Joshua Hill, better known throughout the jailbreak community as Chronic-Dev Team member p0sixninja, has announced via Twitter that he’s left the group. He hasn’t offered any real reasons for his departure, aside from stating that he’s "no longer associated" with the team, adding, "it was never about the money for me."
Hill was the most well-known member of the Chronic Dev Team, a jailbreak clique responsible for many important jailbreaks. Greenpois0n 4.2.1 stands out as one of the greatest – and most stable to date – and having waited for several months, it was p0sixninja and his team of developers who finally made the breakthrough.
It’s an unfortunate move from an outsider’s point of view, and having had the chance to meet him over at last year’s JailbreakCon (when it was known as MyGreatFest), I have to say he is also a nice, genuine guy – one the Chronic Dev will not be the same without. At this point in time though, we don’t know much in terms reasons for him leaving, and what’s also unclear, is whether he will continue tinkering around with the iPhone firmware and proceed to work in the community by himself / with others.
Although the Cydia community continues to thrive, it’s not without its problems, and there have been many well-documented disagreements between those working to find jailbreaks and unlocks. These situations are to be expected, but it is rather sad to see talented developers moving away from finding these jailbreaks for the masses.
As Stefan Esser (a.k.a i0n1c) has pointed out before, many jailbreak enthusiasts tend to act in a self-entitled manner when a jailbreak release is imminent, which is not only rude, but certainly unhelpful and unlikely to motivate the various dev teams to speed up their movements.
I’m sure you’ll echo our sentiments here at Redmond Pie in wishing p0sixninja the best of luck in whatever he decides to do next, and most of us are certainly grateful for the various greenp0ison exploits he has helped provide over the years.
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