Hey CloudReady Fans!

UPDATE 2/12/18 - We've resumed updates with patched builds to all users.

Here's what happened:
On 2/8/12 we received reports from customers last week that machines, including HP Compaq dc5800s and Braswell devices running 32bit images, were boot to a black screen after update and non-functional. To reduce any problems caused by these issues, we suspended all v61.4 updates pending an investigation of the issues.

Please see the Known Issues section near the bottom of this post for the latest info on these issues. 

Release Notes for v61.4:

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Broader fix for dc7800 sleep/resume issues 
  • VMware VM graphics fixes: Versions of v61 up until now had issues with splash screen graphics preventing updates or fresh installs of v61 VMs for Home users or customers. This issue is resolved in this latest update.

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.

Newly Certified Models in v61.4:

You'll see the following devices added to our certified models list soon!

  • Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA
  • Dell Optiplex 3050
  • Dell Optiplex 7050
  • Fujitsu Lifebook T732
  • HP x360 310 G2
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e G2
  • Lenovo ThinkCentre M91p
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X240
  • Shuttle DS67U

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.
  • HP Compaq dc5800s require BIOS updates - A bug with kernel 4.14 prevents dc5800s running older BIOS versions from using CloudReady v61. To ensure your dc5800 is supported on CloudReady, update your BIOS to v01.60 following these 6 minute instructions.
  • Braswell graphics may not work on v61.4 - Braswell devices (packaged with Intel CPUs like the N3060, N3050, and N3150) appear to have a bug that prevents graphics from functioning on 32bit CloudReady. These machines are capable of running CloudReady 64bit, however, which is our recommended build whenever possible.


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