After Cyanogen OS, Cyanogen ends CyanogenMod as well, LineageOS will carry the legacy

December 31, will bid farewell to Cyanogen’s ambitious but riddled with managerial missteps venture, Cyanogen OS. But that is not all that will be going down with the startup’s ambitious dream. In an update, Cyanogen confirmed that the king of custom roms, Cyanogenmod will cease to exist as it is and the nightly builds will no longer be available starting next year. 


This puts some hurdles in front of the community-driven CM that can’t be jumped while holding on to the legacy name and structure. Nobody is at the helm to direct the way forward and the very name Cyanogen itself is available to the right bidder. CyanogenMod is depended on Cyanogen Inc, servers and infrastructure are going to soon disappear. A void at the very top isn’t going to work.

However, 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 – back when it was Kondik in his home, to the now thousands of contributors past and present.

While Cyanogen Inc isn’t closing up shop just yet, the company is shifting its focus from building operating systems to building software that can work with phones running any version of Android.

Steve Kondik, meanwhile, has left the company and returned to the volunteer-driven work of developing the custom ROM that will now be known as Lineage.

Lineage Android will use everything that CM has made to build a better grassroots alternative to the software from phone manufacturers. Even more important than the code and assorted software eight years of CM has built is the spirit of people who want to make something different and better. And it lives on under a new name with a new future.

Here’s what you need to know (via xda) :

All monetary and infrastructural support for CyanogenMod from Cyanogen Inc. will cease. This includes paid developers contributing code to the open source project as well as nightly build servers. As such, CyanogenMod will no longer receive nightly builds after December 31st. But wait, what if the team simply finds another host to build nightlies?

The CyanogenMod team will not continue official development on the project. Cyanogen Inc. owns the rights to the brand, so the CyanogenMod team has decided that it is no longer worth continuing development for the open source distribution without monetary or infrastructural support. In addition, even if the team were to find an alternative revenue stream (perhaps via donations), the trouble isn’t worth it due to the potential legal issues that could be involved if Cyanogen Inc., and all brands that the company owns including CyanogenMod, were to be sold to another company. Plus, the team argues that the CyanogenMod brand has been tainted due to its association with Cyanogen, so new users may be wary of installing CyanogenMod.

However, CyanogenMod will rebrand as LineageOS. We’ve been hearing of this project behind the scenes for the past few weeks, but now we have official confirmation regarding its purpose. This effort, presumably run by Steve Kondik himself, is hoping to revitalize what made CyanogenMod so great – a grassroots, community-driven effort at an Android distribution. We don’t know if LineageOS will take off, but it’s conceivable that if it does, the team could find a build server and set everything up to mimic the old CyanogenMod infrastructure – the end result of which would mean that little would change for the end user.

Cyanogen Inc. is not shutting down – at least not yet. This was made clear in the earlier blog post, but I’ve seen some confusion regarding the news that warranted some clarification. The company is downsizing and will focus on a new project (the “Cyanogen Modular OS” program), and they are merely cutting off services that they believe they can no longer maintain.


In the short term, don’t expect nightly builds of Lineage any time soon. Cyanogen Inc is shutting down the build server that the group had been using and ending all monetary support, which means nobody’s being paid to work on CyanogenMod anymore… or the fork that’s now known as Lineage (or maybe LineageOS).

CyanogenMod embodied the spirit of what Android is about – the users, the builders, the dreamers – and we’re losing a small part of that today. What do you think? Express your interesting thoughts in the comments below.

Source : CyanogenMod

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