The Free TON blockchain platform team has launched an alternative testnet https://net.ton.live
According to the Free TON network development roadmap, the first stage, called “Raging Bull”, includes the launch of a test network. At this stage, the so-called “decentralization bomb” (DTB) is operating. It is a timer that counts down until the developers can no longer make changes to the configuration. This will be followed by the “Rumble Fish“ stage, when control over the parameters will pass to the validators, and then the third – “Fight Club“, when the blockchain reaches sufficient decentralization.
The testnet operation will ensure the gradual rollout of the Free TON platform, the development of the necessary software and mechanism for distributing rewards, as well as increasing security within the community.
The main task of the Free TON test network is to test the operation of a cryptocurrency using the example of a conditional token that has no actual value. As such a token, Ruby is used – a zero-value coin created exclusively for testing the network. You can take part in testing right now. To use the playground, you must use the following instructions:
In order to receive Ruby tokens, you need to register, link a wallet and apply. By registering, potential testnet participants agree that:
1. net.ton.dev is a gaming testnet for development and testing purposes only.
2. Ruby tokens are useless, you cannot try to buy or sell them to anyone.
3. The test network may be restarted, damaged, or broken. If the developers consider it necessary, then the network can be stopped at any time without warning.
In fact, the Free TON test network is a testing ground for studying the development environment of the main network. By its structure, it is a network of payment channels for the native cryptocurrency. The test mode is intended to help in scaling up coin transfer operations.
You can work with coins accrued after registration within the test network. For example, take part in the formation of blocks within the framework of the Proof-of-stake consensus algorithm, since the probability of creating a block in PoS depends on the number of coins in the user’s wallet.
Such testing allows you to detect errors and vulnerabilities without harming users. Developers are free to experiment with applications without financial loss and do not pose a threat to the security of the real network.
A number of safety improvements are planned during the operation of the playground. As the number of transactions increases, experiments will be conducted with exponential load increases.
The developers urge users to join testing to identify possible bugs. Developing the underlying infrastructure and ecosystem of the testnet will help improve the Free TON multi-blockchain platform.