14 February 2017
Lineage OS, the project that sought to officially continue the CyanogenMod project after Cyanogen Inc's closure, is now preparing to launch official builds for over 80 devices. CyanogenMod was hands down the most popular Custom ROM for Android, and so will the case be now for Lineage OS.
According to a blog post on the Lineage OS official website, the new builds are for Marshmallow and Nougat capable devices. This is referring to devices that got CM 13 (Android M) and CM 14.1 (Nougat) builds. The roll-out of new Lineage OS builds will start this weekend, and release candidates will be released every week by default and assigned a private key for authentication.
Bonus: Check out the boot animation for Lineage OS in the video below:
There will be some differences between CyanogenMod and Lineage OS. While the former allowed root by default, Lineage OS will not. Rooting can be done through a custom flash that will be provided with the project. This needs to be done only once to root the device.
It isn't always easy to switch ROMs, because you lose all your app data. To get rid of this pain, Lineage OS is also going to offer migration builds which will have the ability to be flashed on top of existing CM 13 and CM 14.1 installations. These builds will be available every week along with the weekly release candidates for the next two months. These migration builds have the advantage of keeping your user data intact while retaining the ability of switching to normal LineageOS builds freely.
The builds will be available for download on the official link below: