Latest Spark builds

I’ve been watching Jive’s open source Spark XMPP chat client for awhile. Within the last month it looks like they’ve finally moved forward into version 2.7.0 this month. Yay.

This is good news because the last official release of Spark was 2.6.3 on July 1, 2011. There have been significant improvements and fixes committed to TRUNK since then, but the version hasn’t incremented over that entire time. Hopefully this will be posted as an official release on the project site soon.

The latest builds of Spark for all platforms can be found by going over to:

The preview Release Notes for 2.7.0 are a sight for sore eyes, revealing the truckload of fixes contained in this version (including the bundling of Java 7).

Note: Following the building of 2.7.0 on February 28, 2014, a hot fix labelled 2.7.1 was introduced on March 11, 2014. I haven’t yet seen the binary build but will be testing it once it becomes available.

I’ve also successfully got the latest rpm to work on Fedora 19 after a little tweaking of the /usr/bin/spark script (basically replacing it with a very simple one liner that launches the main bootstrap script under /usr/share/spark), and created the necessary spark.desktop file to get it onto the Gnome menu.

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