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The launch of Chrysalis on the mainnet may be delayed by “a few days/weeks”

There was some confusion yesterday within the IOTA organization as to whether Chrysalis(also known as IOTA 1.5) will be delayed. Chrysalis’s first phase will be “released first on Comnet and, of course, then on Mainnet,” wrote Dominik Schiener, co-founder of IOTA Telegram channel. In addition, as Schiener writes, there will be a security audit. Contrary to expectations that Chrysalis phase 1 will be released in August, it has now been announced that the IOTA 1.5 update will first be released in Comnet TestNet. Chrysalis’s release on the motherboard is likely to be delayed by “a few days/weeks” while further testing and audits are conducted.

The discord community subsequently
expressed their lack of understanding for Schiener’s statement. Based on a blog
post about the release strategy of IOTA 1.5 from mid-May, pretty much the
entire community assumed that Chrysalis phase 1 will be released in August and
phase 2 in Mainnet by the end of October. But as it turned out now, these dates
seem to be only valid for the release in the Comnet testnet.

After a big discussion about a bad
communication policy on the part of the IOTA Foundation had flared up in the
IOTA Discord, Dominik Schiener took the floor again. The IOTA co-founder made
clear that Chrysalis will appear first in the Comnet testnet:

That screenshot from Telegram above
literally says: it will first be deployed on the Comnet before going on the
Mainnet, and that we will also do a security audit. I truly don’t get the
hysteria here @Phiniut , when it is obvious that we need to be absolutely sure
that what we developed works, has been audited and properly vetted through
testing.

Launching such big changes already now on
Comnet is amazing progress because it allows the entire community to actively
participate in this new version of IOTA which is much more scalable and
requires few to no reattachments. We are doing our best to meet the tight timelines
we set forth. There’s no official communication yet because we still need to
finish the changes themselves in Hornet.

Mr. Schiener also explained that all the
times indicated on the IOTA Roadmap are not to be understood as deadlines, but
only as a timetable. In the end, the tests and audits have a higher priority in
order to guarantee a faultless mainnet:

Everything on the roadmap and in the
communication is an assessment of how long it will take. We do not set them as
deadlines by when we need to deliver else our heads will be chopped off by the
community for being a week or two late. That is not how software development on
such an important protocol is supposed to work.

Right now what is most important is that
the changes in Hornet are near completion, they are going to be put on the
Comnet and we will run thorough tests and audits to make sure that if we make
the switch on the mainnet, that we are confident that nothing will break.

Via Twitter, Hans Moog, developer at the
IOTA Foundation, also provided more clarity. As Moog explained, the audits and
tests will take longer than expected. This will cause a slight delay,
especially since the times given were only “estimated arrival times”:

It looks like the audit and the testing
will take a bit longer than expected. But we are talking a few days / weeks
extra and not like a huge delay. We are working very hard to stay as close to
the roadmap as possible but sometimes there are unexpected things that cost you
a few days (i.e. developers getting sick or technical issues that need to be
sorted out).

That’s why these timelines are considered
to be ETAs (estimated times of arrival) rather than hard dates. This is the
biggest update of the IOTA protocol in years and you better be sure that
everything is safe and sound. Jeopardizing the security of the network just to
be able to make it in time is not worth it.

Author : Jake Simmons

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