Hey CloudReady Fans!
We're excited to be releasing v66.3 this afternoon! In keeping with our recent update patterns, ".3" indicates that this release will go out to all users on all release Channels for the Home Edition, and to the Beta Channel for Education and Enterprise Edition customers.
All Home Edition users can expect over-the-air updates and downloadable images for this release over the next few hours.
If you're using CloudReady at school or work and interested in previewing this release, 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 Home Edition users can edit their root partition in v66.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 v66.3
- Prevent Powerwash: CloudReady does not support Powerwash, but in v66.2 a change made it available by mistake. In v66.3 we're preventing powerwash in the setting menu and have added a block to prevent triggering a Powerwash at the login screen using the ctrl+alt+shift+r keystroke.
- Fix for video playback on Apollo Lake Intel devices: This fix resolves a problem on Intel Apollo Lake devices where VP9 video playback would show corruption and tearing.
- Fix for install failures hanging indefinitely: Install failures are now less prone to hang indefinitely when they fail, and will instead display error messages.
- Refinement to Settings > About menu: We've changed "About Chromium OS" to be "About CloudReady", including a logo change and the addition of more device debug/support info (the same info available in the top-right corner of the login screen).
Home Edition-only changes:
- 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.
- Docker no longer starts automatically: We found that starting up our Docker service automatically was presenting network conflict for some users who didn't need Docker. We've made changes to allow you to start Docker manually from the command line, or optionally configure it yourself to start automatically.
- 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.