At first of July, Telegram introduced it was discontinuing its support for the test network of Telegram Open Network in what appears as yet one more — probably the final — signal that the corporate is leaving its blockchain undertaking for good.
Telegram selected to desert TON on account of a drawn-out authorized battle with the USA Securities and Exchange Commission, which apparently was near convincing the court docket that TON’s personal $1.7 billion preliminary public providing was an unregistered securities sale. So, does the most recent improvement imply that TON is lifeless? Builders of impartial TON-based tasks don’t assume that’s the case.
Telegram cuts ties with TON
Telegram-lead TON was an open-source undertaking, and its entire code was published on GitHub in September 2019. Designed as a blockchain platform geared toward facilitating funds and internet hosting decentralized purposes past Visa’s scalability ranges, TON and its in-house cryptocurrency, Gram, have been going to be built-in into the Telegram messenger app, which boasts over 400 million customers worldwide.
These plans fell by because the undertaking confronted the SEC’s scrutiny, leaving TON to impartial builders prepared to hold out the undertaking. Quite a lot of community-based tasks have arisen over the previous few months, specifically Free TON, NewTON and TON Neighborhood Blockchain.
Free TON was the primary one to materialize, because it was launched by an impartial neighborhood of validators on Might 7, just a few days previous to Telegram CEO Pavel Durov’s open letter saying that the corporate was quitting the undertaking. Within the letter, Durov announced that “Telegram’s energetic involvement with TON” was over and seemingly addressed TON-based tasks, saying:
“You may even see — or might have already seen — websites utilizing my title or the Telegram model or the ’TON’ abbreviation to advertise their tasks. Don’t belief them together with your cash or knowledge. No current or previous member of our staff is concerned with any of those tasks. Whereas networks based mostly on the know-how we constructed for TON might seem, we received’t have any affiliation with them and are unlikely to ever assist them in any method.”
Since then, two different TON-based initiatives, NewTON and TON Neighborhood Blockchain — which seemingly originated from the Chinese TON Community — have been created.
Builders of TON forks are inspired
Even Telegram’s official TON improvement group said that it will be suspending its assist of TON’s check community beginning August 1, the publish notably addressed those that “must proceed testing after this date,” primarily saying that community individuals will nonetheless be capable to proceed their TON-based exercise. For steering, Telegram enclosed three paperwork overlaying the set up of full nodes, validators and check Grams.
When requested whether or not this improvement impacts Free TON in any method, Ron Millow, the undertaking’s “communications evangelist” and the chief enterprise improvement officer of TON Labs, mentioned that it “positively” does, elaborating to Cointelegraph:
“We are able to now end what TON began, which was the thought from the very starting. The truth is we posted this in the entire discussion groups. It’s unhappy to see after all, however now we’re going to complete it.”
Millow went on to say that “the Durovs contaminated all of us with their phenomenal concept,” which prompted them to launch the Free TON fork as soon as Telegram’s plans hit the regulatory wall. “The distinction is we launched it with none funding aside from our personal will and time,” he added.
In keeping with the Free TON consultant, the undertaking has already launched the mainnet for testing TON Surf — “the pockets, browser and chat all-in-one” developed by TON Labs — though the community itself “will not be but prepared for public consumption, as a result of we’re operating it by its paces and testing it,” as Millow went on so as to add:
“We’re operating community stress (load) contests, devops contests, and different mechanisms to additionally put the community by excessive stress and assaults to weed out each attainable bug and flaw. This manner after we ’flip the swap’ nothing will change however all of the fats can have been trimmed off.”
Equally, the NewTON staff appears to be unfazed by the replace. “We take this information because the Telegram staff desires the neighborhood to proceed engaged on the TON,” a NewTON consultant informed Cointelegraph, including:
“Everybody who wants a testnet can use our testnet. Newton testnet has been working because the spring of this 12 months, various kinds of wallets and instruments can be found […] We additionally did work on our various open supply Telegram apps and bots with TON integration, there will likely be information.”
Tooz Wu, a Beijing-based blockchain researcher and founding father of the Chinese language TON Neighborhood, informed Cointelegraph that the neighborhood’s TON fork, which was initially led by those in China, has since advanced and is now “composed of builders from a number of nations.” Wu informed Cointelegraph:
“This improvement is nice for
. [Now that Telegram’s support has] formally stopped, the neighborhood blockchain can accommodate extra builders and validators. Now the purpose is to check the safety of TON community.”
Wu added that the Chinese language TON Neighborhood will take into account launching the mainnet after it solves a community bug and makes certain that there are not any additional security-related points. Like different people engaged on TON-based initiatives, he’s sure that Telegram desires the neighborhood to proceed: “As you may see from Pavel Durov’s publish, it’s inspired.”
Some former members of the TON neighborhood didn’t see the most recent improvement as a optimistic one. As one of many founding members of the TON Neighborhood Basis beforehand informed Cointelegraph, with out Telegram’s workforce, cash and viewers, adopting a TON-based project will be a difficult task.