Cyanogen Inc. announced Thursday that it is shutting down all its services. Now, CyanogenMod — a team of developers who relied on Cyanogen Inc. for monetary support and shared source base — has announced that it is also shutting down.
In a post titled “A fork in the road” on its website, CyanogenMod said Saturday that with the Cyanogen shutdown, the CyanogenMod community had “lost its voice.”
The CyanogenMod team, however, is making efforts to salvage the CyanogenMod source code. Explaining what it meant by “fork,” CyanogenMod said in its post:
“Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CyanogenMod 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 CyanogenMod while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently.”
But all is not lost — the CyanogenMod team is working on a Lineage open source OS, which will use the CyanogenMod source code. According to the post, CyanogenMod is going back to the community of developers where it originated from.
A new website has come up for the Lineage OS, which says that “LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was. To quote Andy Rubin, this is the definition of open. A company pulling their support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die.”
For developers interested in creating mods, the source code is still available on GitHub.