Those of you patiently waiting for the release of the new CyanogenMod 11.0 M6 will be pleased to learn that it has now been made available to download, over on the CyanogenMod website.
With the release of the CyanogenMod 11.0 M6 software, CyanogenMod has also announced that their “M” software builds have now supersede the need for “stable” and “RC” releases. To find out why this has been implemented an more information about the change read the snippet from the CyanogenMod blog explaining all after the jump.
CyanogenMod explains why they have adopted the M builds :
“To answer why, you have to understand just what it was the ‘stable’ builds afforded us. Beyond just being a trusted label to assuage the more risk-adverse users, it was our marker for accepting reports to our bug tracker. This had a few pain points, but most notably, it meant months of code would be introduced with no particular predictability, which led to gaps between identifying issues from your reports, fixing them and then releasing them in the next stable. With a ‘stable’ and ‘nightly’ only structure, you either waited months for a fix, or updated to a nightly – and with the risk of items such as the ‘master key’ and ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerabilities, this became an unacceptable risk we were posing to you all.
The ‘M’s have now become the fix for that particular issue; you can now reliably know that your next batch of fixes will arrive 4 weeks after the last (and if you are using a nightly, you are not stripped of your ability to update whenever you want). This also allows helps us collect JIRA tickets more frequently and track progression or regression of features in smaller windows.
Like the ‘stables’ before it, ‘M’ releases are built off the ‘stable/CM-##.#’ branches – the only difference is now frequency and label. We could have chosen to remove ‘M’ releases and stick with the ‘stable’ tag instead for these monthlies, but the word ‘stable’ itself is a misnomer – it doesn’t mean bug free and it certainly never meant feature complete; but with the name ‘stable’ it gave the false impression that it did mean those things – especially to those risk-adverse that would only hop from ‘stable’ to ‘stable’.”
CyanogenMod M6 builds are now actively generating and yes, D2lte and Jflte are included in this round. For a full list of all the changes that you can expect to enjoy in the latest CyanogenMod 11.0 M6 build jump over to the CyanogenMod blog post for full details and download links.