It can be hard to keep track of all the struggles and controversies surrounding EOS.
First came the stop-and-go launch, followed by controversy over locked accounts – then more locked accounts, this time on the orders of an "arbitrator" that many in the community hadn't realized existed. Next came a fake order purporting to be from the arbitrator, the fallout from which led EOS architect Dan Larimer to propose a whole new governance structure or "constitution."
Just one problem: there was and still is no system in place to vote on a constitutional change. Meanwhile the voting scheme that is in place – for choosing the block producers (BPs) who maintain the EOS blockchain much as bitcoin's miners do – has put several BPs that aren't following all the rules of the constitution in charge.
For some EOS community members, it was all too much.
Take Douglas Horn, who told CoinDesk:"I'm a really big believer in the potential of EOS and of EOSIO software, and I came to believe that it was on a bad path."
As such, Horn thought he could do better, and recently authored a white paper for Telos, a fork of the open-source protocol behind EOS called EOSIO.
And his is just one of several groups that have decided to take the software, tweak it and set up a new network.
EOS Force is another example. They propose an EOSIO-based main chain with side chains incorporating features of ethereum, zcash and cardano. Another is ONO, a social network that was going to launch on EOS, but decided to fork it instead. EvolutionOS, which aims for more even token distribution and lower RAM prices, is airdropping ethereum-based tokens and plans to launch its own EOSIO-based blockchain.
And other examples include WAX and Worbli.
Telos, though, appears to be the fork with the most momentum and support. For instance, several of its team members were involved in the EOS launch, and in more than one case, those people are helping build...