Straight from the Nextcloud Conference we release maintenance updates for our current releases, Nextcloud 12 and 13. These aim to improve the stability, security and reliability of your server. We restrict minor updates to bug fixes and minor, non-intrusive improvements because both home and enterprise users need to know that these upgrades are safe and reliable. Customers can rely on the stand-by upgrade support from Nextcloud GmbH if needed.
This comes hot on the tails of the big news of our announcement of Nextcloud 14, which will introduce many innovative new features as well a security and performance improvements. You can learn more in our announcement and we urge all users to test out the RC to ensure their setup is ready for the final release later this month!
We also announced how NEC will ship Nextcloud on millions of routers and how we made signing up to a provider easier than ever.
As there are many new and updated apps, remember: up to date means more secure. Update your apps regularly, too!
Nextcloud 13.0.6 introduces 20 changes, most of which deal with corner cases that could cause problems in special circumstances.
While few of these will be crippling issues for a majority of users, combined it results in a more reliable, consistent experience that comes with a maturing product.
You can find a full overview of changes in our changelog.
Nextcloud 12.0.11 comes with only 2 changes. As this release becomes used less we urge users to plan an update to Nextcloud 13. This also in light of the upcoming Nextcloud 14 release, which will mark the end of maintenance releases for Nextcloud 12. If you are still on Nextcloud 12 and want to keep your data secure, request access to the Long Term Support service of Nextcloud GmbH for further security and stability updates.
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.
Of course, 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.