The CyanogenMod team recently teased us with a video of CM9 running on the Touchpad and now it looks like their efforts have culminated in the first Alpha ("Alpha 0") release of CM9 for the WebOS tablet.
The earlier CM7 Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 builds were quite buggy and not really ready for primetime use, but the latest CM9 release is a whole "*two* CyanogenMods better", bringing Ice Cream Sandwich goodness to the Touchpad. However, CM9 is still Alpha 0, which means "'zero hardware-accelerated video', 'zero camera', and 'zero support!'". In addition, the audio "is a mess", the microphone does not work, market filters prevent some apps from being installed, Titanium Backup crashes the kernel, some older hardware problems from CM7 still exist, and traditional storage mounting is not supported. Whew! So, if you want a seamless, unfettered user-experience we would recommend looking elsewhere. But, if you don't mind a challenge then head over to RootzWiki and read through the detailed instructions for installing CM9 on your Touchpad.
The CM team has also been kind enough to release all the CM9 source code for the HP Touchpad. So, if you want, you can build CM9 from scratch all by yourself.
Laslty, CyanogenMod have made an open call to their fellow developers, asking for for assistance in fixing bugs and improving the ROM:
Now that the source is open we would love to see fellow developers contribute bug fixes and improvements. This is something that does not happen enough in the Android world and we'd love to change that trend. Please feel free to contact us in #cyanogenmod-touchpad to get involved and to discuss current and future developments.
If you want to see CM9 in action on the Touchpad, check out the video below: