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  • Ripdev - GOOD BYE

    Ripdev has been a presence in the iPhone community for a good while now. They took over Installer from Null River, and worked WITH Null River for a while before doing so.

    They're behind Icy, Kate, and a few more notable iPhone softwares.

    And now, they're shutting down.

    Citing only "circumstances" as their reasoning, Ripdev states they'll be closing their doors, ceasing all support, and are giving out the source to Icy to see if anyone would like to do anything with it.

    We've always been Cydia proponents - I don't even have Icy installed on my iPhones, and never have except a brief review period when it initially came out. With Icy gone, guess we're in the same exact place - Cydia is King, and the people have spoken.

    It's been a great two years, but unfortunately, the time has come for Ripdev to close its doors. There are many reasons for this, most of which we probably will never disclose (unless we are forced to). The important thing is that due to circumstances we will likely be unable to support the titles we have created over the years further. They will be perfectly operatable on the firmware versions they were created for, and you will be able to download and use them — but they will no longer be supported and updated (except for i2Reader Pro that is not being developed by us and that will be kept in sync with its App Store version). We will, of course, transfer the licenses to the new devices — just email us. Our Cydia repository will be operational until at least next year, so be assured that the products you liked and paid for will be available for you to (re)install.
    Icy, our lightweight DPKG installer, is now available in source form under MIT license. You're free to do whatever you want with it. It would be nice if someone picks up the project…
    It was a honor to be in the iPhone jailbreak community, and we are proud that we have certainly made a ripple or two. Farewell!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ripdev - GOOD BYE started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 76 Comments
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Finally. You knew it was coming with how far they were behind Cydia and really made no improvements other than buggy overpriced programs.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Read the page source and you'll see this:

      Hey there, fellow page source viewer! Unfortunately, there's nothing interesting here, other than that we are very, very sad about the fact the things turned that way. Here's a bit of advise: don't blindly trust your business partners - one day it may turn out that they will steal a year's worth income of the company and create another one, leaving you without possibility to control what you have been creating for several years.
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Goodbye installer lol
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      Kate crashed my phone. But thanks to the knowledgable people here I was back up and running in a short time.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      I personally prefer Rock over Cydia, I love the backup feature.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Never tried icy but its good to know their were other options . Nothing last forever.
    1. Jesposo's Avatar
      Jesposo -
      Oh, am I the only one that actually uses Kate??
      It's running brilliantly on my 3G(S)3.1.2.

      Sad to see them go.
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Conas View Post
      Aw man what a shame. Thanks for everything, Devteam. There's no really no telling how far back we'd be if it weren't for yall's success.
      lol hope you didnt sign up for that great first post.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I disagree. RockApp is a lot better than Cydia, IMO. The only thing I use Cydia for is for the Cydia store apps.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      ...Thanks for supporting jailbreak.
    1. hacker555's Avatar
      hacker555 -
      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      I disagree. RockApp is a lot better than Cydia, IMO. The only thing I use Cydia for is for the Cydia store apps.
      Really ?

      I cant see how its better to be honest.The back up feature is nice, but do you really want to do that ? i mean sometimes certain packages cause problems on unsupported firmware versions.Also, the instillation is sloppy.

      Cydia is slower, yes. ill give you that, but Saurik is honestly one of the greatest coders ever, he constantly makes cydia better and better. Plus with time Cydia will become faster. Besides on the 3GS Cydia already runs at a rediculious speed. and ive had little problems on the 3G.

      Plus you can custimize Cydia and Saurik is working on his OTA update or w.e that will honestly change the way we jailbreak.
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Yeah agreed. I don't see how anyone with ANY experience can HONESTLY say rock is better then cydia......
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      I would hardly call Cydia king, its slow and buggy. Ive been using Rock and I like it much better than Cydia.

      Quote Originally Posted by skj8100 View Post
      Yeah agreed. I don't see how anyone with ANY experience can HONESTLY say rock is better then cydia......
      Rock does not keep reloading.
      Rock does not keep dead repos
      rock gives more info about an app including screen shots.
      rock is faster, much faster

      the only thing I will give Cydia over rock is; you dont have to know the whole name of an app, just start typing and a list comes up.
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      Thats a sad thing to hear, i used some of there stuff, but stuff comes and goes
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      they will not be miss ahhaahahaha.
    1. sn71295's Avatar
      sn71295 -
      One thing to say is ripdev you guys are garbage and have had no need in the jailbreak community you guys didnt help me whatsoever with all the buggy and almost god awful packages i dont know how many time i had to reset my itouch from all the freezing and crashing then freezing cydia is great and saurik kicks ***
    1. Kirk7741's Avatar
      Kirk7741 -
      ok well, looks like another jealbreak team is breaking up. so sad.
    1. Dipial's Avatar
      Dipial -
      As a beta tester of RipDev’s production I can tell that i2Reader Pro which you can download from Cydia or App Store will be supported, but nothing more.
      But if you like Icy,I have good news for you.
      Icy source is available at GitHub: ripdev's Icy at master - GitHub. Do whatever you’d like with it!
    1. zauriel's Avatar
      zauriel -
      I'm not going to say Rock kicks Cydia's ***, I still like Cydia and I'm sure it'll be around for a long time to come. But Rock is definitely faster (I hate the constant reloading data in Cydia, which wasn't always there and I don't know why it's necessary now), it has a much cleaner, slicker and attractive GUI, and the backup option (so next time you jailbreak you don't have to go download every little single thing individually) is great and much better than using aptbackup.

      The only downside to Rock right now is that you can't download Cydia store apps or other apps which are repo'd only on Cydia, which to be fair is not a lot (and you can just jump over to Cydia to get those). Rock has almost every app, theme, etc., that Cydia does.

      As for RipDev, oh well. Installer was great until Null River gave it up. I hate to beat up on RipDev but Installer after that was worthless, and Icy was never my cup of tea. I don't know if I ever messed with any of their apps so I can't speak to that. But best wishes to them in whatever they pursue now.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      My mom has installer on her iphone running 2.2.1 fw with no issues. Albeit, my mom has no idea what any of this stuff is for on her iphone. I thought icy was cool and very similar to winterboard but caused me no problems. Cydia has always been slow and buggy but I love it that way!