XYO to Empower Users with xyOS

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A new decentralized operating system to advance standard for data sovereignty and user autonomy

xyOS, or XYO Operating System, represents a new chapter for XYO, leveraging the benefits of decentralized networks, while utilizing a user-friendly graphical interface. This operating system needs to make it easier than ever to interact with blockchain technology, while giving users full control over their data.

XYO launched a beta version of xyOS on 29 April 2024, embracing enhanced data sovereignty and seamless usability to empower users to engage in the XYO ecosystem and the broader digital landscape. With xyOS they want to bridge the gap between the complex world of decentralized technology and the everyday user. 

This operating system uses a graphical user interface, similar to for example the iPhone Home Screen or the Windows desktop. xyOS democratizes access to the XYO platform, protocol and network, allowing anybody to access decentralized applications with a finger click. 

Data sovereignty & user autonomy

By storing all data locally, users retain full control and sovereignty over their information. They also have the flexibility to modify or delete it at their discretion. In addition, xyOS helps users to interact with the blockchain through a smooth interface. Even setting up a node or getting real-time data insights has become a lot easier. 

Interacting with dapps is one of the key features of xyOS, which comes packed with default dapps like Profile, Settings, System Health and Name Service. You can also customize your xyOS through OS Theming, or use tools like Quick Search or the dashboard clock. They built xyOS in such a way that users can create multiple identities, each with different preferences. Make an account, customize it, and you’re ready to begin peer-to-peer engagements. Of course, xyOS allows third-party developers to deploy their own dapps as well. 

XYO Name Service, or xyoNS

Similar to name services on other blockchains, XYO Name Service allows users to create an ID that’s easier to remember, share and recognize. Instead of a standard wallet address, XYO Name Service allows users to have a username. This can be applied to both xyOS and the XYO Network, and also offers a collective namespace for public name resolutions. 

XYO explained

To understand the full scope of this easy to use interface, one should also understand a bit more about XYO. XYO is a node-based technology made of XYO Modules. Each Module provides its own sovereign ledger, and does not require other modules to extend that ledger. A Module is an account or wallet with a sovereign ledger and the ability to build and sign Bound Witnesses.

XYO Network has six module types, each with a different functionality in the XYO ecosystem. 

  1. Archivist – where bound witness and payload data is stored
  2. Bridge – a module that connects different nodes, often remotely
  3. Diviner – utilizes data and transforms that into new data
  4. Node – a collection of different modules, for example with very specific access inclusions or exclusions
  5. Sentinel – tells modules what to do, and performs lots of the heavy lifting in the network
  6. Witness – collects data, and moves that data onto the blockchain

For example, a Sentinel could tell the modules it needs temperature information from a certain city. It would then use a Bridge to send the request. Various Witness modules could collect required data, which a Diviner then transforms into the requested data. Ultimately the Archivist would store the data for future reference and verification. 

Closing words

XYO wants to give individuals control over the data they create, while the protocol enhances data validity, certainty, and value by constructing a data marketplace that sets a gold standard for apps, websites, and blockchain technologies reliant on trusted data. xyOS has now become the consumer-facing product that makes the whole process of data control much easier. Create a profile, customize it, and you’re ready to go. 

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