Litecoin founder Charlie Lee has recently broken his silence after the damning leak shed light on the lack of development within the Litecoin ecosystem. According to Lee, the project is still going strong despite all the FUD.
Bringing clarity to the table
Lee claims that there are two main reasons why Litecoin has no new GitHub commits in 2019.
First, Litecoin lags behind Bitcoin when it comes to new code updates. For instance, Litecoin Core 0.17.1 was released in May, but Bitcoin developers are credited for most of the commits that date back to 2018. Hence, it seems like Litecoin developers have been idle for a significant amount of time.
4/ Recently there's been a lot of FUD about Litecoin having no code commits in 2019. When you look at Litecoin GitHub (https://t.co/n7wkCakpL9), it would seem like we did no work in 2019. There are actually 2 reasons why this is the case even though we have been developing.— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) August 11, 2019
Secondly, he also points out that Adrian Gallagher, the leading Litecoin developer, has been working on his personal branch. Developers are not supposed to publish non-release code on the project’s master branch to avoid broken builds.
9/ The reality is that Adrian has been actively working on Litecoin Core release 0.18.1 on his personal branch here: https://t.co/cZChUhIbdr— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) August 11, 2019
When we release 0.18.1, Adrian will merge his branch into master. When that happens, it would all of a sudden add all the 2019 commits. 😲
Taking the heat
Lee has been at loggerheads with the Litecoin community after selling his LTC holdings right on the verge of the crypto crash in 2018. Despite committing to continue working on the project, he still faces a lot of criticism, and the most recent controversy was yet another log on the fire.
On top of that, there seems to be a brewing beef between Bitcoin maximalists and Litecoiners.
Rare insight into the life of someone who prints money for a living. https://t.co/7XLnDhvBtw— Michael Flaxman (@mflaxman) August 11, 2019