updated 07:45 pm EDT, Sun September 30, 2012
Move will make entire CyanogenMod system open source
CyanogenMod has dropped ROM manager and will be moving to an over the air update system. According to Android Police, the team wanted an update solution that did not rely on the closed source software, in an effort to make the entire ecosystem of the operating system completely open source. It was the decided that the team would build one themselves.
The new updater is a revised version of an older updater, last seen in CyanogenMod versions 5 and 6. Reworked to service CyanogenMod 9 and onwards, the system will check for updates at pre-selected intervals, and downloading an updated ROM if one has been released.
Although the update system would certainly help the community-managed version of Android in terms of device maintenance, it isn't clear as to when the OTA service will commence, as no official timeline from the team has been issued as of yet.