As you probably have already heard, the eol (End of life) for “Magento 1” is set to June 2020. (as announced here: https://magento.com/blog/magento-news/supporting-magento-1-through-june-2020 )
Already some time ago the OpenMage Project was started, to improve the bugfix situation for Magento 1, as even when a fix was already provided, they were often not integrated into official versions even years later. (this changed with Magento 2 a lot to the better)
This was only one of more than 5 forks I counted in the recent years(and there were probably even more). But it is the only one where a community formed around, and which got a wider range of users and contributors.
Lets talk some numbers, by now we are, and we have:
- 9 + 3 Maintainer (9 with Admin Privilege)
- 68 Code Contributors
- 146 direct Forks on Github
- Over 200 merged Pull Requests
- 273 Stars on Github
- ~80 daily visitors on the Github Repository
- 110 Follower on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/OpenMageProject )
We structured the Project into several phases, oriented on the official Support status of M1.... read more
We are currently in Phase 2.