Ethereum will shutdown 3 testnets after the Merge, including the Klin, Ropsten, and Rinkeby testnets as we can see more today in our latest Ethereum news.
The details emerged that only the Goerli and Sepolia testnets will continue operating once the Ethereum merge is completed. According to a blog post, Ethereum will shutdown Rinkeby, Ropsten, and Klin testnets because theres a need to focus resources on maintenance of the two testnets that will keep on opeating. However, developers will have time to plan the migration before shutting down.
Klin will be the first Ethereum testnet to be shut down and the testnet was developed to provide a merge testing environment and will be the first to be shut down once the transition to the PoS network is completed. The next testnet that goes down will be by Rinkeby, and it will be off in the last quarter of the year. Ropsten will remain available between the second and third quarters of the year but It will be disabled one year after the Sepolia testnet transitions to a PoS successfully. Further details regarding the development indicated that once the upgrade is done, the role of maintaining and running the two testnets will be under the sole purview of the client developers.
While Goerli will be merged with the prater Beacon Chain testnet, the chain will remain open for those that wanted to run the testnet validator as a new Beacon Chain gets introduced to transition Sepolia to the PoS network. Even Vitalik Buterin expressed worry over the centralization concerns. He expressed concerns over the centralization issues posed by the staking services for Lido Finance. He said:
Im definitely worried. I think it is one of the bigger issues that were thinking about when trying to figure out how to change proof of stake in the long term. But I also think its important to not overly catastrophize the issue, because that is what a lot of people do.
As earlier reported, With The Ethereum Merge coming, we will finally get to see the process that was underway for years but delayed more times than we are willing to count and we will also see the Beacon Chain merging with the main Ethereum Chain. Crypto needs a win these days and Ethereum pulling off its upgrade can provide that. It will show that the Ethereum community has a reputation for being friendly but capable of serious businesses and can also trigger a huge ETH price rally.
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