Team Cyanogen Mod has become a corporation and has raised $7million to build a better Android. Who knows what the future holds for this Android fork! Did you know that CyanogenMod is the most popular custom rom and boast a user base of over 8 million users who elect to share data with Cyanogen mod. The number of actual users is greater. Why wouldn't CM want to find a way to capitalize on this massive user base? You can rest assured that the capital generated has not been in the form of donations. Businesses will be expecting a return on their investments.
Who knows what Steve Kondik's vision is for this project. We could see OEMs adopt a utopian "you pick firmware" model where you could easily install Cyanogen Mod or Roms like it without going through the gauntlet of unlocking the bootloader, rooting, flashing a custom recovery. Maybe we will see a one click process developed by CM that would do the whole shebang for you (unlock, root, recovery, CM install) over your stock OEM. Maybe they are planning on releasing a device of their own. What are your thoughts. Is this a good thing. Would you pay for Cyanogen Mod? Would you buy a CM Phone?