- Gemini is now sponsoring Bitcoin Core maintainer Michael Ford (Fanquake).
- The Bitcoin Exchange Donor Advised Fund supports the development of Bitcoin Core through grants, scholarships and donations.
- Ford joins Amiti Uttarwar, Dhruv Mehta and Jarol Rodriguez as the fourth Bitcoin Core developer sponsored by the Gemini fund.
The Bitcoin Gemini exchange is now sponsoring Bitcoin Core maintainer Michael Ford, also known as Fanquake, according to a statement on Tuesday. Sponsorship comes from the Gemini Opportunity Fund, an initiative whose mission is to improve the scalability, security and sustainability of the Bitcoin network.
“We are delighted to announce the sponsorship by Gemini of Bitcoin Core maintainer Michael Ford, aka Fanquake,” the statement said. “We are deeply committed to strengthening the Bitcoin network and its developer community and look forward to expanding our support. “
Ford is one of the most prolific contributors to Bitcoin Core and currently ranks as the 5th developer with the most commits in the codebase, a total of 786 at the time of writing. Over the past year, the open source developer has generated more than 3,000 contributions to GitHub, the world’s most popular collaborative software development platform.
Ford started contributing to Bitcoin Core in 2012 and now plays the role of maintainer on the project, as well as contributing to new versions of code. It also focuses on empowering Bitcoin Core building systems and programming tools.
The developer is the fourth among the project’s contributors to be sponsored by the Gemini Opportunity Fund, joining Amiti Uttarwar, Dhruv Mehta and Jarol Rodriguez. The donor advised fund aims to support the development of Bitcoin Core through grants, scholarships and donations. Since its launch in December 2020, it has pledged more than $ 1.5 million for the development of the project, according to the statement.
Ford’s current plans include porting the macOS programming tool to the vanilla LLVM library and improving the Linux build system with an alternative C library.