Today is a sad day for Droid Modders and Flash Addicts alike. Team Cyanogen Mod is saying that none of their developers will buy a Galaxy S4 and the device will not be supported. The team has not been happy with Samsung since the days of the Galaxy S2. The main reason they are deciding to totally reject the device is the fact that Samsung refuses to release source files in their entirety which makes hacking the phone more troublesome than it would be otherwise.
"Nobody at Team Hacksung (the team behind Galaxy S2, Note, S3, Note2, G Tabs... official CM ports) plans to buy it, neither develop for it. There are two variants which will be a pain to maintain, [and] the bugs we have on the S3 will probably be there on S4, too (camera), and we all know Samsung ability to release sources while staying in line with mainline. Yes Qualcomm releases sources, but Exynos sources we had were far from [working on] actual Galaxy products. I'm pretty sure the same will happen for this one.
That's a uniform "no" from us."
This can have pretty large implications on the Mod community as many of the custom Roms that we use are based on CyanogenMod. The Galaxy S4 promises to be just as successful as the Galaxy S3 which means there will be millions of these devices out there. Im sure it will end up with some CM ports even if it doesn't end up on the officially supported list for Cyanogen. It is highly likely that one or two people out of the millions will want an AOSP rom enough to build it, and share with the community. We can't be certain of that though.
What are your thoughts? Will you run out and buy a Galaxy S4 on day one knowing that CM will not be supporting the device, or will you hang back for a bit and see what developers come up with? TouchWiz is probably one of the best OEM skins to have to wait it out on in my opinion.