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Farewell to JetPorch Automation

Michael DeHaan’s Open Source Journey

Explore the discontinuation of the Jet project by Michael DeHaan, his heartfelt decision, and its impact on the open-source community. Learn about Jet innovative approach and plans for preserving its code and documentation.
January 19, 2024
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In the ever-evolving world of open-source software, projects come and go, driven by the passion and dedication of their creators. One such project, Jet, had been quietly making waves in the IT community until its recent discontinuation. Michael DeHaan, the mind behind Jet, recently shared his decision to step away from the project in a heartfelt post on Jetporch. In this article, we’ll explore Michael’s decision and its implications for the open-source community.

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Jet, a project designed to simplify IT management, garnered attention for its innovative approach and user-friendly module system. Michael expressed his gratitude to the community for their interest, patches, and discussions around the project. However, he revealed that he had decided to discontinue work on Jet, citing a lack of outward excitement as the primary reason.

Michael’s post

In his candid post, Michael explained that the absence of personal IT management needs and the dwindling stimulation from the project had led him to explore new endeavors. He emphasized his desire to engage in projects that genuinely excited him, a sentiment many open-source enthusiasts can relate to.

While this announcement may come as a disappointment to some, Michael offered a glimmer of hope for Jet’s users. He reassured the community that the project’s code and documentation would remain accessible. He outlined his plans for the project’s decommissioning:

  1. The Jet Discord server has been set to read-only mode and may eventually disappear.
  2. Sourcehut hosting, where Jet was hosted, will go offline in January, with only the GitHub mirror remaining.
  3. The documentation site will be taken down, but the GitHub organization mirror of the docs will become publicly available in markdown format.
  4. The GitHub organization will host all the documentation, allowing users to access the resources even after the website is taken down.

Michael stressed that GitHub would serve as a backup, ensuring that no code or documentation would be deleted from the web. Users are encouraged to fork the code and documentation, preserving their own copies for future reference or modifications.

It’s important to note that Michael has chosen not to endorse any particular successor fork, as he believes the codebase is manageable by any organization interested in continuing the technology.


In closing, Michael expressed his gratitude and wished the community a Happy Holidays, leaving the door open for future endeavors and potential collaborations in different domains.

The discontinuation of Jet serves as a reminder of the ever-shifting landscape of open-source software. While one project may come to a close, the spirit of open-source collaboration remains vibrant, with new opportunities for innovation and community-driven projects on the horizon. Michael DeHaan’s journey with Jet is a testament to the passion and dedication that drive open-source creators and users worldwide, and his legacy will undoubtedly live on in the projects and collaborations that lie ahead.

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