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The Ignite Realtime Community is pleased to announce the 4.0.4 release of Openfire. Openfire is a cross-platform real-time collaboration server based on the XMPP (Jabber) protocol. This release signifies our ongoing effort to produce a stable 4.0 series release while continuing to work toward a 4.1 release. A changelog of fixes is available and indicates 16 issues resolved.
As a reminder, Openfire's source code and development can be found on Github and an active developer discussion occurs within our email@example.com groupchat. Please consider helping out with Openfire's development! We can use help in about all areas of development, but especially:
Thank you for your interest in Openfire!
The Ignite Realtime community has just released Spark 2.8.2 and it can be downloaded from Ignite Realtime: Downloads .
This is a regular update. But there is a change, which can affect new users. "Accept all certificates" option on the Adanced menu on the Login screen won't be enabled by default for new users from now on. This option makes Spark automatically accept expired, self-signed and other incorrect TLS certificates. Which makes it less secure. If you are using self-signed certificates, your new users will have to enable this option manually (once). Or you can add this option to a preconfigured spark.properties file, if you distribute it to new users. Old users won't be affected by this (those upgrading straight from 2.7 version will still be affected). We encourage server admins to use certificates from trusted authorities (e.g. Let's Encrypt). This version also includes 4.1.9 update for Smack, which has a fix for a critical security vulnerability.
UPDATE (2016/11/29): it looks like Spark is not saving settings on Advanced menu, if a user has never opened it. For such users "Accept all certificates" setting will be disabled after updating to 2.8.2 from any version. They will have to go to Advanced menu and enable it, if they encounter "Unable to verify a certificate" error.
Those who are using Client Control plugin will have to update it to version 2.1.0 as Spark 2.8.2 is already modified to work with that version and it will miss many menus and checkboxes if being used with an older version of that plugin. 2.1.0 version requires Openfire 4.0.0 at least. If you are using older version of Openfire and want to keep using Client Control, you might want to hold of updating to Spark 2.8.2.
We also would like to mention SparkMeet plugin provided by our long time contributor Dele Olajide. Hopefully we will find a way to bundle this plugin with Spark or provide other options to use it. You can also vote here and tell what you think about it. Initial commit is done and its in Spark's source code sparkmeet plugin - initial release by deleolajide · Pull Request #253 · igniterealtime/Spark · GitHub.
For a complete list of changes please check Spark Changelog
As usually we encourage new developers to join Spark project and provide patches. Those familiar with Smack can join the development easier, as we are now using the latest stable version (4.1.9). Patches can be attached in the forums or submitted as PRs on GitHub.
Here are the contributors to this release (besides myself):
freeseawind · GitHub contributed new skin for Spark - LittleLuck
Alexander198961 (Aleksander Kovtunenko) · GitHub fixed the issue with Spark freezing on exit because of a faulty plugin
Michael added more settings to default.properties and Client Control plugin, fixed showing of an empty Unfiled group and a few other issues
Martini26 updated Polish translation
speedy fixed an issue with systray icon switching to regular one when it should be DND or Away and a few issues with invisible mode
nicoben (Nico Ben) · GitHub updated Italian translation
Here are sha1 checksums for the downloads:
A critical security vulnerability has been found in Smack. Please upgrade immediately to Smack 4.1.9. Like all Smack releases with the same major and minor version numbers, 4.1.9 is a drop in replacement for all Smack 4.1 releases. Smack 4.1.9 is available on Maven Central.
The Ignite Realtime community would like to thank Sylvain Sarméjeanne for discovering and reporting the vulnerability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lately, I have stared to use Spark client again alongside Skype for Business which I use daily for my professional work. My renewed interest in Spark came initially to have a look at the hard work wroot, guus and the rest of the igniterealtime community had put into Spark 2.8.1 and also to access the chat rooms at igniterealtime, especially the IRF.
I use Openfire Meetings myself from time to time and had developed a basic plugin for Spark that allows users to join audio and video conferences hosted by Openfire Meetings. See the documentation for more details. It provides a button from a Multi User Chat (MUC) room or chat window within the Spark client, to open a Chrome window using the same URL as the Jitsi Meet web client. It therefore assumes you have Chrome installed and configured as your default browser. It works, but the user experience is not ideal.
I had done some work with Java Chrome Embedded Framework (java-cef) a while back and decided to use it directly instead of depending on Chrome installed and configured as the default browser. I spent my weekend working on it and this what I have to show for my effort
It is a much better user experience than opening a Chrome browser window out of context somewhere else. Like everything in life, there is a price to pay. It does not do screen sharing and does not work on OSX. (don't know how to configure java-cef for OSX). I have tested it at home on my windows win32 desktop and will test it tomorrow at work on my win64 desktop. I would appreciate any feedback from Linux users.
The source code is on the Ignite Realtime GitHub repo and PRs are welcome especially to make it work on Macs (OSX)
I have given up on java-cef. The lack of current pre-built binaries and missing features like screen share makes it difficult to work with. Our UI expert at work suggested I tried Electron Atom instead. It proved to be very good advice. Whole screen sharing is now available. Desktop sharing and remote control to come later. You will need Openfire Meetings 0.3.28 and above to use it and the pre-built Electron run-time files are available for Windows, Linux and OSX unlike java-cef.. Spark will take a take a minute or two to start after the plugin is deployed. Any feedback on OSX and Linux will be appreciated.
A few months ago, I wrote about the relocation of our community. The bits and bolts that power our community have since been migrated, and all is running wel. During that progress, we had a couple of awkward moments along the lines of: "to whom will Jive transfer ownership of the DNS records for Ignite?" We started , and concluded that it would be good to have a legal entity to represent our community.
We've been working on a plan ever since, that today, I'd like to share with you. We're planning to start a foundation, the Ignite Realtime Foundation. Its objective: to promote, support and advance development of software in the Ignite Realtime Open Source community.
If you're interested in this effort, have questions, or want to contribute in effort or resources, please reach out. We've set up a new chat room at email@example.com that we use for discussions on the subject.