Hey CloudReady Fans!

We're excited to be releasing v61.3 as an over-the-air update to the Home Edition today, bringing our upgraded kernel, many security fixes, and much more. As usual, images for download of this new version (for fresh installs) are also available.

UPDATE - 1/16/18 -
v61.3 is now available to all EDU and Enterprise users via the Dev/Beta release channels.

If your organization is a CloudReady customer, you can test this new release next week by switching some devices to the dev or beta release channel.

Not sure what a Beta/Dev channel is?


Release Notes for v61.3:

  • OS Upgrade to 61 - Notable highlights include a UI changes to the sign in screen, lock screen, and app launcher.
  • Kernel upgrade - We've moved from a Linux kernel based on version 4.4 to one based on v4.14, bringing a huge swathe of new compatibility and driver support. The biggest change is the addition of support for 7th gen ("Kaby Lake") Intel processors and graphics, but there are many other improvements.
  • Initial Security Patches for Meltdown and Spectre - Read more here about how Neverware's team and CloudReady's rapid updates are protecting customers from these high-profile security vulnerabilities. 
  • Enable Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e G3 Touchscreen
  • Fix 1/8th inch audio output on Fujitsu Lifeboot T732
  • Switch to Chromium's built-in feedback screen - We've deprecated the chrome://cloudready-logs screen from recent versions in favor of the browser's built-in feedback screen. You can call this screen using alt+shift+i or find it under Help > Report an Issue. This will send similar logs to Neverware, as before.
  • Initial changes for sunsetting dualboot - The install UI will now de-emphasize the option to install CloudReady in dualboot mode, and give a notice about the timeline for dualboot being fully retired as a feature. Read more about this here.
  • Fix for sleep/resume issues on some ThinkPads - We've implemented a couple different changes that should fix issues where devices fail to resume from sleep. ThinkPads like the Yoga 11e-series and x240. In our next release some variants of the HP dc7800 will be improved as well.
  • Fixes for more touchpad and touchscreen functionality - We've made changes that should get touchpads working for some newer Asus machines, including the Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA. Similar fixes for touchscreens, like the one found on some HP Spectre 13s, are also in this release. 

If you're using CloudReady at school or work, there's some additional changes and 

  • Improved experience for licensing errors: We're continuing to improve our handling of licensing errors and expect them to happen less frequently in this update.
  • Fix for issues with managed Native/CUPS HP Printers - In v59 and v60, Native/CUPS HP printers were usable in CloudReady if configured by individual settings, but not when deployed via admin console. v61 resolves this issue.
  • Ability to Enterprise Enroll prior to passing CloudReady license check - To make it easier to set up CloudReady devices on a protected network, we've added the ability to jump to Enterprise Enrollment even if your machine hasn't passed it's initial CloudReady license check.

Known Issues

  • Kaby Lake video playback issues (VP9): We've noticed that, at least for some Kaby Lake (Intel 7th gen) or Kaby Lake-R (Intel 8th gen on laptops) laptops, playing VP9-format videos results in distortion and tearing. This doesn't seem to impact performance or cause crashing, but does disrupt a lot of video playback as it is a format favored on Youtube, among other places. We are investigating the issue.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e G1 touchpad not working: We have noticed that the Lenovo Yoga ThinkPad 11e G1, a certified model, no longer has a working touchpad on this release. We will resolve this issue prior to releasing v61 on the Stable channel to our Education and Enterprise customers.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T440p, L440 touchpads do not work after sleep: The T440p and L440 touchpads seems to fail after a sleep/resume cycle. We are looking into fixes.

Your feedback is welcome, as always, so reach out to us if you have any!

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