I am sorry, I thought I had clarified that.. but i think i forgot.. the 16.12 has been simply canceled. it was initially postponed to after the holidays, but since there was no progress on the firmware side , then we just canceled it.
So the next release will be 17.03, toward the end of March. We still haven't received the new firmware from QCOM , but we are hoping they will be released on time.. Anyways, with or without the firmware, 17.03 will happen, and with quite a few changes..
- kernel is being migrated over to 4.9 LTS , from 4.4 LTS. There is a work-in-progress release branch available at the usual place. We do not recommend to rely on it yet, but you can check our progress there.
- Debian user space is migrated from Jessie to Stretch (and moving forward we will be using Debian testing, instead of Debian stable more generally).
- The default Desktop GUI will be LXQt instead of LXDE. It provides an improved visual user experience.
There might be a few new features / bug fixes, from here and there, i don't have a list right now.
Also, we are going to resume APQ8064 (Snapdragon 600) releases, in the same timeframe (they were kind of stalled since last year..). We will be using the same kernel branch for both SD600 and SD410.
For APQ8096 (SD820) we will not be using the 4.9 branch, and we will use specific/dedicated branches until the launch of the DB820c is formal. We will keep upgrading the kernel until that time. The kernel branches will be called db820c/qcomlt-vx.y, at the usual place.
We also continue to bring enhancement to our OpenEmbedded based builds/releases, which we call OE "RPB". We have upgraded from OE krogoth release branch to morty branch, and keep adding features/bugfixes there. The kernel for Dragonboard used in OE based builds is the same than the one used for Debian based builds.
Hope it clarifies.