What is a Beta / Development Release? What are Channels?
CloudReady shares the same selection of channels as Chromebooks, starting with version 53.
Whatever the terms elsewhere, our Beta and Development channels are specifically used to release fixes for urgent issues affecting our paid customers. Our v53 Beta, for example, fixed the widespread Chrome User Sync Bug as well as TestNAV application failures endemic to v52.
Our v59 release on Development channel provides fixes for touchscreen and graphics compatibility issues that many of our customers experienced on v57.
Please note: our Beta and Development channels are intended for bug-fixing only! When switching to Beta or Development channel, you cannot revert back to a prior stable version, and must wait for the subsequent stable release to switch back to stable.
For example, using v59-Development means your next Stable update can only be v60-stable or greater. This means that, if there are any gamebreaking bugs included in the unstable Beta / Development release, you'll be stuck with those issues until you reinstall the prior stable, or until the next stable update.
To learn how to toggle back and forth between Beta / Development and Stable channels, check out this article!