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The State of the Ignite Realtime Community

You probably have noticed many recent changes with Ignite Realtime! Thanks to the help of @Benjamin Sherman of Jive Software, the entire suite of Ignite Realtime servers and infrastructure have been migrated to a Contegix hosted location external to Jive. This was done so that the community could take administrative control of Ignite Realtime and push projects forward as we wanted without relying on help from Jive Software.


So has Jive Software abandoned Ignite Realtime? No! They continue to generously fund the infrastructure and colocation costs at Contegix. They also will participate with the community when appropriate. The community is now in tasked with moving projects forward!

So how will this work? At the moment, there is a handful of active community members that have been working hard to get the infrastructure setup. This infrastructure includes:


So who is running the show here? We currently do not have any formal community leadership process in place. The handful of us that are currently getting the infrastructure setup have been working together to make decisions to move Ignite Realtime forward. With more community involvement and interest, we’ll certainly wish to formalize roles and responsibilities soon.

So when will project X on Ignite make a new release? Depends Here is a brief summary of the various projects status:

  • Openfire is very close to a 3.7.0 beta release. @Guus der Kinderen and others have been working hard to squash remaining bugs and get a formal beta release out the door.
  • Spark continues to struggle along and sure could use some developers to help get a formal release out the door. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out.
  • XIFF released version 3.0.0 just this week thanks to the work of @Mark Walters. Congratulations on the new release!
  • Smack has seen recent development and could use more developers to help progress things along.
  • Tinder is developed by Guus and he continues to make improvements to the library projects like Openfire uses.
  • Spark Web has not seen development on Ignite for quite some time. Community member @Dele Olajide has made a number of improvements to spark web on the version he maintains offsite.
  • Whack could use some development help, so please let us know if you are interested.

At the end of the day, the productivity of the Ignite Realtime Community depends on you! We have been given the power to push projects forward as fast as we wish, so let us take advantage of this wonderful infrastructure setup provided by Jive Software.

Onward and upward!


Go go Ignite! As about Spark, i think it is possible to release Beta even with current state. But i don’t know is it possible to do. I see that it doesn’t have nightly builds in Bamboo. Also it is using different installer now.