Greetings CloudReady VM Fans,
We're pleased to announce that a VMware OVA appliance of CloudReady: Home Edition is once again available for download!
The update to version 57 of CloudReady involved a major under-the-hood graphics change to a new graphics stack called Freon. Freon provides a host of performance improvements, as well as providing some future-proofing and reduced likelihood of bugs by keeping CloudReady more aligned with Chrome OS. Unfortunately, Freon also broke CloudReady’s ability to run as a VM in VirtualBox or VMware environments. After considerable development work and testing, the CloudReady: Home Edition v59 appliance is now available for download below.
As always, this VM is provided as a convenience should still be considered experimental and unsupported. CloudReady is designed to run best when fully-installed on certified models, so we don’t offer a VM of our supported Education and Enterprise Editions of CloudReady, and we encourage everyone to use CloudReady VMs only for experimental and/or temporary purposes. You're also welcome to join the conversation on this topic in our user community.
The situation for running CloudReady using VirtualBox has proved more complex. VM use of CloudReady has been popular in a way we did not anticipate, so we wanted to get a working version available as soon as possible, starting with the VMWare download, but we know there are folks out there who prefer VirtualBox. We hope to follow with a solution for as well soon..
Have fun and send bug reports!