ALICE Testnet Launch & Introducing the Pioneer Canary Network!
Happy ALICE launch-day everyone! This milestone has been a long time coming for our dedicated Muonites, on the back of months of intense research and development. We can now mark the beginning of the most exciting period of Muon’s development, and share our work with the world!
On top of the launch information for ALICE, we are also pleased to be sharing further details of our network roadmap, which will culminate in the launch of the main Muon network! This pathway aims to scale network adoption (ie. nodes and apps), whilst simultaneously ensuring that the network can operate securely throughout.
ALICE Testnet is Live!
The Muon Testnet (aka ‘ALICE’) represents the testable state of the Muon project, and is designed for testing the functionality of Muon’s technical infrastructure on a large, public network without any risk to real funds. This means the ALICE token is only for experimental purposes and has no real market value. ALICE will allow both developers and users to experiment with features and capabilities of the network without the risk of financial loss. In addition, malfunctions and bugs can be found and fixed without the risk of a hack.
Anyone can now run a Testnet node on the ALICE network, and taking part is being additionally incentivized by a ‘node-drop’ (details on this below).
Introducing the Pioneer Canary Network
To help securely scale Muon Network, we are introducing a canary network (aka ‘Pioneer Network’). The primary purpose of this network is to help scale the onboarding of node operators and integrating apps into Muon’s main network.
The Pioneer network is an actual network with a tradable token ($PION) that has a market value. This creates the most realistic testing environment possible for new projects who are looking to integrate into the Muon ecosystem. As Pioneer is a virtual copy of Muon, it is also able to bring into light any undetected potential risks or malfunctions before the main network’s release.
Look out for more details on Pioneer to come ahead of its launch!
To incentivize public nodes on the ALICE Testnet, all participating community members who run ALICE nodes will be eligible for one free node on the Pioneer Canary network. This ‘node-drop’ means eligible users will receive the required collateral of (locked) $PION tokens to run a node, meaning they can operate a Pioneer node & receive network rewards for free, without needing to invest their own capital!
Note: running multiple ALICE nodes does NOT qualify users for multiple node-drops
In addition to this, participants in the $MUON presale will receive a node-drop of one or more Pioneer nodes, which will be based on a tiered system of how large a purchase was made in the presale (ie. more $MUON bought = more Pioneer nodes).
In short, the maximum economic benefit from the Pioneer network will be gained by those who purchased in the $MUON presale AND are running an ALICE Testnet node!
The launch of the $PION token will take place ahead of $MUON, with tokenomics and a fair-launch structure designed to entirely incentivize node operation (node-drop + node rewards). Stay tuned for more $PION and node-drop info to come!
Muon is a decentralized node network enabling applications to run on-chain, off-chain & cross-chain. Its technology allows for projects to build customizable web3 solutions that enable possibilities beyond the existing constraints of blockchain.
Learn about Muon here.
Run an ALICE Testnet node here.