One of the most popular Ethereum clients, OpenEthereum, has ended support for its software in preparation for the upcoming Ethereum Merge.
OpenEthereum creates “clients” or software used to interact with the Ethereum network allowing anyone to create an Ethereum node to mine Ether (ETH), which is currently using a proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism.
In a Twitter thread, the OpenEthereum team explained that with the Merge approaching and the legacy codebase becoming “increasingly difficult to manage” due to its age, it was the right time to end support.
OpenEthereum support has officially ended.
The repo is now archived, and all maintenance and updates have stopped.
Why? And what next?
— OpenEthereum is Deprecated (@OpenEthereumOrg) May 24, 2022
The project was formerly owned by blockchain infrastructure company Parity Technologies before it transitioned ownership to the OpenEthereum decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in December 2019.
At the time, Parity wrote they wanted to ensure that the codebase is “maintained and lives on for as long as the community finds it useful,” OpenEthereum wrote:
“The usefulness has run its course, and we look forward to the next phase of clean, green and massively scalable blockchain infrastructure.”
The OpenEthereum team wrote that “well documented” clients were required to “navigate the upcoming Merge and successful shift to proof-of-stake (PoS),” directing users to change clients to other providers such as Nethermind or Erigon.