Hoskinson revealed this some hours ago via his official Twitter handle. According to the update, Family and Friend Haskell Shelley Testnet will be available next week.
He added that the public testnet won’t be far off, considering the work rate of Cardano’s team of developers. He furthered that the team will forge ahead one step at a time, to the eventual realization of Shelley.
Charles Hoskinson shared this, “Next week is going to be a lot of fun. F&F Haskell Shelley Testnet! At this velocity, the public testnet won’t be far off and then the pledge, saturation and desirability debate begins with the stakepool operators hammering it out with Kevin and Co. Shelley…smells like victory.”
Next week is going to be a lot of fun. F&F Haskell Shelley Testnet! At this velocity, the public testnet won't be far off and then the pledge, saturation and desirability debate begins with the stakepool operators hammering it out with Kevin and Co. Shelley…smells like victory
— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) May 8, 2020
Haskell Based Testnet to be Different from Incentivized Testnet (ITN)
According to IOHK, the firm behind the development in Cardano (ADA), stake pool operators, and the ADA holders will notice that the testnet based on Haskell will be different from the well-known Incentivized Testnet (ITN).
“The ITN was designed to give stake pool operators experience in building their critical infrastructure, while allowing IOHK’s engineers to test the new incentive mechanisms with real ada, delegated by actual ada holders. The Haskell Shelley testnet is about ensuring that the Shelley mainnet is calibrated to be a best-in-class experience from day one. Unlike the ITN, the Haskell Shelley testnet will not involve ‘regular’ ada holders: the testnet will not be incentivized.”
Moreover, the duration of each phase will be reduced for them not to last for months. In this process, all the necessary components of Cardano (ADA) will be tested.
“The Shelley experience will roll out within clearly defined phases. The first three phases will involve exploring and testing the new Shelley capabilities and moving to a situation where we are ready for full Shelley mainnet deployment.”