The Ethereum Core Devs team is planning to develop a new testnet called Holli. This is a move that partially solves the difficulties of product testing on Ethereum’s two current testnets.
The Holli rollout is expected later this year, helping to improve the product testing environment for client node developers and dApp developers, along with the node operations team. This solution will handle the difficulty of many projects in accumulating testnet version ETH to test products on existing Ethereum testnets.
A new testnet, Holli, is planned to launch later this year, and hopefully we can figure out these things before then! I’ve made two suggestions on the repo, and would love to hear from application layer devs about how we could better approach this!
— timbeiko.eth (@TimBeiko) February 23, 2023
Developer Tim Beiko shared that the new test network will be more optimal for client, application and node developers.
At the time of writing, Ethereum has two popular testnets, Goerli and Sepolia. Goerli is then the main test network, as the first testnet to support multiple client versions for validators. However, the distribution of the native coin Goerli-ETH (GoETH) of this network is inefficient and falls into the hands of certain validators. Only a small amount of GoETH is redistributed to users via “faucet” and directly authenticated by Twitter.
These are methods that affect the security of personal information and take a lot of time for users.
Recently, the developers of the LayerZero protocol implemented a liquidity pool to help users own GoETH with ETH on the mainnet. While many developers support this move, many other users also voiced opposition because it distorts the original “free” goal of testnets.
Sepolia, another testnet, is experiencing supply problems and design problems as validators can freely mint Sepolia-ETH (SepETH). It is known that this network is not yet open to all validators, which means that a large amount of supply will be concentrated in the hands of certain units. So developer Tim Beiko and the Ethereum team came to the decision to build Holli.
To make Holli-ETH more familiar to programmers, Beiko suggests randomly allocating the coin supply to the address where the smart contract is deployed on the testnets as well as the mainnet of Ethereum.