Attention please, let us have a moment of silence for our fallen comrade…Yes it is true, Cyanogen Inc. has officially shut down its open source development project and all other related services to its main product.
On December 23rd, a spokesperson from Cyanogen Inc. had this to say on the company’s blog:
As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.
This is a clear fall from grace for the popular OS modding company- it was only two years ago it declined an acquisition offer by Google, saying it was “still growing as a company.” Clearly that growth never came to pass, as rumors have been spreading for some months now about a possible shutting down of the open sourced project.
All is not lost however- on December the 24th, a small group of CyanogenMod contributors announced on the CyanogenMod blog that they would be “forking” the OS and move to continue its development. To add more drama to the flame, shortly after the post went up, Cyanogen Inc. had the DNS for cyanogenmod.org shut down. Before that happened however, the post was saved in Google’s cache:
CM has always been more than the name and more than the infrastructure. CM has been a success based on the spirit, ingenuity and effort of its individual contributors…Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CM source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CM 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.
We will keep abreast of the situation as it unfolds.