The Clear Linux OS project was created with the aspiration of being able to revise and adapt quickly. Most of the time we use this to incorporate security fixes and other improvements and roll them out to users quickly. For large content features, we do regular long term strategy reviews and align our resources with them - just as any good project would.
We’ve made significant changes to experiment and improve on the developer experience over the last 2 years or so. We are proud of the improvements we made to the developer experience, which was possible thanks to the input and support from our active community.
We made this effort based on the information we had a while back when we were looking forward. Today we’re looking forward again and see that things have changed for the Clear Linux OS team - we still want to attract developers but we are not as invested as we were in supporting a diverse and complex desktop environment, or even multiple desktop environments.
It is with that in mind that we’ve decided to streamline our content offerings with a bias to cloud and server use cases. We do find that it remains critical to developers that we offer actual optimized components unrelated to desktops - that is, cloud and server workloads. This is absolutely where things matter most - being able to develop, deploy and operate those workloads.
As for the specifics on what’s changing - we will announce these to our usual channels: the community forum and mailing list. This won’t happen overnight, we’ll likely take a few months. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.