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Lessons from the rise and fall of an open source project

Paul Rubens | Feb. 9, 2017
The story of the CyanogenMod mobile firmware project perfectly illustrates the opportunities and perils presented by the open source software model.

What does the LineageOS project hope to achieve by continuing the CyanogenMod work? It's hard to say for sure as a request for information received no response at the time of writing.

One problem that the LineageOS may face is that CyanogenMod was a very complex project, and one that had the benefit of at least a proportion of the estimated $100 million in venture funding. That means that it may struggle unless it finds a commercial organization to sponsor it, says Greg Soper, CEO of SalesAgility, a company that backs the SuiteCRM open source project. "You need expertise, and the will and desire to continue a project (after it is abandoned)," says Soper. "But can a project like LineageOS continue without a commercial organization to help develop it? I have my doubts. I think that the LineageOS project may wither on the vine unless people put money into it."

Can a project like Lineage survive and thrive with nothing more than a dedicated community of enthusiasts? Time will tell.

 

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