After technical issues caused a short delay in its release, CyanogenMod 7.1 is now avalabile from the project's large mirror network. There are a number of small tweaks, such as support for tethering via Bluetooth, but but most significant change is that it comes loaded with Gingerbread 2.3.7 and now supports a plethora of devices.
The 60 model-strong list of supported devices includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia family, Samsung models such as the Galaxy S, and a few Motorola models like the Defy and Droid X.
While the CyanogenMod team says that the update is very easy to install and can be done so directly, they recomend the best way to get CyanogenMod 7.1 up and running is with ROM Manager. Installation tips are available over on the CyanogenMod wiki.
CyanogenMod is working to improve relations between the modding community and phone vendors, hence the new list of modifiable Sony Ericsson models. It's also working on a project to show manufacturers how modding could in fact be beneficial, and how to get involved. After 7.1, the team will release a few more minor updates to the software before moving onto something bigger: CyanogenMod 9 (what happened to 8?).
You can check out the changelog to see what's changed on CyanogenMod's GitHub.
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