade executed in June to enhance the capabilities of the Ethereum Virtual Machine(EVM).