We have made available minor updates to Nextcloud 11, 12 and 13. As usual, these bring stability and reliability improvements and we urge all users to upgrade at their earliest convenience! Customers can rely on the stand-by upgrade support from Nextcloud GmbH if needed.
If you are on Nextcloud 11 still, this is the last public bug fix release for Nextcloud 11 and you have to either upgrade to Nextcloud 12 or get a Nextcloud Subscription to get LTS updates for Nextcloud 11.
Time to upgrade to 13!
If you were waiting with upgrading from Nextcloud 12 to Nextcloud 13, we’re happy to share that the release has proven to be very reliable, with more than 10K servers upgrading in the first 7 days after its release and no critical issues found. One provider upgraded over 2300 individual servers in a single day without any problems! This is a very good result, showing our efforts to improve the reliability of the upgrade process of Nextcloud have been quite successful. Considering 13.0.0 has served users so well, we would suggest that the 13.0.1 version is very suitable for an upgrade from 12.
Of course, if you are maintaining a mission-critical Nextcloud system for your enterprise, it is still 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.
That Nextcloud 13 has been very reliable does not mean there have been no changes – though it has been less than usual. A little more than 60 minor issues were dealt with, including:
Fixed app navigation or the date/time picker in IE11
Improvements to End-to-end Encryption (which is still in testing!)
Font and usability updates
Some security hardenings
Updates to links and updated translations.
Object Storage is another notable area with several fixes.
More notable and more of a feature addition is the addition of an optional check of newly added passwords against the HaveIBeenPwned password list, preventing known breached passwords to be picked by users. See our earlier blog for more details.
The 12.0.6 and 11.0.8 release received a smaller number of updates relevant for users on those systems. Again, we urge users of 11 to upgrade or contact Nextcloud sales to ensure the security of your system.
When will the updater notify me?
We will make these upgrades available in the coming days through the built in updater. As you are probably aware, we do staged roll-out to ensure we can catch issues before they affect everybody so it can take a bit longer for some systems than for others.
Why upgrade? Security and stability!
Our strategy is: big changes come in major releases. Minor releases are security and functionality bug fixes, not rewrites of major sub 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!
If you are worried about the updates because you run a big, complex and important enterprise service, contact us. Nextcloud GmbH offers stand-by upgrade support to our customers, virtually guaranteeing a smooth process. This is one way in which we help our customers to keep their file sync and share systems functioning in optimal condition!
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