Jeff Hoogland, the lead developer of Bodhi Linux, said in a blog post on Friday that “for a variety of reasons,” he is stepping down from the leadership of his “labor of love.”
Bodhi Linux, based on Ubuntu, is a lightweight distro leveraging the Enlightenment Desktop. A note on the Bodhi Linux web page says, “We regret to inform you Bodhi Linux is no longer being maintained,” and has a link to Hoogland’s blog page.
“I have worked with dozens of different people over the course of the last few years. I have made friends and learned more than I could have ever imagined,” Hoogland said in his blog post.
Hoogland thanked the many supporters and users of Bodhi Linux and welcomed current Bodhi contributors to pick up the reins and continue maintaining the distro. He noted that the servers are paid up until April, 2015.
“[E]ven though I no longer have the bandwidth to actively develop Bodhi, I know many enjoy using the project,” he wrote. “So if you are reading this and have an interest in picking up where I am leaving off, please contact me. All Bodhi related code can be found on my GitHub page and I am more than happy to help guide you in the right direction with how things work as you are getting started.”
Bodhi is a popular distro, with many loyal followers who wouldn’t want to see the distro disappear. I was able to contact Hoogland and ask him if he thought someone would be found to carry on.
“I am hoping so,” he replied. “I’ve already had contact with at least one person who might be interested in taking over. Hopefully more than one person becomes interested so they can share/split the things I was doing. Many hands make for light work as they say.”
Hoogland indicated to me that he has no intention of abandoning FOSS, but that he wants “to start devoting my PC time to other pursuits.” When asked about those “other pursuits,” he replied, “I want to learn more practical Python applications. It has been my preferred language for developing both tools for Bodhi and personal things in the past. I am hoping to gain some more expertise with the language so I can pick up some more freelance work eventually.”
Hoogland, currently a member of the adjunct faculty teaching mathematics at ITT Technical Institute in Springfield, Illinois, started Bodhi nearly four years ago during his senior year of undergraduate study. He continued to guide the project through graduate school, multiple home moves and now with parenthood.
In wrapping up his blog post, Hoogland said “I’d like to close with saying thanks to the Bodhi and open source community as a whole. In general you have been very supportive of the small project I started to Enlighten the world.”