Hey CloudReady Fans!

We're releasing our first v63 CloudReady builds today to the Dev and Beta Channels of the Home Edition. We've skipped v62 to help us catch up to Google's stable Chromebook releases, having spent a little more time than normal in the beginning of this year ironing out the kinks with our kernel upgrade in v61.

If you're interested, subscribe to the Dev or Beta channels for your over-the-air update which should be live right now!

Release Notes for v63.1:

  • OS Upgrade to 63
  • Command line security changes: The "chronos" user on the command line now has no password by default. This change helps remove any illusion of security (if everyone has the public default password, there's no protection) and encourages anyone who is concerned with security to set a password themselves.
  • Experimental Docker Support in 64bit builds! : We want to see CloudReady do more. We're including Docker in 64bit Home Edition CloudReady builds to encourage ourselves and all of you to try new things. Read more.
  • Plugin update notifications: CloudReady plugins update automatically, but need users to reboot after each update. We now push a notification when this happens so you'll know the reboot is needed.
  • HP Stream 14 touchpad improvement: This machine's touchpad was a little sluggish in v61, but works better in v63.

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.
  • Enrollment Fails on Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q, M715q: These non-certified devices hang or fail to Enterprise Enroll for Google management on v61.4 of CloudReady. We are currently investigating this issue for future releases.
  • 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.
  • Braswell & Kaby Lake graphics don't work on 32bit builds - Intel Braswell and Kaby Lake devices won't display anything if you try to run 32bit CloudReady on them. We only recommend installing 32bit CloudReady on devices that are marked as "32-bit Only on our certified models list.
  • Kaby Lake graphics have VP9 video playback issues: VP9 videos (very common on Youtube and elsewhere) will playback with lots of corruption on Kaby Lake and Kaby Lake-R Intel graphics. This issue will be resolved in our next release - you can fix it yourself by visiting chrome://flags/#disable-accelerated-video-decode on your affected machine and setting it to "Disable".
  • Plugins falsely "update" repeatedly update is available: On v63 there is a bug where notifications that your media plugins has updates will pop up every 30-60 minutes, even if there are no updates available. These can be ignored - your plugins should still operate normally.

Unstable releases often have unforeseen bugs, and a kernel upgrade can bring a lot of change that could be problematic. We rely upon Dev & Beta Channel users 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!

 

Have questions? Visit the forums!

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