Today we branched our mainline repositories to start the code freeze which will lead us up to the CM9 release. While there are still a number of technical and organizational issues that need to be resolved very quickly, the plan is to quickly iterate through a series of release candidates over the next few weeks. We are still accepting contributions to the main branches, but from here until release day we will only be accepting bugfixes, device support, and translations into the release branch.
It’s taken a long time, but the move to ICS was huge. The initial release will cover a subset of devices (still to be fully determined). We’ve put many new internal processes into place which should guarantee quicker updates to the CM Core, and also make it easier for new devices be added.
Nightly builds will still be done against the main branch, so those of you who like to live on the bleeding edge won’t have to suffer through this