CommCare Cloud release notes 2023-03-29

2023-03-23 Upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04

On April 1, 2023, the operating system that commcare-cloud has supported for the last 4-5 years, Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”, will reach its end of life for support from its maintainer.

We are requiring that all CommCare HQ instances be upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04 “Jammy Jellyfish” by July 1, 2023, in order to continue using commcare-cloud. Failure to update by this date will result in increasingly unexpected behavior possibly including downtime and data loss.

Schedule maintenance for a time well before July 1, 2023, during which you should expect a downtime of up to many hours. We also recommend making contingency plans in case issues arise during the first attempt at applying this maintenance. For example, you may want to set an early date in April, with backup dates in May and June in case issues arise during the first attempt.

2023-03-09 Update Node to v16

Node.js 14.x LTS is reaching its end of life 30th April 2023, so node and npm must be upgraded on all machines.

About these release notes

If you run your own CommCare instance, these release notes are for you. As always, see the changelog for the most up to date release notes and release note history.

These release notes are not simply for your information, they are instructions for you to follow.

Each change includes manual steps for you to follow to apply changes to your environment configuration or infrastructure that will allow you to be on the latest versions of commcare-cloud and commcare-hq.

Inside the instructions for applying the maintenance for each change, it will tell you whether there are any environments it may not be necessary for. When in doubt, apply the steps for every change.