CyanogenMod, a popular open-source Android software for tablets and smartphones which has been around for the past eight years, has announced that it’ll be shutting down service by 31st December 2016 but will be rebranded as LineageOS.
The transition of Cyanogen to Lineage has been anything but smooth as the company let go off a chunk of its staff and CEO in the past few months and has now also parted ways with one of the co-founders of the company.
“As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally,” the company stated.
The company once aimed at killing Android by making a better version of it than Google, but has now come shambling down.
This also means that people who were using CyanogenMod on their devices will now have to shift to CyanogenMod ROM.
The latter isn’t a commercial product and is managed by a number of developers, including Steve Kondik — one of the co-founders who is no longer involved with the original Cyanogen team.
“LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was. A company pulling support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die,” the refreshed team at LineageOS stated.
The departure of Kondik, among others in the past, has triggered the shutdown of the company, which has pulled the plug on its web page as of now.
LineageOS is the New CyanogenMod, Maybe!
Cyanogen Inc. had raised north of $115 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Benchmark to date. However, the new company –LineageOS — currently, a shadow of its previous self won’t be backed by these investments.
“In addition to infrastructure being retired, we in the CM community have lost our voice in the future direction of CM — the brand could be sold to a third party. Even if we were to regroup and rebuild our own infrastructure, continuing development of CM would mean to operate with the threat of sale of the brand looming over our heads,” LineageOS team stated.
The Cyanogen team came up with the idea of rebranding their product as well as discontinuing official support for CyanogenMod majorly due to Cyanogen Inc. owning the rights to the name CyanogenMod as well as pulling funding and infrastructural support from the project.
The team believes that a new project is more viable than continuing with the old one, as they will most probably, depending on the user response, end up raising funds for LineageOS too.
“This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CyanogenMod while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently. We will take pride in our Lineage as we move forward and continue to build on its legacy,” the team adds.
Cyanogen Inc. isn’t shutting down operations.
It is worth noting that Cyanogen Inc., the parent company of CyanogenMod, isn’t shutting down. They’ll just be diverting their resources to a programme — Cyanogen Modular OS — and cutting off services which they feel can no longer be maintained.
CyanogenMod might be dead, but if the team — formerly Cyanogen, now Lineage — can find a way to generate revenue and support their build servers, then little will change for the end user as they can easily create an experience similar to CyanogenMod in no time.