Hey CloudReady Fans!
We're releasing v66.4 today! This update is going out to all Channels of the Home Edition and our Education and Enterprise customers in the next few hours.
In keeping with our recent update patterns, ".4" indicates that this release will be a stability-update for all Home Edition users, and will reach our Education and Enterprise Edition customers on the Stable Channel for the first time.
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. Specific models with a fix include Asus Vivobook 14, Lenovo ThinkPad E550, and the Dell Latitude 3480 and 3490.
- 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 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: Installs are now less prone to hang indefinitely if there is a failure. They will now instead reliably display error messages.
- Refinement to "Settings > About CloudReady" menu: We've changed "About Chromium OS" to be "About CloudReady" in the Settings menu, including a logo change and the addition of more device debug/support info.
- 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
- Allow install to 8GB devices: CloudReady now allows you to target storage devices as small as 8GB for installation.
- Widevine DRM now installed by default: We're making a change to make CloudReady easier to use with fewer setup steps. The Widevine DRM module that was, previously, available as a plugin in our settings menu or in my.Neverware.com is now built in to all CloudReady images.
Adobe Flash and 3rd Party Media components are still available in the same way, as optional plugins.
- Fix for DisplayLink support: DisplayLink 3.0 allows certain peripherals like docks to transmit video over USB 3.0 ports. This functionality was broken in v64, but is fixed in v66.4.
- Fix for graphics issues on some Apple devices: A graphics regression in v66.3 caused iMac 5,2 and other Apple models to show a black screen. This should be resolved in v66.4.
- New certified models: Changes and improvements in v66 are leading to a new group
HP Compaq 8200 Elite
HP Elitebook 840 G3
HP Elitebook 840 G4
HP ProOne 600 G1
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.
- Minor touchpad issues on Macbook 3,1 and Macbook 4,1: These two Macbook models show issues with initial touch on the right-side of the touchpad. This will be resolved in future releases.
- 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.