Enlarge / In case your new Chromebook advised you it is previous EOL, do not panic—so long as you had been operating Canary or Dev, that’s. (When you had been operating Secure or Beta, it’s possible you’ll proceed panicking.)

A variety of Chromebook and Chromebox customers do not understand this, however all ChromeOS units have an expiration date. Google’s authentic coverage was for units to be supported for 5 years, however the firm has not too long ago prolonged that point to six.5 years.

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

Google has been engaged on a strategy to warn customers six months forward of time that their system’s EOL date is approaching to permit them to plan with rather less time-sensitive desperation. However customers operating the Canary and Dev early-preview ChromeOS builds found a bug within the new code the exhausting method. After any reboot, brand-new units began warning “that is the final automated software program and safety replace for this Chromebook. To get future updates, improve to a more recent mannequin.”

Fortunately, the code had not but made it to steady—and even beta—builds, so few customers had 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 may not have the warning fastened till someday this week.

Alternatively, in case you’re not operating a Canary or Dev construct and you’ve got gotten a message about your system being past its assist 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; in case you’re keen to get your arms soiled, you’ll be able to nonetheless set up Linux as a completely bootable OS, which can by no means expire on you, utilizing chrx. (That is how I get Linux alone small fleet of Chromebooks, which I exploit for multi-station Wi-Fi testing.)

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

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