CloudReady - Source Code?



  • Forrest Smith

    Hi David,


    Parts of CloudReady are open source in the way you're describing (a GPL-style license), whereas other parts are not (Chromium the browser has a BSD license, which gives anyone permission to alter the code and provides no requirement that derivative code be open sourced).

    All that said - our goal is top be fair and provide source access to anyone who desires it, for all components.

    The infrastructure to always have our source available online  is expensive, so we adhere to the standard open-source requirement that written requests be honored within a reasonable time frame.


    So - that is all to say - I can get our dev team to export the source to you over the next couple of weeks - I will provide it via email. 

    Can you confirm we should go ahead with the export?

  • David McClellan

    Hey Forrest,

    That would actually be really cool! If you don't mind and it doesn't take away too much time for them to export it, I would greatly appreciate that. I don't want to put anyone out of their way to do so though. My answer is a yes, but no need to prioritize. 

    Thank you so much, you guys have been awesome from a personal and professional level in my eyes. I've been more than impressed. Thanks again

  • trisk

    I understand source requests are probably rare for you, and publishing change history directly may not be appropriate for your business or development needs. However, there are alternatives like making snapshots for each release that are basically painless once you have a process for It. It's not too different what you're already doing on demand anyway.

    It's pretty common practice, even in larger companies, to use free hosting such as GitHub these days to publish source. That removes most of the up-front cost that used to be involved. If you're concerned about e.g. people making malicious builds with your branding, those resources could be omitted.

    I think there's a lot the wider community could contribute to CloudReady and vice-versa. :)

  • Forrest Smith

    trisk - 


    It's clear you and others would be a benefit, and in the medium to long term we love the idea of developing in the open so that we move forward faster.


    However, that requires a level of product and community management that we don't have bandwidth for yet. For now we'll have to stick to old fashioned sharing.

  • taste2016

    You could even provide source dumps; at least every few months. Seems uploading tar.gz to github or could not cost you too much money.

  • Forrest Smith

    We should have a tar of everything sometime this week - sorry for the delay, just takes a little time to sort through everything.

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi everyone -


    Just in time to hit the 2 week deadline we set, I have a tar ball for you!




  • Roman Fomin

    Please, dump your stable or unstable sources to GitHub.

    I currently face some installer error -- I want to be able to create an issue for you on GitHub or fix it myself.


  • Forrest Smith



    It's no small task to "dump... to Github". As you might expect for a system this involved, there's a lot there, and a lot of both connections to Vanilla Chromium and copies of repos in Vanilla Chromium which we've forked.

    We also have hooks into our not-open-source build system which would need to be properly removed to prevent errors. 

    Since we're not currently in that state, we've only been providing source via tarball dumps like you see in this thread.


    What I'd recommend (and this is what our developers do internally as well, for the record) is to take a look at Vanilla Chromium OS, build and test to see if your issue is there. If it is, you should plan to send the fix to vanilla Chromium and we will, as a matter of course, also inherit it.

    If you issue is only in CloudReady, we can work with you to pinpoint where this issue comes from and then update to match the not-broken component in Vanilla Chromium OS. 


    This minimizes the delta between Vanilla Chromium OS (which we think is well-maintained for all but a few particular purposes) and CloudReady.



    We can also start by digging deeper into the details of your install error if you want to share them - maybe it doesn't require a code change?


    (If you just want source, my goal is not to obstruct - let me know and we'll bundle it up and pass it on).

  • codechippy

    Hi Forest

    Can we get an updated tarball.

    I have successfully built a a package for lm-sensors in cloudready 

    as I want to enable better power and fan control for high end cloudready configs.

    However I am missing the nct6775 driver to get detailed fan speed information.

    This looks likes its in the source tarball you posted above , but is not in /lib/modules/4.14.13+/kernel of cloudready home edition I am running. When I try to build the driver from the github source it needs the kernel header files.

    Can I also request that you include the module in your next release?





  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Codechippy,


    It takes a little time to pull together a source tarball, but we'll certainly be happy to do so if you give us a week or two.


    As for the driver you see in the old source but not the new source - that old source is old enough that I would guess the driver has been replaced or deprecated. If it is no longer present in the stable LTS Linux kernel we're shipping (4.14.13) that's probably because it was purposefully removed by the kernel maintainers in favor of a different system/tool of fan management. So, while you're welcome to try out whatever you'd like, I don't think it'll be likely that we'll add in that module in a future release unless it turns out that it was omitted by error, rather than on purpose.

  • codechippy

    Forest many thanks

    I will look to see if there has been a replacement for lm_sensors


  • codechippy

    So I built the kernel module using Crouton, and  it looks like the nct6775 driver is already there as part of the built in kernel drivers, so no need to create a module for it.

    Here is dmesg after trying to "sudo insmod nct6775.ko"

    and output of dmesg

    Looks like I will have to look at sysfs to see if I can find what is happening with fan control on my system




  • Forrest Smith


    codechippy et al,


    Here's a tar of our latest source. There are no API keys included, since those need to stay with us, but otherwise: have at!

  • taste2016

    Thank you as a humble user of Cloudready to Neverware. Have installed to many individual users that are always thankful. I really hope you are successful with your project/company. Would be great if you can bring some kind of CloudReady-Admin console (with a $5 subscription per individual laptop). Say then I can admin 5 different computers remotely.

    Or at least create Stripe account (not paypal .-() so that individual users can support your project by voluntary donations!

    I am constantly recommending it at every instance inside my organisation (who are very google-averse sorry).

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi taste2016.,

    We're happy to be of help..

    Administration controls do exist in the Education & Enterprise version - you get access to some controls for plugins and licensing at , and can opt for even more control via Google Chrome Management Licensing.


    You can compare versions here


    Thanks for your suggestion around contributions. We're looking into options on that front and would love help from our Home user community to keep the OS free and improve it, so keep an eye out for that! 

  • dragon788

    Hi Forest, it would be awesome if you guys could keep up a quarterly code drop cadence while you work towards making your modifications more shareable as well as easier to submit fixes or improvements to in the future.

    I've worked a few places that have had to manage keeping secrets out of source code as a general security and compliance practice which also improves the ability to make it shareable via open source. There are some linting/auditing tools that can help detect secrets in a corpus of code as well depending on what version control hosting you are using. Let me know if you would like more details and I'd be happy to supply them as I'm really excited to hear that you guys have acquired Flint OS and I hope you can continue their practice of publishing code on GitHub or elsewhere to make it easier for passionate technical people to build their own version and peek under the hood.

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi dragon,

    Your suggestion seems totally reasonable to me. We're a small crew, so devoting any resources to the administrative tasks of scrubbing code secrets and releasing source is meaningful for us since it's essentially a non-technical, non-value-additive task that only an engineer, our most valuable resource, can do.


    Maintaining our project openly on Github is a greater challenge - it may not be obvious, but those kinds of projects require a major time investment just to manage the community. We'd love to do it, but don't have the man hours at this point. Our hope is always that users who want to contribute to CloudReady can do so using the robust Chromium OS developer ecosystem. Anything contributed upstream to the main Chromium OS source will make its way to CloudReady as well. Even if the folks upstream don't want your change for various reasons, once you've worked on it using that toolchain it will be in a form that we can review too.   

    In the mean time, I think a discussion about quarterly source drops is pretty sensible as a first improvement, so we'll see if that's an option.

  • Alberto


    Would it possible to get the latest tarball for this month? I am working on project that requires some modifications for hardware support.

    Thanks in advance!

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