CyanogenMod Is Dead, Lineage OS Is The Future

CyanogenMod and Cyanogen OS to be dead and buried on 31st December, Crowdsourced Lineage OS to take its place

We had recently reported that Cyanogen Inc. will be discontinuing all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds no later than December 31st. The company disclosed that the move is a part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen. However, CyanogenMod (CM) will continue to remain available for people who want to build it personally, the Cyanogen team said in a blog post.

While the CM open-source project is officially going to shut down, there is apparently a replacement on the way, to Lineage OS.

CM team has listed few reasons why CM got affected due to Cyanogen’s recent discussions in the separate blog. “It will come as no surprise that this most recent action from Cyngn [Cyanogen] is a death blow for CyanogenMod,” the team wrote on the blog.

It further stated on the blog that it also approves that the development was dependent on Cyanogen’s monetary support and the shared source base.

“Cyanogen Inc announced that they were shutting down the infrastructure behind CyanogenMod (CM). This is an action that was not unpredictable given the public departure of Kondik (cyanogen himself) from the company, and with him our last remaining advocate inside Cyanogen’s leadership. 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 entity as it was an asset that Kondik risked to start his business and dream. 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. Then there is the stigma that has grown to be attached to anything named ‘Cyanogen’. Many of you reading this have been champions of clarifying that the CM product and CyngnOS were distinct, yet the stain of many PR actions from Cyanogen is a hard one to remove from CM. Given CM’s reliance on Cyanogen for monetary support and the shared source base, it’s not hard to understand why the confusion remains,” explained the CyanogenMod team.

However, Cyanogen has confirmed its shift to the next open-source project Lineage OS with some members of the original team carrying forward CM development in the new model.

“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.

“CM has served the community well over its 8 long years. It has been our home, bringing together friends from all over the world to celebrate our joy of building and giving. Its apt then that on this Eve of a holiday we pay our respects. We will take pride in our Lineage as we move forward and continue to build on its legacy,” added the team in blog post.

For developers interested in creating mods, the source code is still available on GitHub.

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