The KDE Improv Project Has Announced Its End
The team behind the KDE Improv ARM development board that was supposed to run Mer and be a great open-source piece of hardware is no more. The developers have sent out an email to their backers that they've thrown in the towel.
For months we have been reporting on the dire situation of the Improv board as there was little official communication to their backers. The poor turnout of the Improv led to a ton of in-fighting and disgruntled open-source/Linux stakeholders.
Carl Symons on the behalf of Aaron Seigo and the rest of the Improv crew have sent out an email to the backers saying the project is over, they will issue partial refunds, etc. It's only a partial refund right now as they had already invested some money into buying long lead times with their Chinese manufacturer. There were also credit card processing fees, etc, but they're working out a path for full reimbursement. It's also said Aaron invested $200k USD into the project.
Embedded below is the full email that was sent to the Improv backers.
With much regret, we are wrapping up the Improv project.
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