Author: Marco González
Editor: Randall Roland
EOS Network working groups already surpass existing infrastructure built during 1st and 2nd generation EOSIO. Understanding the future direction of the EOS mainnet begins in the ENF’s mission.
“We lead from a birds-eye-view of the EOS Network, identifying the most fruitful opportunities for investment, seed funding, and collaboration, to create positive feedback loops that fuel further innovation.”
The foundation’s broad scope becomes clear upon visiting its website. Investment opportunities and funding are evident in working groups and matching funds for community-driven quadratic funding. Feedback loops become apparent as one dives deeper into working groups. Coalition+ represents the most obvious feedback loop where coordinated development for Antelope returns to each independent chain.
Even at this early stage, judging the magnitude of the ENF’s influence is challenging. Working groups take on lives of their own driven by independent Blue Papers. Yet, they all work together aligned under a common ENF vision:
“We are building a decentralized future that doesn't sacrifice community, coordination, cooperation, and consensus, facilitating unprecedented innovation by uniting and empowering developers around the world.”
A Comprehensive Effort
The ENF came to power out of the cries of the community. Doubt many thought that Yves La Rose and team would have taken such a comprehensive approach to advancing the EOS mainnet.
Indeed, “comprehensive” well describes the ENF’s effort. Prior EOSIO upgrades were driven by more specific concerns. Whether those concerns derived from the needs of private enterprise, or of a critical nature to the mainnet, EOSIO upgrades, like 2.0 and 2.1, don’t come close to Mandel’s (Antelope) vision.
Overhauling the Mainnet
Mandel, rebranded Antelope, is an overhaul of the EOS mainnet. It also puts to rest long-held complaints that were loudly voiced by the community over the years.
Why does Antelope Leap v3.1 so drastically outpace other EOS upgrades? Anyone in the community would agree that it’s about “stake” (pun intended). Sure, Block.one, block producers, and other investors were motivated to keep the EOS mainnet alive. However, these entities didn’t fully depend upon, thus, didn’t fully support, EOS.
Team ENF can financially survive without EOS. The difference is inspiration. The ENF and its chosen partners and projects are committed to developing the core technology. B1 and most pre-3.0 BPs focused on short-term financial gains.
For Team ENF, development efforts on EOS represent a dream. It’s fueling passions in a way not capable on other blockchains. Furthermore, trying to alter, redesign, or build an entirely new blockchain would be redundant given the potential already seen in Leap 3.1.
ENF developers were recruited out of the EOS mainnet community. They understand EOS, what it’s capable of, what it needs, and how to get things done.
Overview of Working Groups
Key projects supported by the ENF began under Mandel and continue under Antelope. Each listed below has its own Blue Paper detailing primary objectives, independent outlooks, and how they fit into the overall vision.
The Core+ team is entrusted with the heart of the ENF: developing the new EOS mainnet.
Developers across EOS sister chains come together under the mission of the EOSIO (Coalition)+ working group. It’s a more complex venture than most working groups. As such, the team releases weekly updates.
EVM+ attracts a lot of attention. Named The Trust Network, EOS’ first Ethereum Virtual Machine promises to uplift the EOS mainnet and offload Ethereum.
API+ (and DUNE)
Key to inspiring development on EOS is improving tools. For years, developers complained about the inefficiencies of bringing an EOS app to market. It’s an unfortunate irony given the wide consensus of the blockchain’s impressive operational advantages. Together, API+ and D.U.N.E. satisfy most complaints levied by developers during the Block.one era.
Wallet+ without user friendly wallets, EOS might as well be available only on the Moon.
EOSIO affords community perks not possible (or at least practical) on other chains. Leap takes features a step further. Through Recover+ and Audit+ the new EOS will be able to better protect users. It expects to do so in ways that feel more comfortable, more like traditional internet security. Imagine a blockchain where users know that losing keys doesn't mean the end of the world. EOS already uses named addresses, so why not.
Scalability+ and Yield+
Prepare for success. For EOS that means efficient scaling. Scalability+, of course, leads this cause. Fulfilling the liquidity part is the Yield+ team.
The New EOS
The ENF presented its first look into Mandel 3.1 at the Blockchain Futurist Conference in mid August. The brand reveal of Antelope came at the end of the conference. On September 21st, roughly one month later, the consensus upgrade was completed.
Sources & References
Further reading on the blue papers
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