Computers, tablets and smartphones all have an operating system, such as windows, apple OS X or IOS, Linux or Android. Previously, Ethereum has been compared to the “windows” operating system in the blockchain, and even Baidu’s newly released super chain boasts of being the blockchain operating system. So we can’t help thinking: what is a real blockchain operating system? Do you need a blockchain operating system? For this reason, let’s listen to Frederik bussler’s brief and comprehensive views.
Although executives all over the world are trying to use blockchain, and almost everyone has heard of the term, few people have heard of the concept of “blockchain operating system”. Just as operating systems such as windows, Linux and MacOS have become part of the centralized technology world, blockchain operating system will also become a key component of Web3.0.
The meaning of operating system
The traditional operating system is just a huge program, it is the foundation of all other applications. It’s a bridge between hardware and software, because every application you use, whether it’s Google Chrome or Minesweeper, needs to access hardware resources.
The operating system does not have to program directly on the hardware, but allows you to write code on the system. The system helps you do everything you need, from physical resources (such as memory and processing) to mouse and keyboard manipulation.
Before the invention of the operating system, we could also use computers, but these 1940s machines were programmed in machine language. The operating system came out with GMOs in the 1950s, while windows was first launched in 1985, decades later. Its appearance is too crude for us today.
Today, the number of personal computers in the world has far exceeded 1 billion, let alone nearly 4 billion smartphones, and even far exceeded the number of cars in the world. These devices need to use the operating system. Obviously, the operating system has become one of the most successful technologies ever.
The historical background of operating system from birth to success is very important, because it shows that even an undisputed revolutionary technology can take decades to become a global phenomenon. There is no difference between blockchain and blockchain operating system, so they spend a lot of time on their way to maturity.
Characteristics of blockchain operating system
The common operating system exists at the bottom of the software and is connected with the hardware. Like the ordinary operating system, the blockchain operating system also introduces a layer under the software to make the interface with the “hardware” easier. Different from the ordinary operating system, this time the “hardware” is replaced by the blockchain software. After all, blockchain is essentially a global supercomputer. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with regarding blockchain as “hardware”.
Even if it’s just a quantum computer in a hypothetical state, I don’t think it can crack the blockchain. Because blockchain is a more powerful supercomputer. The blockchain operating system provides hardware interfaces for all nodes in the network, rather than with the hardware interfaces in a single computer. These nodes together constitute the blockchain.
Similar to the traditional operating system, the only way to interact with the blockchain before the blockchain operating system appeared was to program directly on it. But the emergence of blockchain operating system has changed this situation. To put it more simply, the blockchain operating system captures the user’s commands and then executes them on the blockchain. If you’ve ever programmed on a blockchain, such as making a DAPP or decentralized application, you’ll understand how terrifying it is to apply blockchain directly compared with making traditional applications.
To this end, the blockchain operating system aims to promote easier development, and the result will naturally eventually bring better user experience. It’s not clear who owned the first blockchain operating system, but Google’s quick search of “the first blockchain operating system” will show you that many companies want to get the title.
Market potential of blockchain operating system
Ordinary operating system has been brewing for decades from brewing to taking off, but blockchain operating system has been popular very fast since it appeared. From mobile applications to personal computing applications to global business and financial applications at the enterprise level, they have emerged in the past few years.
But from another perspective, these young blockchain operating systems still have a long way to go. We know that traditional operating systems came out more than 60 years ago, so we can’t expect blockchain operating systems to suddenly take a particularly large market share. This will be a long and arduous journey, which is not very different from the development journey of the whole blockchain.
Just as the number of users of blockchain wallet began to grow slowly, but rapidly in just a few years:
Interestingly, around 2013, four years after the launch of bitcoin in early 2009, there were almost no wallet users. If we consider that the non mobile blockchain operating system has only really appeared in the past year, then the blockchain operating system market is just starting.
If we look at the number of Ethereum addresses over a period of time, it looks very similar:
We can see that it has achieved faster growth than bitcoin, because so far, people have been familiar with the concept of blockchain for nearly a decade. However, even though Ethereum was launched in 2015, it was not until 2017 that the usage of Ethereum exploded violently.
Considering that the blockchain operating system market is still in its infancy, we do not have enough data to reliably predict its adoption. However, if other blockchain applications keep the development speed shown in the chart, we can expect that the blockchain operating system will be widely adopted before 2030.
As we discussed, it took a long time for the operating system market to take off, and the early versions were very crude. With this in mind, when we see some current blockchain operating systems, let’s give them more tolerance.
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