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Spark 2.7.0 Released

Blog Post created by wroot Champion on Apr 24, 2015

The Ignite Realtime community has released Spark 2.7.0 for general availability and it can be downloaded from Ignite Realtime: Downloads (Note: there are no working Mac OS X installer as our current build environment has no working setup for Mac, also Spark has lots of issues on the current Mac OS versions and the community has no active Mac OS developers willing to step in).

 

This release is a mandatory one to use with the recently released Openfire 3.10.0. As 2.6.3 version has issues connecting to the new server version. Though there is a not recommended workaround to revert to using Old SSL setting, which is less secure than TLS. The community strongly advises to upgrade to 2.7.0 version. Even if you are not planning to update to 3.10.0 release of Openfire yet. Spark hasn't seen a release in almost 3 years, but it was constantly evolving. Many fixes and improvements have been applied to the code since the last release. Some users have it deployed in the production environment for years and find it more stable than 2.6.3 version (as myself with 200+ user base).

 

We are sad that currently Spark has no Project Lead and there are no active contributors to this project. So, fixes and new features may not come up quickly. We hope open source community will embrace and improve this project in the future. You can start sharing your patches on the GitHub. If you find new issues, you can report them in the forums and we will at least file them in the bug tracker for the future developers to tackle.

 

Here's a list of some important fixes/changes:

[SPARK-1074] Sending part doesnt get a notification about the transfer cancellation - Jive Software Open Source

[SPARK-1362] No confirmation on the sender's part that the file transfer completed  - Jive Software Open Source

[SPARK-1397] Fix the displaying of system tray icons - Jive Software Open Source  (minor one, but not for such a picky person as i am, Spark icon now looks much nicer)

[SPARK-1414] Chat window is not flashing when receiving new message on Windows 7 64 bit - Jive Software Open Source

[SPARK-1525] Update smack - Jive Software Open Source  (huge update for Spark and this is probably the cause why 2.6.3 can't connect to newer Openfire as it uses older Smack library)

[SPARK-1524] Spark is not reconnecting automatically after connection loss - Jive Software Open Source

[SPARK-1546] Spark visually shows that a message is not sent - Jive Software Open Source  (one of the most annoying bugs in 2.6.3)

 

Also the Conversation history dialog has been completely reworked and should load faster and should be easier to navigate. Java has been updated to the recent 1.7.0 version, which should fix issues with some timezones. There are also numerous memory leak fixes. You can find the full changelog here: Spark Changelog

 

There are also some open issues. Like the still broken voice chat module. One of the past Spark maintainers cstux has started a work on fixing this, but it is moving slowly. File transfers may not work between 2.6.3 and 2.7.0 versions because of many changes to this functionality in 2.7.0. This is a somewhat frightening list of open issues (though many are minor) Spark - Jive Software Open Source So, again, we encourage Java developers to move this project forward.

 

Here are sha1sums for the downloads:

 

      sha1sum                                                              filename

1f74720be219fda89c450869291c0f15116f7c89  spark_2_7_0.deb

4f6c5b0c6ee7eb876509e724032222e1c997e8b1  spark_2_7_0.exe

db25cd5cf0871bdd3dd1ca5ed22592b99f57d37e  spark_2_7_0.tar.gz

0ab7bcfdebf6177399bf3107d0d26c22869b5795  spark-2.7.0.rpm

ab1f1e2ca5def7801d64183bfcb5d54697292e71  spark-2.7.0.src.rpm

eac98c6a9123170b52160499bfe8857c68d1d736  online/spark_2_7_0_online.exe

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