Hey CloudReady Fans!
We're releasing our first v63.2 of CloudReady today! 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.
As usual with our ".2" releases, this will go out to all users of the Home Edition, and will be available to Education and Enterprise customers on the dev and beta release channels. Neverware recommends previewing this release by switching a few devices to beta.
Now sure what we mean by dev/beta channel? Learn more about unstable releases.
Release Notes for v63.2:
- OS Upgrade to 63
- New CloudReady Wallpaper: The CloudReady-themed default-wallpaper has been updated for your default-enjoyment.
- 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.
- Optiplex 7020 sleep/resume fix: We found that v61 caused some Dell Optiplex 7020s to stop sleeping - they will work as expected in v63.
If you're using CloudReady at school or work, there are some changes specific to you:
- Fix for incorrect licensing errors: We've resolved an issue where a handled licensing outcome (e.g. when no licenses are available, or when servers can't be contacted) can wrongly show an "Internal Error".
If you're using the Home Edition, the following changes apply to your update:
- 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.
- 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.
- Graphics on 32bit builds: We've seen a growing set of modern Intel graphics (like Braswell and Kaby Lake) that work well in 64bit CloudReady, but have issues on 32bit builds.
To avoid issues of this kind and get the best possible CloudReady experience, only install 32bit CloudReady on devices that are marked as "32-bit Only" on our certified models list.
- 1/8th inch audio troubles: Some issues with aux audio jacks not working or requiring user-intervention to work came up in v61. These are partially resolved in v63.2, and will be fully resolved in v63.3. Desktop models that match the following pattern may be affected: HP dc7XXX, Optiplex 7XX. If you experience issues, please contact Neverware support.
Unstable releases often have unforeseen bugs. We rely upon Dev & Beta Channel users to test and report back to us on them, so please never hesitate to let us know about a problem, or just what you think !