Sun. Feb 28th, 2021
Dune Network, Free TON

The merger of the Dune Network with the Free TON blockchain is expected in the near future. Origin Labs and Dune Network Foundation Founder and President, Fabrice Le Fessant answered questions about the initial ideas of their project, development challenges, the procedure for merging with Free TON, and the future plans of the teams.

  • What was the initial idea of the Dune Network project? What did you want to achieve?

The initial goal of Dune Network was to build an application platform, not just yet another cryptocurrency, with a focus on security and reliability, but also on accessibility. 

At the time, you had to choose between easy-to-use blockchains, with no security, and very secure ones, but almost inaccessible. Dune Network was the bridge between them.

  • What prevented you from achieving all your goals and can something like this happen with the Free TON project?

On one side, you have the most innovative projects, with small teams of smart people building the top tech blockchain. On the other side, you have giant projects, often much less innovative but famous because of their size. If you are one of these innovative projects, you usually struggle to be heard with a smaller team and community. With Dune Network, we managed to build a nice community, but not enough to compete with giants. 

Free TON has a unique feature: thanks to its way of funding its development through token contests, it has the opportunity to merge with other small projects to become big enough to compete with giants.

  • What will happen to Dune Network after the merger with Free TON?

Once the merge is complete, the existing Dune Network blockchain will stop. The code is open-source, and we feel it is important to keep with this ethos by leaving the resources and repositories available. In theory, it could be used to create another blockchain, but trust me, it is a huge challenge that very few people could handle.

  • How will the ORL team work within the Free TON project? Will you have joint projects with other community development teams?

There are a lot of possibilities at this time. Development on Free TON is funded through contests. ORL (and OCamlPro, its older sister) are going to compete as many other teams in these contests, and in particular in the Formal Verification Sub-Governance where there is a lot of work to do. 

Of course, contests do not prevent joint projects, in particular when you develop open-source tooling, you hope that other teams will use them and contribute to them!

  • Could you briefly describe the process of merging the Dune Network with FreeTON? What are the stages and how long will it take?

There is an upgrade coming (protocol upgrade 6.5) on the Dune Network to prepare for a switch from Proof-of-Stake to Proof-of-Authority during the merge where stake is going to disappear. After that, there is development work on the swapper infrastructure (website, smart contracts, etc.) for a few weeks, and then the swap itself. This should remain open and active for about 3 months, but we think most accounts will swap within the first weeks.

  • Уou mentioned the need to use the Proof-of-Authority mechanism instead of Proof-of-Stake. Could you explain the need for such a change?

For us, it is important that the blockchain cease to exist after the swap, now that the community has voted for it. Without proof-of-stake, some validators could continue to validate blocks and keep the blockchain running if they didn’t swap their tokens. Proof-of-Authority will just be used for that, to centralize the blockchain at the end so that nobody can take its control after the swap.

  • The community will provide you with 9 million TON Crystal. How will the transfer of tokens take place?

Every account holder will have to perform a transaction on Dune Network for his tokens to appear on Free TON, and then one on Free TON to confirm the swap. A website will make it easy for users to perform these actions. 

In the meantime, we are working side by side with the Free TON community to integrate and involve the Dune community with the forums and chats, and of course, we are delighted at the warm welcome we have received but there is still a need to educate them about the workings of Free TON.

  • Do you already have an idea of the projects that you will be working on in the Free TON community?

Not as of yet, but there are a lot of options! 

Origin Labs & OCamlPro specialise in building tooling for programming languages and software verification. There are already such projects in the Free TON ecosystem, so they need to understand where they can best apply themselves to add the most value. 

Aside from this, we’re looking into possibilities for public applications, such as the Tzscan block explorer they did for Tezos

So to answer the question, before choosing what to do, there is still need to dive deeper into the tech and ecosystem, but we are making excellent progress already and very excited for this!

  • In your opinion, what are the prospects of the Free TON project?

From the tech stack, to the spirit and philosophies of the community and teams involved, we are very optimistic about the future of Free TON. 

It is a young project, and only just emerging from the sandbox stage, but the potential applications that lay ahead are endless. 

We feel it is important to bring use-case to the ecosystem now, but with so many bright minds combined Free TON can really offer something new and be a big part of the next stages of our industry. We’re very happy to be a part of this.

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