The thing about Linux is that anyone can model it to their choice, this has led to many users/teams creating their own customized distributions. Since there is no fully-fledged organization behind them, some of them are not able to sustain development. This may lead to the discontinuation of the project. So here in this article, let us have a look at some Linux distributions that discontinued unexpectedly.
Fuduntu was based on Fedora and created in 2010. It somewhere filled the niche between Fedora and Ubuntu, hence the name. After a year of development, Fuduntu was forked directly from Fedora. It had some packages not officially in fedora, therefore it was no longer considered a spin-off. Fuduntu gained popularity among many users.
However, in April 2013, it was decided that the team couldn’t continue development and they decided to move to a newer project called the CloverLeaf, based on OpenSuse. But they stopped development on that too. All of this ended with their news blog going down and this marked the death of Fuduntu.
Apricity was one of the most famous Arch based distros. Apricity was very famous among arch newbies who wanted to use the arch in a simpler way. The UI was the best part of Apricity with a mix of Cinnamon and Gnome.
It was in beta for some time but in its first year of stable releases, it got shelved. The main reason behind Apricity OS’s sudden end was cited insufficient time. Here is a quote from the website’s page.
Like all good things, Apricity OS must come to an end. It has been our privilege to develop the operating system, and to be a part of a community as great as our own. But unfortunately, we no longer have time for its required upkeep. We hope that your time using our operating system has been enjoyable, and that you continue to explore using Linux in the future. You all, our users, have made this experience incredible for us, and we cannot thank you enough for the support.
Backtrack was truly the first choice for security testers all over the world. Based on Knoppix OS, backtrack project started in 2006 and released its last offering the Backtrack r5 in 2012.
The backtrack project had to be shut down and moved to the Kali Linux project. This happened because the team wanted a strong and rolling base to work on. The work on Backtrack was stopped and the newer Kali OS based on Debian was launched in 2013. Since many users heavily relied on Backtrack, making the switch was not easy.
Originally known as Chromixium OS, Cub Linux was an attempt bringing the desktop functionalities of the Chrome OS by Google. Due to requests from Google to rename the project to avoid confusions, it was later renamed to Cub Linux. Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the distro used various tools from LXDE, Gnome, XFCE and many others for customizing its desktop.
At the end of 2016, the official website for Cub Linux disappeared mysteriously. There has been no announcement at all after that.
Feather was based on Knoppix and was an extremely light operating system similar to DSL(Damn Small Linux). The system could run entirely on ram due to its size which was 64MB only.
The most recent release from Feather Linux is from April 2007. According to Distrowatch, Feather Linux is officially dead.
A lot of famous distributions have stopped development due to low funding or lack of manpower. Some of these get picked by other teams that want to continue the project, but mostly it is a dead end.