Telegram’s blockchain project, TON, has experienced several delays, due to the regulatory friction with the SEC and just recently postponed its launch indefinitely as all its efforts to convince the regulators did not go as planned.
However, the operating system for its blockchain network, TON, does not have to bear the brunt and it is all set to go open-source on Github prior to its official launch on Google Play and Apple AppStore.
The news about TON Labs, making the OS open source was revealed on May 6th by the Mitja Goroshevsky, CTO at TON Labs. The CTO explained that the TON OS would not be a universal one like android or iOS and meant to enhance the interaction of customers with blockchain-based systems and applications. He explained:
“Vitalik Buterin has been referring to Ethereum as the “World computer.” If it’s a world computer, it must have a processor and resources and provide services to the user.
But there is no operating system or operating environment to manage these resources on the blockchain today.“
TON to Launch TON Cash Along With Making the OS Open Source
As per a report from ForkLog, the industry publication revealed that the open-source launch of the TON OS will also include a command-line interface, the multi-signature wallet smart contract, TON validator launch toolkit, and the TON node.
Apart from these tools and services launched with the open-sourcing of the project. The report also revealed that TON Labs is planning to issue its decentralized browser – called Surf – along with a staking pool called DePool and even a new token called TON Cash within a month of the open-source launch.
TON-OS is designed to support blockchain applications and further, it would also allow users to create blockchain applications compatible with the TON ecosystem. Despite the regulatory woes over the native token – GRAM – being a security offering, the mainnet can still be launched by the independent validators.
With the release of the TON Open Source, TON Labs is joining hands with the Free Software Foundation (FSF). As the name suggests FFS is a major free software movement, and the decision by TON Labs to join this movement is to keep its TON blockchain project as decentralized as possible which can be available to everyone for free.
The Forked version of the TON OS went live during a three-hour live-streamed Zoom call in which the first block (genesis) went live. You can see the live stream here. You can see on the TON block explorer that they are (at the moment) sitting at around 5,000 blocks.