Ikey Doherty, hands over the development and reins of Solus to the community


After being mysteriously absent since this summer, Ikey Doherty has announced that he is putting the project in the hands of his collaborators "immediately and permanently".

Solus, the promising GNU / Linux distribution created from scratch in 2015, has been without the involvement of its founder, Ikey Doherty since this summer.

Solus is an independent operating system based on the Linux Kernel which was created as a successor to Solus OS and Evolveos, both being earlier creations of Ikey Doherty.

Today this system is offered in the rolling release model and implements a new package manager based on PiSi, called eopkg.

Now Ikey Doherty, the founder of the Solus project, distribution of the same name and the Budgie environment, published an open letter, where he basically says goodbye to the community and passes his powers to the development team.

Ikey doherty was a contributor to Linux Mint, later founder of the Solus OS distribution, which he ended up abandoning to focus on Evolve OS, where the Budgie desktop came from, and is once again saying goodbye to Solus.

He left Intel last year to work full-time at Solus, but then suddenly he disappeared from the project.

Ikey Doherty leaves the reins of Solus

But, while the circumstances that led to that absence remain unclear (even more strange considering that last year he left his position at Intel to dedicate himself 100% to developing Solus), Ikey doherty has confirmed in an open letter that he is well.

In the letter, which was not published on the official Solus site, Ikey Doherty says that he appreciates his team, and is very proud of them and sure they are the right people to continue with the project.

Ikey doherty also transfers "all intellectual property rights, names and brands related to the property of Solus to their collective, with immediate and permanent effect, recognizing them as official owners and project leaders ”.

In the letter there are many other explanations for topics that enter more into personal relationships than in the development of the project, but the truth is that its result does not vary: Doherty is leaving the project.


Ikey Doherty's letter

I would like to start by thanking the Solus team for all their hard work and passion over the years. In response to your recent blog post, I by no means see what they have done as a 'hostile takeover', rather a natural evolution of the project ...

I applaud their efforts in these difficult times, and I can't wait to see where they will go next. Solus is a project that will outlive us all, a tribute to immortal status built through passion and friendship ...

As a final request to the Solus team, from one who considers himself a friend, I ask that you stand firm in your cause and rise above the toxicity and politics that plague the Linux desktop world, to remain a bright beacon of hope, an example of how open source should be….

For this reason, I happily condoned their leadership of the project, and I assign all intellectual property rights, names and brands related to the Solus property to their collective with immediate and permanent effect, recognizing them as official owners and leaders of the project.

solus, it was sustained by community developers who were involved and enthusiastic about this desktop-oriented layout.

They have had some challenges since leaving, but they are working that out so the project can live on its own.

However, you are unlikely to seek a personal project involvement of any description; As a new parent, I should plan to be a parent to my child and support my family through work, rather than parent my work and trust my family to support me.

Regardless of the farewell and everything else, Solus recently released its latest version-fact stemming from this situation, apologizing for one of the project's most ambitious plans that was scrapped: moving the GNOME / GTK Budgie desktop environment to Qt.

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  1.   mcx said

    Thanks for the info. I recommend that you study a little grammar so that what you report is not ruined by such rude mistakes.

  2.   Andreale Dicam said

    It is absolutely irresponsible. And what happened to the bank account where he received almost $ 3.000 a month in donations? that the Solus development team asked you to unlock by sharing the administrative rights of the Patreon account and you never responded? Leaving the two remaining developers with dead loads to lift from one moment to another such as the rent of servers among others.

    And he came out with the story that he wanted to learn to play the guitar and finish acquiring the license for his truck, now he says it is his paternity. Regardless of his new personal roles that are totally respectable, he had to make the migration correctly, so that before leaving he would gather everyone, delegate responsibilities and draw public routes for the project so that what was seen today would not happen: a fall Disruptive in popularity of the distribution, causing hundreds of disenchanted users and donors to migrate to other platforms.

    A programmer with exceptional gifts, who, starting from scratch, managed to write a complete Operating System and in his best days he got to put it among the 5 most famous GNU / Linux distributions in the world. Quite a clown with sawdust on his head.

    The truth of the matter is that Mr Doherty forever buried his prestige in the GNU / Linux world, they will never believe him again. Brave who have run with the responsibility of keeping the project empty-handed and from one moment to the next. What's more, they recently released version 10.5 of the Budgie desktop with new rewritten Applets and fixes everywhere.