It is that time again: updates for the stable series of Nextcloud are available now.
As always, these include stability and security improvements that are designed to be a safe and quick upgrade.
An important improvement is that admins now can disable user flows since they can have quite some impact on the performance of a system and you might not want to give users the ability to define their own flows while still making use of the administrator level ones. Can be enabled by running:
occ config:app:set workflowengine user_scope_disabled --value yes
You can find the full changelog of fixes and improvements for 18.0.4, 17.0.6 and 16.0.10 on our website.
Note: running web facing software without regular updates is risky. Please stay up to date with Nextcloud releases of both the server and its apps, for the safety of your data! Customers can always count on our upgrade support if needed!
You’re probably happy to learn that keeping your apps updated with Nextcloud 18 has become easier: a simple update all button takes care of it.
We always recommend you to get the latest and greatest! Our updater statistics shows that Nextcloud Hub is the most deployed release, with 55% of the total user base of Nextcloud. Nextcloud 17 use is down to 20% while Nextcloud 16 is on only about 10% of servers!
If you haven’t updated to Nextcloud 18 yet and you’re wondering what’s that awesome about it, check out all the awesome features that came with it! Nextcloud Hub introduces many new features and improvements. Among those is that we now ship, by default, Nextcloud Talk, Groupware and ONLYOFFICE. If you are upgrading, you will move from the Gallery app to the new Photos, but Talk, Groupware and ONLYOFFICE will not be installed automatically as we don’t want to surprise admins. However, we do recommend to install them yourself!
If you need some time to plan an upgrade to 18, we recommend to update your existing stable release in the mean time to benefit from the about 37 changes in 17 and over 2 dozen in 16. Note that if you are still on 15, this release is unmaintained and you should upgrade as soon as possible.
Minor Nextcloud releases are security and functionality bug fixes, not rewrites of major systems that risk user data! We also do extensive testing, both in our code base and by upgrading a series of real-world systems to the test versions. This ensures that upgrades to minor releases are painless and reliable. As the updates not only fix feature issues but also security problems, it is a bad idea to not upgrade!
This is, of course, also true for apps: Keeping them updated has security benefits, besides the new features and other bug fixes.
If you are maintaining a mission-critical Nextcloud system for your enterprise, it is highly recommended that you get yourself some insurance (and job security… who gets blamed if the file handling system isn’t working as expected?). A hotline to the core Nextcloud developers is the best guarantee for reliable service for your users, and the job safety of you as system administrator.
As you might already know we hit feature freeze a few weeks ago and now it’s Beta’s time!
We made beta 1,2,3 and 4 available the previous weeks while many fixes and improvements were made.
Now we are calling for testing for Beta 5!
We are working hard on stabilizing Nextcloud 19 for a release and it is time to get involved, if you haven’t yet! Our fifth beta has appeared on our servers and you can use our famously easy updater to get it on your server and give it a try, or grab it from our download server.
We want to make sure that upgrades and day to day usage are smooth and as bug-free as possible. Any other feedback, of course, is welcome! Next week we will release Beta 6 which will be followed by the first release candidate hopefully on May 7.
Nextcloud 19 needs testing, bug reporting, bug fixing and some polishing to be perfect. The best time to get involved is now! Here is a list of pending PR’s you can help us with!
We appreciate your feedback – it is a great way to contribute and we’d love to hear your thoughts on your favourite features and functionalities of the stable releases!\
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