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Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:24 pm
by Toady
Hello, Everyone

When cyberfox started way back in late 2012 there was no foresight as to what it would become today as back then it was a small project for a personal
few to overcome short comings of Firefox, It was released publicly and oddly grew rather steadily beyond what i had imagined for the project. Eventually
getting its own dedicated website and support system the Cyberfox project really started to take off and with it the amount of time and dedication the
project needed to keep going in the direction it was heading. Cost also increased as the project grew and a shared resource system with sourceforge
for open source applications saved so much in terms of CDN costs.

We well, i never wanted money and was not money driven by this project, never receiving any form of money from the project out of principle that
monetizing off of others hard work who contributed to the browsers code didn't feel right in any way. So cyberfox has being funded out of my personal
pocket this whole time, the website and has a few ad's that were never forced and hardly noticed, these
ad's were added to help generate a small income to combat growing server cost, these ad's were ever very ineffective though helped even with the little
they made. Recently with the deployment of the new internal update system traffic during updates has dropped off by about 80% to the website zeroing
out the ad's generation. This really is not an issue at all as its shown we have made updating much easier for the users which is worth far more.

Over the years the Cyberfox project has grown immensely and its thanks to all the amazing support of our users and has been an amazing couple of
years this however has demanded far more of my time causing me to drop allot of projects and passions id like to pursue, the time factor this project
has demanded has also take a toll lifestyle wise as have the changes made by Mozilla requiring more and more time to maintain so its come to a point
where i recently had to assess the direction of this project and the direction i wish to head for the future. This has being no easy choice and the last
few months allot of thinking about the direction of this project has taken place.

This project has been amazing no one could ask for a better project or community sadly as much as i love this project my heart is no longer fully in it,
dreams of pursuing game development were pushed aside and lifestyle steadily declined ultimately slowly coming to this point where changes and
choices have to be made ones that will affect this project and the future of what i have spent all these years building.

What does this mean, whats going to happen to cyberfox. Well Cyberfox 52.0 lands with some large changes dropping support for Windows Vista and
switches over to the Firefox 52.0 ESR branch, this means cyberfox will only receive security updates for the next 12 months and no longer be on the
rapid release schedule, this reduces the browsers maintenance level greatly why is this important, this allows for lifestyle changes and a chance to
pursue the other directions that were put on hold for the Cyberfox project, how do these changes affect cyberfox well unless certain lifestyle changes
are made being able to work on the project would become very limited causing a quick end to the project. These other avenues that are being pursued
are in another development direction and that direction is making paid or applications that generate a revenue source. Sadly funds for the Cyberfox
project are extremely strained and with my current stance on making any form of money from the browser project being as they are, the remainder
of the projects funding will end quickly with the coming changes needed to sustain the project at its rapid growth rate. Very large support
requirement with large amounts everyday in handling user support VIA emails and forums while email support still being the largest requiring
average 3-6hrs per day 7 days a week most of which if checked the FAQ or read release notes or searched for the answer would drop this by
half instantly sadly.

Your probably thinking if you need money for the project why not change your stances the quick answer is no, this will never happen in addition to this
with lifestyle and wanting to continue the project and direction before Cyberfox was born. Even with funding other factors are at play that need to be
addressed first. This project has grown far beyond anything i could have imagined and its been a very hard choice to make but one that sadly was
needed. So in short for the next 12 months cyberfox will be on the ESR time line getting security updates at the end of which will likely be the EOL
(End of life) now that is a long time and factors may change lifestyle wise that will allow the project to continue after the 12 months but at this stage
its (EOL) at the end of the ESR Cycle, now this does not stop anyone from taking the cyberfox source code and re branding it as sadly can't use
our name or trademarks and a 3rd party can take over where we left off.

We thank you greatly for all your support this is a sad choice but one that couldn't be avoided. This has been a very hard choice to make but lifestyle and
future direction changes needed to be made most importantly are the lifestyle changes. Cyberfox is still going to be as great as ever for the ESR cycle.

What does this mean as a Cyberfox user, this means in 12 months you will likely have to find another browser but there still remains an uncertainty that
the browser could continue past this point with a new lease of life but at this stage consider it 12 months to EOL (End of life). Sorry for such a long post
but i felt you all deserved a good explanation about whats happening for the browsers future and its current direction.

**Clarification** on main reason: The largest factor was lifestyle a nicer way of saying health issues without making it to personalized

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:58 pm
by 4th time registered
Well hell, that truly does suck.

Thank you for all that you've done, but a man has to do what he feels best.

Thanks for the memories....

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:17 am
by clriis
This is so sad.

I really hope somebody is able to continue where you have left, you have done an amazing job

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:19 am
by nitroFX
That is deep health is important sad to see 2018 might be no more cyberfox. thanks today from 2013 cyberfox was my daily browser

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:49 am
by VampireLestat
Also Mozilla has largely to be blamed. They basically take away everything which enables Cyberfox to stay Cyberfox. Developing your own tool if you will lose everything is for sure no fun stuff.

Too bad that you have decided to let that terrible guys from Mozilla win. In their quest to destroy every single bit of what made Firefox unique to create the perfect Chrome replacement browser which should of course attract... Chrome users they are already and will destroy also most projects which are based on Firefox code.

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:12 am
by milesxaheadx
This sucks big time for us users, but it's completely understandable. Best of luck on all your future endeavors, we'll miss ya.

So long and thanks for all the fish!

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:31 am
by hawkeye116477
clriis wrote:This is so sad.

I really hope somebody is able to continue where you have left, you have done an amazing job
I hope too. Fortunately, at least for now, there are 2 alternatives - Waterfox and Pale Moon... . I hope that Waterfox and Pale Moon do not drop out.

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:38 am
by Toady
Thank you everyone for your responses, just to reiterate on the main reason which was updated in the main post, also its not set 100% in stone
12 months is a long time and changes may occur that allow the project to continue though at this stage based on current circumstances it will
EOL at the end of the ESR cycle. There are still updates right to the end of the ESR in 2018.

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:03 am
by Cipher
Your health and well being outweighs anything else - this is absolutely paramount.

Thankyou x100 for all the time and effort you have put into the Cyberfox project, it has been one of last lines of sanity when dealing with the evolving behemoth that is Firefox and it`s mutation into a browser I don`t - and don`t want to - recognise.

I for one will certainly continue to use Cyberfox 52 for as long as it is possible and feasible.

With a twinge of sadness but still a very positive outlook, again I say Thankyou !

Re: Cyberfox and its future direction

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:40 am
by eXeToR
I always thought this could happen, at the moment i'm just sad :cry:. It's a lot of work for one person only, i think you should have brought some people on board to help you out. I want to thank you for your hard work & dedication on this project, i wish you good luck for the future & i hope you get better healthwise. If someone knows some good alternatives i would like to hear them, i've to plan something upfront if this project is discontinued.

Kind regards, eXeToR