Hey CloudReady Fans!

Our work continues to round all the corners on our v61 release. This update brings major upgrades to hardware compatibility by way of a new kernel, but those big changes have necessitated a little extra work to stabilize our existing install base.

Update 1/31/18:
We released v61.4 to Dev/Beta channels yesterday, but have been encouraged by the stability and are pushing to stable today! This blog post is updated to reflect that now.

Release Notes for v61.4:

New in v61.4:

  • Broader fix for dc7800 sleep/resume issues: We now prevent full sleep on all version of the HP dc7800 desktop. Screens will dim to lower power consumption, but sleep will not initiate. This ensures resuming is possible.
  • Fix for Kaby Lake/Kaby lake-R VP9 playback issues: v61.3 had tearing and artifacting on7th and 8th gen Intel integrated graphics when playing VP9 videos. We've resolved this issue by switching to software rendering, but plan to refine the fix in future releases.
  • Fix for sound issues on Optiplex gx620, others: We've resolved some issues found in v61.3 that caused audio to not work, becoming quieter, or otherwise degrade on various devices.
  • Fix for graphics issues when combining external monitors with AMD/ATI graphics: Some minor and some severe issues started cropping up in v61.3 when using AMD or ATI graphics with an external display. We've made a change that should resolve these entirely, but please send feedback if you still see issues.
  • Fixes for ThinkPad touchpads: v61.3 has some ThinkPad touchpads not work (Yoga 11e G1) and some stop working after a sleep/resume cycle (T440p, x240, L440). We've got all those straightened out.

Previously released v61 changes:

  • 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. 

Known Issues

  • 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, but if you're using a device of this kind you may see a black background instead of the CloudReady wallpaper, or your own image.
  • General issues with dual/switchable GPUs: On our in-house Dell Latitude E6520 and for some users with T430: machines with dual GPUs (Intel and NVIDIA) failed to boot v61.3 after an update, until the switchable graphics were disabled via the machine's BIOS.
    • We are generally recommending that all users disable "Optimus" or "Switchable" graphics in their BIOS/UEFI settings.

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