CyanogenMod has grown past the point of being just another ROM. The successful third-party developer has become the most popular alternative for those that do not like manufacturer UIs. It’s stability and support can be many times better than official software, and many use it as a complete replacement. This is why CyanogenMod 9 is the first iteration of the ROM to offer root management.
This is not something new, but most users have not seen what it looks like. One can set the device to have full root access (both ADB and apps), Apps only, ADB only or none (disabled). This allows for the security conscious user to modify root access as they please.
The team has really made the ROM a viable option as an alternative ROM, even considering those that would not like to mess with root applications and tasks. Root access is something that was included by default in past CyanogenMod versions, which may have intimidated a big percentage of the users.
On a related note, CyanogenMod has just uploaded its first video. It is fairly basic, but there will be more to come, going deeper into the custom OS. In summary, it is a brief overview of some of the settings within CyanogenMod, including the layout, anonymous statistics, system update and changelog settings.
Check it out and let us know what you think. Are you liking the road CyanogenMod is taking?