Hi folk! There will be a Spark 2.5.9. I’ve done a lot of work on it, as has slushpuppie. It’s a tad overwhelming to look at all of the open issues with it. I must admit I’m not “ahead” of my Openfire work like I had hoped to be, and that takes priority. If I can get back on top so to speak, I’d like to clean up Spark and package it up. I’ll probably put out a beta first because well… I did a lot of adjustments to the core code. I might even put it out as 2.6.0. We’ll see. If that’s the case, 2.5.9 might actually not happen. lol but in a different way. =D
I use 2.5.9/trunk on a regular basis and for the most part it’s going well, but there are definitely some isms here and there that will need to be addressed.
I never did manage to get a solid auto-build of the MSI installer. I think I’m going to have to punt on that and just build it manually when the time comes.
The KYWINS.EXE issue is weird. It’s not a virus, I know where it came from, it was a custom build for the University of Kentucky at one point. Why it got into the MSI installer though is beyond me. I’m not entirely sure why we are distributing the .pack’d files. Yes it makes for a smaller download, but it’s clearly causing more problems than it’s worth. I think I might unpack at build time and put that out. There were a couple of concerns last time about why the Spark installer got so small, and the .pack files I believe are your answer. If we unpack them, should get bigger again, but should you know… function.
As always, if folk are interested in diving in and helping with Spark, I’d absolutely love to have some patches/assistance, as clearly this isn’t my primary focus. I also have a separate project in the works that would enable us to add OTR support to Spark. See http://sourceforge.net/projects/jotr/, and if anyone thinks that would be fun/interesting to work with, bring it. =) heheheh I’m half considering submitting it for a google summer of code thing under the XMPP foundation if that’s possible.