- Created on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 21:26
it’s been a while… A long while... We feel it’s time to shed light on what happened, what is happening, and what will be happening with Slim.
First things first. We are not dead. Well, technically we were... but we’re back. So I guess we’re #SlimZombie now ;)
Where did you go?????
Technically, we didn't go anywhere. We've been working hard behind the scenes, we just haven't been posting much, be it updates on what was going on, or builds (which was delegated to our device maintainers as a temporary measure).
Our issues began when one of our team left quite suddenly. Back in the day, we were really small, so everything was paid through one individual. As we expanded, we didn't think anything of it. When this person left, we realised how much responsibility and power this meant, since we had just lost control of all our servers, as well as all the funding for them.
So we decided to become a legal entity, so that we weren't reliant on an individual, and so that an individual was not being affected by paying however much we pay per month out of their personal bank account.
We want to make this clear, we have no intention of making money out of this. Anything that we do, we do it to make the community a better place.
Since we had a few members from Germany in the core team back then, we decided to become an e.V, or eingetragener Verein (registered association). This was going well, until our beloved lead, Kufikugel, had to step away suddenly due to personal reasons.
We won’t go into details here, since it touches on personal matters of several of our team members. Our servers ended up getting shut down for a week due to the e.V process taking longer than expected. This is one of the reasons why we said not to use the old site anymore. The end result was, we were locked out of all the current systems.
As it is with life, by making mistakes you have the potential to learn. We made plenty of mistakes, and we have learned a lot. Thank you to those who have helped us through this rough time.
So what’s happening now?
SlimRoms is now a registered LTD in the UK. You can find the legal documents here. This does not mean we are abandoning the community, nor do we care about making money. Any surplus money will go towards making the experience for the community better, be it funding device maintainers, better servers, or even giveaways. Who knows, the potential for helping the community is limitless.
We have five directors, and six shareholders, all are at the heart of the team. These people will make the final decisions for Slim. However, we will always listen to and respect the voice of the community, as well as the rest of the team.
Our old Gerrit will be taken down, and our new Gerrit will be moved over to that server, as it is better suited to managing the monstrosity that Google has made. Everything important has already been migrated to the new Gerrit.
The old site will remain open until the new site is finished. Since we don’t have any dedicated front end web developers on the team, help here will be much appreciated.
The forum will be taken down as soon as possible, and there are no plans to bring it back. We recommend people to stick with XDA. We have our own area there.
As for the files, one of our infrastructure devs have been through all of them. We deem them safe to download again however Because of their age, they are susceptible to some known exploits in Android, so we recommend you get the latest version from your device maintainer until the new official builds go up. As a result, the old downloads will not be added to the new download system.
When will builds be going up?
Sorry, but it’s gonna be a #Soon.
We are aiming for as soon as possible. Our developers are working hard to get everything perfect, as we will only have time to do one stable build before M hits. Even if we miss it, there will be a stable build for SlimLP, so don’t worry.
New features are also in the works, though we have no prediction for when they might be done.
What are your aims?
We give great pleasure in saying that Slim will be one of the teams taking part in the project that Bitsyko recently spoke about. The aim is to pool our resources together, and bring up a common base for hardware that other roms can use to get a stable base.
We also have some, to say the least, interesting projects on the way to make life easier for our team. The plan is to open bits of our infrastructure up to the general community as well. What’s the use in writing your own technology if you’re just going to keep it to yourself? ;)
- Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:12
As we mentioned couple weeks ago, we're working on SlimLP and already added some of our features e.g. Slim heads up, privacy guard, slim dialer, lockscreen shortcuts and much more. With the steady progress of SlimLP and current stability of Slimkat we decided to go for Slimkat stable 9 next week. With that being said we'll take the week off for testing purposes so no release this week, hope you have a great week and remember to keep it slim.
- Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 07:11
We have officially moved all translations back to crowdin. What does that mean?
- Easier way for users to translate SlimRoms to their language with a slight to no learning curve.
- We won’t accept new translations on Gerrit. All the translations must be made through crowdin.
Before users had to
- Have Git.
- Clone the repo in question.
- Do the changes, commit and push them to our Gerrit.
- Add someone from the team to review and merge the translations.
Our crowdin project: https://crowdin.com/project/slimroms
Quick guide on how to use crowdin to translate here: https://crowdin.com/page/quick-start
- Created on Saturday, 06 December 2014 19:56
SlimRoms meets lollipop
As some of you already know we extended Slimkat weeklies to make them as stable as possible but that doesn't mean we're neglecting lollipop. We are already working on lollipop and pushed multiple alpha builds for both nexus 5 and 4 with some of our added features like privacy guard, sounds tweaks, status bar tweaks and much more. It's been decided that the new version of Slim + lollipop will be called SlimLP. We would like to thank for the great work on the new boot animation. Stay tuned for more SlimLP news :)
- Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 09:17
We cannot start working on the "L" release announced at Google I/O. Even if the factory images are released. Images aren't the same as source code...which is what SlimROMS (and any other AOSP-based rom) needs to make magic happen. Sorry for the inconvenience. Trust us, we're just as excited to play around with "L" as you are. But from the sounds of it so far: the source code and actual release date aren't coming anytime soon. Until then...we'll continue to put out our best efforts on the still-current version of Android - KitKat 4.4.4.