Pavel Durov's blockchain platform will have its own operating system

By JamesBond007 | JamesBond007 | 29 Apr 2020


Developers of the TON platform are implementing their own operating system. It will allow you to run services on the blockchain on any device and will be able to work with any cryptocurrency, which is important in the context of the ban on the release of Gram by the US authorities
In the near future, TON OS, an operating system for the TON blockchain platform, will appear in the Play Market and AppStore app stores. RBC was told about this by a source close to Telegram.
Earlier, the TON Labs website announced that TON OS — "an end-to-end open source infrastructure that will allow developers and users to work with the TON blockchain" - will be launched this spring. Applications for installing the operating system have already been developed and will soon be available for mass use on smartphones and laptops, the source explained.
TON OS is not an alternative to existing operating systems, it will be an add-on for devices to support applications on the blockchain, he says. "No one bought the first PCs either, because they had two programs at best. We are in the blockchain now at about the moment when the first programs for computers appeared before the era of DOS operating systems, " the source of RBC noted. According to him, until now TON OS has been available for blockchain developers, now it has added a user interface, and in the future it will be intended for any users.
What will the launch of TON OS give, RBC understood.
What is TON?
Telegram Open Network (TON) — a blockchain platform that the telegram messenger team, led by its founder Pavel Durov, is working on creating. In early 2018, telegram structures attracted $1.7 billion in investment to create the platform. It was planned to launch before the end of October 2019, along with the Gram cryptocurrency, which will be used to confirm transactions on the platform. But a few days before the launch, a court in the US imposed a ban on the release of Gram at the request of the us securities and exchange Commission (SEC). Investors agreed to postpone the deadline for the launch of the blockchain platform to April 30, 2020, but the court hearings in the case are continuing, and the ban will not be lifted by that day.
Why does a blockchain platform need its own OS
According to the interlocutor of RBC, now the blockchain is perceived as a technological basis for tokens and cryptocurrency wallets. "But it's like putting your photos on a computer, opening them on the screen and using your PC as an electronic photo frame. In terms of functionality, we now use the blockchain in the same way, " he says. There are already several applications for TON OS, and TON Labs itself is developing new services, the source added.
In particular, within the framework of TON OS, it will be possible to create applications that will be automatically compatible with the blockchain platform. He expects that in the future, the operating system will have many applications that will ensure the security of the transfer of various values, not necessarily cryptocurrencies. "In the sphere of Finance or, for example, any voting, decentralized management can solve a huge number of problems with corruption, management efficiency, and citizen engagement. Small businesses will be able to reduce costs by using a secure chat for participants who manage the assets of this business and the contractual relations of the parties, " he said.
In documents for investors from Telegram, it was previously reported that among the additional services of the blockchain platform will be TON Services — a platform for creating and downloading applications based on the blockchain. The authors will be able to get Gram for developing the app. For example, these include TON Sites — a kind of secure sites that can only be accessed from within the TON ecosystem. According to a RBC source, TON Sites will be available in TON OS.
Russian Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev pointed out that the presence of an operating system will allow you to run various applications that will not work on a specific device, but on top of the technological environment that is supported by its participants. These can be bots, smart contracts, applications that coordinate the actions of participants and record their interaction, the movement of documents and tasks along routes, applications for voting — any where you need to guarantee the immutability of the result and data, the Internet Ombudsman listed. In his opinion, the TON OS project echoes the Codius Protocol, which was previously launched by the developers of the Ripple ecosystem (including the cryptocurrency of the same name) and which allows, for example, to launch decentralized applications. "Ripple has been engaged in this direction for a long time, but Codius is not particularly popular and in demand —" Marinichev argues. — The main thing is that the [TON OS] solution does not turn out to be exclusively a marketing tool around the name. With the same success and Java, and even more so Codius could be called operating systems." He drew an analogy with messenger: when Telegram was first launched, it performed the simplest function — sending messages. Then new features began to appear, secret chats, channels, bots-all together made Telegram popular.
However, the weak point of the system being developed, he called the issue of user confidence in the technological environment. "Now you have to trust the developer, the owner of the system, but TON OS, if it is a truly decentralized system — will not have an owner in the classic sense of the word," Marinichev pointed out. In addition, it is important that there are no risks associated with confrontation with the state, which is also a "vulnerability point" for TON OS. In April 2018, Roskomnadzor blocked Telegram on the territory of Russia by a court decision due to the fact that the project management did not provide the FSB with encryption keys. However, the messenger is available to users thanks to a means of circumventing the block.
A telegram representative did not respond to RBC's request.
Another RBC source close to Telegram developers says that the blockchain is convenient as a means of payment, and it is best if TON OS is embedded in Telegram. "It can be used as a means of payment without Gram, for example, on some other cryptocurrency,"the source said. According to Alexey Blagirev, Director of the competence center for distributed registries of the International banking Institute, it is quite possible to launch another cryptocurrency on the TON blockchain platform instead of Gram. He explained that the claims from the SEC relate only to the Gram cryptocurrency, and the blockchain platform does not fall under the restrictions of the regulator.
Earlier, the publication Forklog reported that the validators of the TON blockchain platform, that is, those who will confirm transactions on it, intend to launch the platform if the telegram management cannot do this. According to sources of the publication, the phased launch of the platform will begin in may, a number of project participants have already signed a Declaration. One of the interlocutors of RBC said that the Declaration contains a clause stating that the signatory is not a US citizen and does not own companies registered in this country.

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