The CyanogenMod was undoubtedly the biggest and most widely used custom rom out there But now it’s time for Lineage OS.
It was developed as free and open source software based on the official releases of Android by Google, with added original and third-party code, and based on a rolling release development model.
Recently, due to internal conflicts within the Cyanogen Inc, they decided to shut down their services and nightly software builds from December 31 onwards.
The news was announced in a brief blog post on December 23rd
“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 means, users on current stable/nightly build of Cyanogen OS or CyanogenMod OS will no longer get official support and have to move to some other custom rom for future updates. However, the source code for the CyanogenMod project remains online and open for anyone who wants to take up the project or fork it to build their own versions.
Apparently, Some of the original CyanogenMod team announced that they’ll continue their work for community-created Android device ROMs under a new banner, Lineage OS. (Expected a better name though. Not saying its horrible)
Lineage OS will be a fork from Cyanogenmod. Its being created by many of the same developers who worked on CyanogenMod. So basically it will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was.
It is been said that the current project nickname is “Laos” or LAOS, standing for Lineage Android Operating System. The title on the page is Lineage Android Distribution’. The repo seems very active, and it does have lot of code from CyanogenMod base.
Here is a peek of the website. Nothing much is out there at the moment though. Link is provided at the end of the post.
“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.”
As the developers working on the project are same, so you can expect the thing to be very much similar to what you are used to in terms of features and design. And its final version will likely be close to as stable as possible.
(Logo Source: Github)
The team has also set up the “new Lineage OS Gerrit tracker”. Gerrit allows developers to announce and discuss changes they plan to make to the code base. This won’t be useful to the casual user, but it’s a good sign of progress that the tracker is already up and running.
The success of the project will totally depend on how much support it will receive from the community.
Unfortunately that’s all we know right now. Cyanogen has made the decision very suddenly. So it will definitely take some time for the developers to adopt to the new Linage OS environment. Until it is released, the developer community will remain stuck in a bit of limbo.
If you’d like to join the legions of developers, maintainers, and users that will (hopefully) form the new community, here are a few websites and social networking accounts that you should visit.
Website: Lineage OS Official website
Facebook: Lineage Android
Twitter: Lineage Android