Closing Doors

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the closure of SolusOS. Simply put, there is no longer enough manpower to fulfil the vision. What began as a Debian derivative evolved into an independent distribution, without the large development team required to back such an effort.

I wish to extend my thanks to the SolusOS community for all their support throughout the lifetime of SolusOS, since its conception as a small Debian respin all the way through to today. I also wish to extend my thanks to DediServe for their continued support throughout our life.

It should be noted that the domain becomes available again in December, if anyone should wish to purchase the domain. All of the tools involved in creating SolusOS (regardless of their completion) will be uploaded to Github for historical reasons, and any remaining tools will be released (RepoHub, with all its problems) in order to assist the Pisi Linux project, because its nice to share :)

I will begin to shutdown the various SolusOS websites throughout the week, and for reasons involving Data Protection, I must destroy all databases that back publicly accessible services (such as the forums). I have absolutely no issue in anyone forking the base, work, projects or concepts of SolusOS, and in fact I highly encourage it. The SolusOS 2 rocket has failed to launch many times now, simply due to a vastly underpopulated development team of One.

I wish I had more time to work on SolusOS, however I already have a full time job. I already contribute to various open source projects via my job and this enables me to be a good FOSS citizen. I do not intend to disappear from the FOSS world, rather the opposite. Consider me a free agent in terms of advice and assistance. Instead of helping just one small project, I can now help many, and perhaps guide projects with more critical mass in a detached capacity.

It has been remarkable journey, especially to the few who remain from the early days. I take my hat off to you for enduring this journey, but I think we all knew that without any more developers ever contributing to SolusOS, it was a doomed journey. For those still wanting a Pisi based system, I would recommend taking a look at the Pisi Linux project. Perhaps you can influence them to look at things with a bit more of a SolusOS viewpoint :) You’ve all been there in various situations now, a young fledgeling project, a successful project, a controversial project.. the best thing would be to share the experience with others.

Lastly, I wish to say thank you to all. It’s been a fantastic journey, and none of it would have been possible without the community.