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Some Chromebooks mistakenly declared themselves end-of-life last week

If your new Chromebook told you it's past EOL, don't panic—as long as you were running Canary or Dev, that is. (If you were running Stable or Beta, you may continue panicking.)
Enlarge / In case your new Chromebook instructed you it is previous EOL, do not panic—so long as you have been working Canary or Dev, that’s. (If you happen to have been working Steady or Beta, it’s possible you’ll proceed panicking.)

A lot of Chromebook and Chromebox customers do not realize this, however all ChromeOS gadgets have an expiration date. Google’s unique coverage was for gadgets to be supported for 5 years, however the firm has just lately prolonged that point to six.5 years.

When your Chromebook or Chromebox approaches its built-in expiration date, it would warn you that it is time to go purchase a brand new machine completely. Not lengthy after that, it would refuse to use any additional safety or characteristic updates. Along with leaving customers susceptible to unpatched safety exploits, which means that always evolving providers corresponding to Gmail will finally cease working completely.

Google has been engaged on a option to warn customers six months forward of time that their machine’s EOL date is approaching to permit them to plan with rather less time-sensitive desperation. However customers working the Canary and Dev early-preview ChromeOS builds found a bug within the new code the onerous means. After any reboot, brand-new gadgets began warning “this is the last automatic software and security update for this Chromebook. To get future updates, upgrade to a newer model.”

Fortunately, the code had not but made it to secure—and even beta—builds, so few customers have been uncovered to it. The bug has already been patched, and customers on Canary ought to have already got seen the bogus message disappear after a day by day improve push this previous weekend. Customers on the Dev construct solely get updates weekly, so they won’t have the warning fastened till someday this week.

However, for those who’re not working a Canary or Dev construct and you’ve got gotten a message about your machine being past its help date and getting no additional upgrades… it is legit, and you actually will not be getting any extra upgrades. This does not must be the top of the world; for those who’re prepared to get your palms soiled, you may nonetheless set up Linux as a completely bootable OS, which is able to by no means expire on you, utilizing chrx. (That is how I get Linux alone small fleet of Chromebooks, which I use for multi-station Wi-Fi testing.)

You can too set up an alternate model of ChromiumOS itself, such because the freely accessible Dwelling Version of Neverware CloudReady. This provides you an expertise extraordinarily just like full ChromeOS, constructed on the identical know-how, which is able to proceed to get software program updates regardless of your machine’s “expiration date.”


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