Cyanogen Inc. was the backbone of the popular custom ROM we have all come to love, CyanogenMod. Since the announcement in their blog post, Cyanogen has announced that all Cyanogen services, supported nightlies will be discontinued no sooner than 31 December, 2016.
The Future of CyanogenMod
After Cyanogen’s announcement of their blog, many people were confused and could not reach a proper conclusion on what would happen. A good bunch of people were optimistic for thinking CyanogenMod would remain unaffected and would continue to live on. Unfortunately, that is not the case as CyanogenMod cleared the confusion in a blog post.
This means that all financial support from Cyanogen Inc to CyanogenMod will be cut off. This means the CyanogenMod team will no longer receive funding for the servers and for maintaining the Nightly builds after 31st December. CyanogenMod will no longer continue official development as Cyanogen Inc owns the brand name. To avoid legal trouble, they’re cutting ties with Cyanogen Inc completely and look to independently continue. The team will rebrand as LineageOS. Information about LineageOS is still vague, but rumours suggest that it hopes to revitalize community driven effort that made CyanogenMod great.
It is sad to see CyanogenMod go. CyanogenMod had been my first foray into customizing Android devices and others can relate to it too. Users looking for a stable (snapshot) Custom builds for device will be disheartened as CM supported a huge array of devices.
The members of the CyanogenMod team have come together to continue the work under the brand LineageOS. it aims to strive for the same cause as CyanogenMod, but under a different name.
The LineageOS website has gone live, but as of now, information is scarce and the website states that:
So, yes, this is us. 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.
We can only hope that development will continue for devices and LineageOS will find a plan to support their cause.