Linea, an Ethereum-based Layer 2 solution, has recently launched the mainnet alpha release of its zkEVM rollup network. This major development allows developers to create scalable decentralized applications (dApps) or migrate existing ones without changing code or rewriting smart contracts. The release follows a successful testnet phase with 5.5 million unique wallets and over 46 million transactions.
What is Linea?
Linea is a zero-knowledge EVM (zkEVM) rollup network launched by ConsenSys – the parent company of Metamask, which enables developers to create and scale dApps in industries like DeFi and NFTs without the need to change code or rewrite smart contracts. The network offers faster throughput and lower transaction fees compared to Ethereum Layer 1. Its launch partners are expected to release new scalable dApps in gaming, identity, decentralized social networks, and NFTs. Linea combines zero-knowledge proofs with full Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) equivalence, making it accessible and highly composable for developers.
Faster Throughput and Lower Transaction Fees
The alpha release of Linea’s zkEVM rollup network offers faster throughput and lower transaction fees compared to Ethereum Layer 1 (L1). According to the announcement, the network can handle up to 2,000 transactions per second (TPS) with fees up to 15 times lower than L1. This makes it an attractive option for developers looking to build scalable dApps on the Ethereum network.
Deeper Integrations with MetaMask
The alpha release of its zkEVM rollup network also enables deeper integrations with MetaMask, a popular browser extension for interacting with the Ethereum network. MetaMask will offer the network to users of their popular Bridge, Swap, and Buy features in Portfolio, making it easier for users to access Linea-based dApps and transact with low fees.
New Scalable dApps in Gaming, Identity, Decentralized Social Networks, and NFTs
As partners migrate to the alpha release of Linea’s zkEVM rollup network, they will unlock new scalable dApps in a variety of fields, including gaming, identity, decentralized social networks, and NFTs. This will allow developers to create more complex and feature-rich dApps with improved performance and lower costs.
The mainnet alpha release of Linea’s zkEVM rollup network represents a significant step forward for the Ethereum network and the broader ecosystem of decentralized applications. By offering faster throughput, lower transaction fees, and deeper integrations with popular tools like MetaMask, Linea is poised to become a major player in the world of decentralized applications. As developers migrate to the alpha release, we can expect to see a wave of new and innovative dAps that leverage the power of this scalable Layer 2 solution.