The upcoming platform update is scheduled for August 23rd, 2016.

ChromeDriver gets an update with version 2.23.

Git has been updated to version 2.9.3.

MySQL receives an update with version 5.6.32.

Node.js gets an update with version 6.3.1.

Oracle JDK 8 has been updated to version 8u101.

PHP gets three version updates with 7.0.9, 5.6.24, and 5.5.38.

RabbitMQ has been updated to version 3.6.5.

New things

The following additions will be available after switching to the release candidate platform.

Go 1.7 is now part of the platform. To use it, add change-go-version 1.7 to your setup commands. This version will be selectable in Project Settings after the release candidate period ends.

A new tool called install-package has been added to the platform. Its main purpose is to install and cache packages from APT. Instead of using sudo apt-get install , use install-package . It will preserve the installed packages and re-use them in consequent builds, avoiding always needing to fetch them from an APT mirror. Please keep in mind that this tool is still under development, so do let us know if you run into any issues.

Trying the new platform

To ensure that the updates are compatible with your current setup, please switch to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS v1608 (release candidate) platform in Project Settings > Platform. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback and requirements, which will help us to fix the potential issues and tailor the platform to better suit your needs. The release candidate period will last until August 23rd, 2016.

Changes in the final release

Java 7 gets an update with version 7u111.

The Docker-enabled platform gets two updates with docker-engine 1.12.0 and docker-compose 1.8.0.

A full list of changes is available in the platform changelog.