Not long ago, the lead developer of Linux Mint expressed his weariness and disappointment working on his operating system. It must not be easy to develop a great Linux distribution, with all that that means, and survive in a world where it is full of options. One of the problems may be a lack of free time, unless you get sponsorships that allow developers to work on your distribution full time. This is what happened to Antergos, an operating system that announced his farewell Yesterday.
As Antergos Linux Project explains, they released the first version of their operating system about seven years ago. His intention was to do a bit of what Ubuntu did with Debian: bring a great operating system to a greater number of people, in his case Arch Linux. And they succeeded. In 5 years, its operating system was downloaded almost 1 million times, which is not a small thing if we take into account, first, that it is Linux (a minority with respect to Windows or macOS) and, second, the number of versions of Linux desktop out there.
931.439 people downloaded Antergos in 5 years
But the development of Antergos was a hobby, which meant that he had to develop it in his spare time. In the absence of gaps in which to work in your operating system and thinking that they were not going to offer a good service, have decided to terminate the project. They also believe that now is a good time to abandon it, since the code still works and some other developer could take over and continue their work, something that they do not explain if they could do with the same name.
Users who are already using Antergos need not worry: their operating system will continue to update directly from Arch Linux. On the other hand, Antergos Linux Project will release an update that will remove its repositories from the system, as well as any other specific package of Antergos that will stop working in the future.
Without a doubt, this is a jug of cold water for Antergos users who must now pray that someone else will continue with the project or switch to Arch Linux. Are you one of them?