So Long Neofetch and Thanks for the Info

May 01, 2024

Today is a day that every Linux user who enjoys bragging about their system(s) will mourn, as Neofetch has come to an end.

The developer, Dylan Araps, has officially archived the Neofetch GitHub repository, making it read-only. To make his point, he added a file in the root of his repository that includes the single line:
Have taken up farming.

This should come as no surprise. According to It's FOSS, the lead developer has gone AWOL before, such as 3 years ago when the development of k1ss Linux (Araps project at the time) declined dramatically.

It happens in the open-source community. Many of these projects are done on a volunteer basis and when time becomes a problem, they get set aside. But at the same time his development on k1ss Linux dropped off, Dylan went radio silent and no one could find him.

The good news is that the Neofetch code can still be cloned from GitHub (github clone Should another developer decide to fork the project, it's all there and hasn't been touched for 3 years.

My guess is that some open-source developer will take up the torch and bring this fan-favorite project back to life. If not, maybe another app will bubble up from the surface that allows Linux users to show their support for their favorite distribution and show off their systems.

Until then, we can only guess as to what hardware others are using and what distribution they've chosen as their default.

Farewell, Neofetch. It was fun while it lasted.


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