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July 5, 2019
As part of our monthly release cadence, new minor releases of the Nextcloud server have been made available. As always, these include stability and security improvements and are designed to be a safe and quick upgrade. Customers can always count on our upgrade support if needed!
Please stay up to date with Nextcloud releases of both the server and its apps, for the safety of your data! Running web facing software without regular updates is risky and quite frankly, irresponsible.
important Nextcloud 14 is at the end of its public support cycle. Please, plan to upgrade to 15 at least over the next few weeks or inquire for a Nextcloud Subscription to continue to get security and bug fixes! This was the last public update!
NOTE that there are two known issues with this release. First, for many users the apps and users overviews are white until a full refresh takes place (hold the shift key and hit the refresh button in your browser). Second, some users reported file integrity warnings related to
cypress which can be resolved by deleting the cypress.json and the cypress folder in the /apps/viewer/ folder. This folder with test data was accidentally shipped with Nextcloud 16.0.1 and should be deleted in the 16.0.2 upgrade but this does not happen for all users. We are looking for the root causes of both issues and will try to resolve them in a further update, but, as they are merely cosmetic, we recommend to upgrade regardless.
On July 9 we released 16.0.3 and 15.0.10 with fixes for the above noted issues:
We suggest to update, but if the problems above did not affect your system there is no urgency.
The roughly 50 changes for Nextcloud 16.0.2 are quite minor, with a series of bug fixes for small issues and user interface enhancements. Notable fixes include a fix for full text search on group folders, LDAP fixes, hiding the new-file menu when quota is set to 0, a number of security-related updates like the ability to set a password for a redis cluster and updated CA bundles and more.
You can find the full 16.0.2, 15.0.9 and 14.0.13 changelogs on our website.
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.