In a rare bit of breaking news on a Sunday evening, the Sprint and Verizon variants of the Galaxy Note 2 now have official CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies available for them, thanks to the hard work of RootzWiki developer sbrissen.
If you like to tread carefully when it comes to flashing new ROMs, yet you're sick of TouchWiz and eager to jump to an AOSP-based ROM, this might be the happy medium for you. Obviously, a certain level of stability must be achieved before CyanogenMod gives official support to a device, even in nightly form. According to fellow Rootzwiki developer jt1134, the basic requirement for official nightly support is that all hardware that everyone uses must be functional, such as radio, camera, and audio (these are three areas that are often wonky on early alpha builds). Some hardware items that aren't as widely used might still be buggy or nonfunctional on an official nightly, such as TV-Out or FM radio.
Some issues remain, such as NFC being hit-and-miss and needing to turn off WiFi location services (not the WiFi connection itself, just the location services) in order to get GPS working reliably. The other sensors are working now, with a few minor kinks that still need to be worked out. I asked sbrissen if there are any major bugs or issues remaining because of the difficulties developers have had working with Exynos-based devices, and the only thing he mentioned is that it might not be possible to get working HDMI-Out.
With official CM nightly support, users will no longer be subject to the device maintainer's schedule for new features or updates, as they will be pushed out within 24 hours of their being merged into the official code. This should provide compelling reason for those of you already running the alphas to *GASP!* wipe data and upgrade. The new forum threads will be published tomorrow, according to sbrissen, but if you're itching to grab them now and read the changelog later you can find the files here: Verizon and Sprint.
P.S. sbrissen would like to thank slick_rick and everyone else who donated for him to get the hardware needed to make this possible