“What started as a summer pastime seven years ago, quickly turned into an amazing Linux distribution,” begins the farewell note that the main developers of Antergos have published on the official blog of the project.
“Our goal was to make Arch Linux available to a wider audience by providing a simplified and easy-to-use experience,” they continue, and boy did they succeed. It is not for nothing that we call it the “Arch Linux for human beings”: Antergos is still the simplest and fastest way to install Arch Linux, with an Ubuntu-style system installer and with a result that in practice, except for details, is pure Arch Linux.
But that summer pastime that for seven years has grown and developed so positively, has come to an end for the most common reason in these cases: lack of time of those responsible to continue maintaining the project with the corresponding quality. After a few months of minimal activity, they make this decision “because we believe that continuing to neglect the project would be a great detriment to the community,” they point out.
“Taking this action now, while the project code is still working, provides an opportunity for interested developers to take what they find useful and start their own projects.” They refer, for example, to the Cnchi system installer, one of his most interesting contributions, but not the only one. We will see if someone takes over their development or they are forgotten, because the truth is that there are alternatives.
What about current Antergos users? As always, updates will continue to arrive directly from the Arch Linux repositories and as far as the distribution’s own repository is concerned, a separate update will be released to remove it “along with any Antergos-specific packages that no longer have a purpose. Once it is complete, all packages installed from the Antergos repository that are in AUR will start receiving updates from there.”
For the rest, the project’s resources, such as the forums and the wiki, will be progressively dismantled until everything disappears.
“We want to thank you for all your support over the years,” the Antergos developers say goodbye. And what can we say, except to thank them back for a job well done. I myself have an active Antergos installation at the moment and it’s going smoothly. So long, Antergos!