Hey CloudReady Fans!

We're releasing our v66.2 to unstable channels today. In keeping with our most recent update patterns, ".2" indicates that this release will go out to the Dev Channel of the Education and Enterprise Editions, and the Beta Channel of the Home Edition!

If you're interested, subscribe to the Dev or Beta Channels to get an over-the-air update now

Release Notes for v66:

  • OS Upgrade to 66
  • Additional mitigations for Spectre v2 vulnerabilities: We're closing some of the last security gaps left from the Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities.
  • Added security via "root filesystem verification": As part of our continual effort to improve CloudReady's security, we're enabling a feature called "rootfs verification" for the first time in v66. This helps verify that CloudReady's root partition hasn't been tampered with. You can read more about how this helps improve security, or about how to edit your root partition in v66.1. 
  • More touchpad improvements: We continue to fix touchpads that are laggy or unresponsive. Any model that fails to support tap-to-click may work better in v66.1. 
  • Fix for issues with CloudReady VMs in VMware:  We saw some host machines across Mac, Windows, and Linux in v64 and v65 that would fail to boot CloudReady 

New in v66.2

  • Fixed slow boot time: A bug in v66.1 that caused significant boot delays on most models is resolved now.
  • Fix for graphics failures on Intel GM965/GL960 GPUs: A bug that prevented bootup of these GPUs on v66.1 has been fixed.
  • Sleep/resume improvements for many desktops: The HP Compaq dc5700, dc5800, dc5850, dc7600, dc7700, dc7800, dc7900, and Dell Optiplex 745, 755, 760, 780, and 790 have all had issues or flaws with sleep/resume resolved in this update. 

Home Edition-only changes:

  • New data collection and privacy controls: To help us understand what kind of hardware CloudReady works on, and how it is used, we're starting to collect hardware info about devices running CloudReady, as well as data on your use of special features like flatpaks. You'll be prompted with the ability to opt out before we collect that information, but any data we do collect is only tied to an anonymized label for your device, never a username or profile . If you want to know more about the info we collect, you can read our updated privacy policy.
  • Initial experimental support for VirtualBox: First docker, next flatpaks, now VMs! We want to add as much functionality as we can to CloudReady, and providing VirtualBox to our Home Edition users open a wide range of use cases to CloudReady, letting folks import their own VM images to access other OSs within CloudReady. Read more!
  • More flatpak improvements: Flatpaks should continue to improve in this update to CloudReady. Many will show their own icon when open on the task bar, and they should also show up when searching for apps in your app tray. 

Known Issues

  • Powerwash from settings breaks machines: The ability to run a "powerwash" is meant to be disabled on CloudReady, but in v66.2 a change makes it available. If you trigger a powerwash, your machine may need to be reinstalled. This will be resolved in v66.3.
  • Wallpaper rendering issues on some older GPUs: Some devices with GMA 950 and GMA 3150 graphics are no longer properly rendering the CloudReady wallpaper (and some other user-specified wallpapers). Issues of this kind are fixed once logged in as a user.
  • Issues with dual/switchable GPUs: We've found that machines with dual GPUs (Intel and NVIDIA) fail to boot CloudReady. We are generally recommending that all users disable "Optimus" or "Switchable" graphics in their BIOS/UEFI settings.

Unstable releases often have unforeseen bugs. We rely upon users on our unstable Channels to report those to us in our forums, so if you're ok with a little instability, please jump to this new release and let us know what you think!


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