Hi Louis @lp3825 –
Commons in a Box manages nine core plugins and a default theme so that they all work together. When an upgrade to one of these plugin takes place, we need to ensure that it will work okay with the other plugins and the theme, and if it doesn’t , we need to make some changes before releasing a new version of CBOX. You can, of course, jump ahead to new versions of the various plugins – but be advised that you are circumventing one of nicest features about CBOX – that it provides a stable and tested platform where all components work together.
I know our dev team is working on a new version of CBOX which will include the updates you listed.