It’s that time again – minor updates for our three last Nextcloud releases are made available. Each of them has over a dozen changes and as usual we strongly recommend you update to ensure you have a secure and reliable content collaboration platform that respects your digital sovereignty!
If you are still on Nextcloud 18 or 19, we recommend you move to the 20 release, which will bring you and your users a wide range of improvements. The three biggest features we introduced are:
- 🏁 Our new dashboard provides a great starting point for the day with over a dozen widgets ranging from Twitter and Github to Moodle and Zammad already available
- 🔍 Search was unified, bringing search results of Nextcloud apps as well as external services like Gitlab, Jira and Discourse in one place
- 🗨 Talk introduced bridging to other platforms including MS Teams, Slack, IRC, Matrix and a dozen others
Of course, there is MUCH more, and you can read all about it in our announcement blog.
If you are on 19 and waiting for the updater to provide you Nextcloud Hub 20 – your wait is nearly over, we will roll out upgrade options to 20.0.3 to the rest of our users in the coming days.
What’s new in 20.0.3
First, a final reminder that early next year, Nextcloud Hub v21 will be released – and we will then cease maintenance of our first Nextcloud Hub release, 18. It is thus strongly recommended you prepare an upgrade to at least 19 or contact our team for long term support. Note that Nextcloud 18 is only used by a small minority of our users so it no longer benefits from as much testing as the newer releases, and with ever-changing demands and infrastructure, staying with a current release is the smart move.
You can find the full change log of fixes and improvements for 20.0.3. 19.0.6 and 18.0.12 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!
Nextcloud Hub – the most successful release
We always recommend you to get the latest and greatest! Our updater statistics shows that Nextcloud Hub is the most deployed release, with the vast majority of our user base on version 19 and 20 the second-most popular release!
Note that if you are still on 16 or 17, these releases are now unmaintained and you should upgrade as soon as possible or, if you can’t, get long term support from Nextcloud GmbH so you can continue to receive security and stability updates.
Stay safe: keep your server up-to-date!
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.
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