CopperheadOS May Be Shutting Down Amidst Internal Turmoil

CopperheadOS appears to be headed for a complete shutdown, following what appears to have been a breakdown in communication between lead members of the development team and the company's sole director and half-owner, James Donaldson. The security-focused ROM initially launched as an alternative to stock Android for Nexus, and later Pixel devices, back in early 2016. The company has remained relatively quiet since then but now one lead member of the development team has revealed what appears to be a message from Donaldson suggesting that himself and at least three others may have been fired. That's according to a Reddit post published presumably published by Daniel Micay, posting to Reddit under the handle "strncat." Donaldson's message doesn't go into any specifics but does state that the termination is linked to the developer and 50-percent co-owner's failure "to maintain the confidentiality of Company business." That would seem to imply that Micay and the others may have leaked company information without permission from the company but the message does not detail what that breach might have been or why Micay is being forced out. The termination does appear to be severance with pay, which is predicated on the stipulations of an employment agreement.

Donaldson appears to go further with his internal message, demanding that Micay provide access to all associated accounts and business-related materials. Moreover, Micay is told that he must cease use, reference, or publication of the company's name or logo. It's important to remember, of course, that the breadth of the problem is not at all clear at this juncture. The overall tone of the owner's message to the group appears to suggest that whatever did happen, the issue will not be reconciled. So it's unlikely at this point that any agreement will be reached for Micay to continue working on the Android-based project. If the ensuing conversations on the forums are any indication, the general consensus seems to be that could mean the end of CopperheadOS entirely - owing to the fact that he is the sole developer on the ROMs development.

On the other hand, there's no guarantee at this point that Donaldson won't be able to continue with another team of developers, either. However, a deeper look into the matter at the company's subreddit reveals that Micay may have deleted the signing keys required to release further CopperheadOS updates. So, if it does move forward, it will almost certainly be in an entirely new form when it does.

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