It is with deep regret that we are announcing that the Manjaro-Arm team is shutting down. I started this project a little over a year ago with no intent to become the sole maintainer. My idea and goal was to start up the project and allow for people to take over and make this mainly a community driven distro. In the past year, I have had several offers of help and have received loads of help from several people however, nothing has been consistent and nobody has stepped forward to aid in building or maintaining. As much as I wanted to see this project take off, it just does not have the user base that we had hoped for.
As some of you know, Strit has provided so much to help the project and as such he has become an honorary project leader whether he wanted to or not. We conferred on many decisions and this one is not an exception. Both Strit and I are using our own resources to provide everything you see here and it comes at a cost. Our families, careers, and time are all being sacrificed and at the current state, that sacrifice is not worth the result. We wanted to provide an easy to use and easy to setup distro for your ARM boards and I think we succeeded in that regard but the only problem is, we are doing alot of work for just a handful of users. We appreciate every user we have but we just can not continue. It has been a rewarding experience and I do not regret trying to get this started.
It is important to note that, neither I nor Strit are completely finished with everything Manjaro-Arm. We will not provide any more releases and we will not be updating any more manjaro-arm specific packages. This website, the forums, and repos will remain active for some time. Read below for the time frame on those. If someone or a group of people would like to step forward and take over the project, please let me know. I own this domain for a year and the hosting of the site and repos will not go anywhere anytime soon if the project continues through someone else. I will gladly share any build notes that I have and even take the time to walk someone though every single procedure that we have for current maintaining. Even if you dont know much about how all of this works, I can break it down and teach. If it gains traction, I can still provide the hosting space and website admin (at a basic level) to help take some load off the next person.
I would of course like to thank all the people that supported us in the last year and the sponsorships we have graciously received. Linode and Digital Ocean for helping us with server space to start out, Oregon State University for providing us a rock solid repo mirror for the past few months, and Strit for becoming more than a friend and helping though every process along the way. Without any of these people, none of this would have even gotten started.
Ultimately I hope that this is not the end of Manjaro-Arm, I would llike to see it continue and I would love to be a PART of it moving forward but without a community behind it right now, it is time we must say goodbye.
Services shut down timeframe:
All development and Bug fixes -- Already shut down.
Package Building -- Already shut down
Package Adding -- April 1st
Releases -- Already Shut down
Wiki -- April 1st
Bug Tracker -- April 1st
Manjaro-Arm Website -- June 1st
Manjaro-Arm Forums -- June 1st
IRC Channel -- TBD
Manjaro-arm.org Repo -- Already Shutdown(this is only for the main repo at repo.manjaro-arm.org the other repos/mirrors are still available and will continue to be updated until May 1st.)
Thanks for everything,
--dodgejcr and the Manjaro-Arm Team
***EDIT: Currently there are discussions happening in an attempt to continue Manjaro-Arm through a group of people that would have more time than I. Nothing is final however, we will continue these discussions until a resolve can be found.It is important to note that even though the Project will be shutting down, I will not delete anything and all the work that we did will remain on local backups until needed again.