Suddenly, a wrench in the works. DU just released it's first Release Candidate (RC) of Oreo (Android 8.1). I thought, cool. Their RCs are pretty stable. It was mentioned in a discussion that, while there is no bootloader check in the ROM yet, it probably would be best to have the updated bootloader and radios from Oreo. I'm still sitting on the DU eqivalent of Android 7.1.2 So I thought, great, I'll just go break out Nexus Root Toolkit, flash stock Android 8.1, then re-unlock the bootloader, re-root and there I go. That's when I found out the sad news I had missed because I have been so happy with my Nexus 6p setup for so long that I had missed it. WUGs is no longer working on, supporting or updating the Toolkit, apparently because of being set upon by trolls. Don't know much more than that. This toolkit has been invaluable to me for quickly going between stock and rooted. Simple and reliable. Now I'm faced with some choices of how to proceed. 1) I'm pretty sure NRT still works. It has a factory image for Android 7.1.1. Im pretty confident I could use it to go to stock-locked-unrooted 7.1.1 and then let the updates roll from Google servers. However, I wouldn't trust the Toolkit with Oreo. So, the question is, could I go back to lving without root. Not the only option here, but that's option 1. The only reason i really use root anymore (and the only reason I use alternate ROMs) is to get rid of Google bloat and to create nandroid backups. And, yes, those are important to me, but I might be able to live without those options, especialy because I'm lazy. 2) Whether I use the toolkit or not, learn finally how to use fastboot like all the XDA folks insist i should. Learn how to unlock the bootloader, install an alternate recovery and root, all using ADB and fastboot. A lot of study up front, but in the long run it would really pay off. However, I have a lot on my plate right now, so do I really want to invest in that? 3) Go ahead and flash DU Oreo and just see how long I can go without getting in trouble. 4) I have a really nice DU 11/ Android 7.1.2 setup that I'm really happy with. Honestly, I could go quite a while just as I am which is why I was happy to wait for DU Oreo. Trouble is, it is no longer getting updates (still on October). I'm thinking I will choose either #1 or #3 and then take my time learning Fastboot, probably on Linux. But I am really unhappy about the loss of NRT.