Charles Hoskinson, founder of Cardano and co-founder of Ethereum, got into a war of words with Ethereum developers regarding the implementation of Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus through the Ethereum Merge.
On Sunday, Web3 investor Evan Van Ness shared a rare opinion, saying that the Ethereum Merge could have been delivered earlier. Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, agreed with Van Ness’s comments, and said that they should implement a PoS consensus based on the NXT chain.
Hoskinson joined the conversation, saying that Ethereum developers should have implemented the Snow White protocol to ensure a faster migration to PoS.
You should have just implemented snow white with Elaine’s help. It would save you a lot of pain and effort.
—Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) September 25, 2022
You should have fixed the snow white with Elaine’s help. It would have saved you a hell of a lot of pain and effort. — Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) September 25, 2022.
Snow White, a protocol promoted by Hoskinson for many years, is one of the first protocols to provide formal proofs of end-to-end security for a PoS-based system. But Hoskinson’s answer opened a Pandora’s box, sparking a heated debate between Cardano founder Van Ness and other Ethereum developers.
Hoskinson claimed that his ideas for technical upgrades to the Ethereum network since 2014 are even better than the Ethereum network upgraded after the Merger. Van Ness quickly in memory of to Hoskinson that he was fired from Ethereum in six months, due to his bad behavior and lack of any significant technical input.
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Earlier on Monday, Hoskinson in a Twitter thread accused Ethereum developers of ignoring Ouroboros – a secure PoS blockchain and the first protocol based on peer-reviewed research – for the past five years. He also claimed that the current version of his PoS upgrade with custodial stakes is poorly designed.
Hudson Jameson, Ethereum’s lead developer, criticized Hoskinson’s claims regarding the implementation of the Ouroboros protocol. He even said that Ethereum developers dislike Cardano mainly because of “Hoskinson’s attitude and actions as the face of Cardano”
I think Charles forgot about his Reddit history and how much he lost on Ethereum while building Cardano. Also, Vitalik reviewed Ouroboros a while ago.
Ethereum devs don’t want to look at Cardano because of your attitude and actions as the face of Cardano. https://t.co/QB3QYRKkm5 pic.twitter.com/daX56FfwGv
— Hudson Jameson (@hudsonjameson) September 26, 2022
I think Charles forgot about his Reddit story and his stake in Ethereum while building Cardano. Also, Vitalik reviewed Ouroboros a while ago. Ethereum developers don’t want to look at Cardano because of your attitude and actions as the face of Cardano. https://t.co/QB3QYRKkm5 pic.twitter.com/daX56FfwGv — Hudson Jameson (@hudsonjameson) September 26, 2022.
Jameson then reminded Hoskinson of his mistreatment of the Ethereum Classic community, and asked him to stop playing the victim.
Hoskinson is known for his stance on his former project, and the war of words between the two communities is nothing new. However, as both blockchains undergo a key upgrade on their networks, the recent exchange between the two parties highlights the disconnect between the blockchain communities.