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Ethereum to shutdown 3 testnets after Merge

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Details have surfaced that only the Goerli and Sepolia testnets will continue to operate after the completion of the long-awaited Ethereum merger.

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According to Blog post The Ethereum Foundation, Kiln, Rinkeby, and Ropsten testnets will be deprecated as resources need to be focused on maintaining the two testnets that will continue to operate.

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However, the developers will still have time to plan the migration before the full shutdown.

Shutdown schedule

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According to the blog post, Kiln will be the first Ethereum testnet to be shut down. The testnet was designed to provide a post-merger testing environment and will be the first to be closed after the transition to a proof-of-stake network is completed.

The next testnet to be shut down is Rinkeby. The test network is scheduled to be shut down in the last quarter of this year.

Ropsten will remain available between the second and third quarters of this year. However, it will be disabled one year after the successful transition of the Sepolia testnet to Proof-of-Stake.

Further development details revealed that once the blockchain upgrade is completed, the role of supporting and launching the two testnets will be the exclusive responsibility of client developers.

While Goerli will be merged into the Prater Beacon Chain testnet, its chain will remain open to those who want to run a testnet validator; a new Beacon chain will be introduced to transition Sepolia to the Proof-of-Stake network.

Vitalik Buterin expresses concern about centralization

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently interview with Fortune expressed concerns about centralization issues related to the betting services provided by Lido Finance for the network.

Lido currently accounts for a third of all Ethereum staking.

He said,

“I’m definitely worried. I think this is one of the biggest problems we think about when trying to figure out how to change proof of stake in the long run. But I also think it’s important not to catastrophize the problem too much, because that’s what a lot of people do.”

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