All open source projects are subject to a lifecycle and can become less active for a number of reasons. Inside CNCF, projects are expected to to maintain a number of requirements, and if these are not met, a proposal can be submitted to the TOC to archive a project.
Once a project is archived:
- CNCF will no longer provide full services for the project, except transition services such as documentation updates to help transition users.
- Trademarks of archived projects are still hosted neutrally by the Linux Foundation.
- CNCF marketing and event activities will no longer be provided for the project.
Any project that has been archived can be reactivated into CNCF through the normal project proposal process. The archived project will be hosted under the Linux Foundation, and maintainers are welcome to continue working on the project if they wish to do so.
Learn more about the CNCF archiving process.