2021 December, 1
Developer Jared White has posted evidence from a Slack conversation in May 2021 with a former core maintainer of Jekyll, Frank Taillandier (known as DirtyF on GitHub), that the Jekyll project is in frozen mode and permanent hiatus.
News about the Jekyll project has become rare since version 4 was released in August 2019. If there was news about Jekyll, the news often was not very pleasant. The conversation with Frank Taillandier from early 2021 shows Jekyll towards the end of its development. The news of the sudden death of Frank Taillandier’s in early September 2021 shocked the community; a key developer of the Jekyll project was lost.
It begs the question: is Jekyll’s development over?
At the end of September 2021, a current version,
4.2.1 was released by one of the active maintainers of the Jekyll project Ashwin Maroli. The current version means an important statement: The Jekyll project is alive!
Regardless of the appearance of new project versions, the ecosystem plays a crucial role. Exist supplementary to a project Tools and libraries that are actively developed and maintained by a community? For Project Jekyll, a lot of variety of software is available. The Jekyll tools and libraries support building modern webs with Jekyll.
The development of Jekyll continues, and the available libraries still make the engine one of the most important tools for static webs on the market.