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Smack 4.2.0 released

Posted by Flow Champion Mar 20, 2017

Around two years ago, on 2015-03-29 to be precise, Smack 4.1.0 was tagged and released. A few days ago I've tagged and released Smack 4.2.0 to Maven Central. The 4.2.0 release marks a milestone for Smack, but before I got into the exciting new features, I'd like to thank the various contributors:

 

$ git shortlog -sn 4.1.0..4.2.0

   459  Florian Schmaus

     8  Fernando Ramirez

     3  Anno van Vliet

     3  Tibo-lg

     3  damencho

     3  ramabit

     2  Andrey Starodubtsev

     2  Vyacheslav Blinov

     2  stawny

     1  Andrey Prokopenko

     1  Craig

     1  Daniel Hintze

     1  Dave Cridland

     1  David Black

     1  Dmitry Deshevoy

     1  Grigory Fedorov

     1  Hugues Bruant

     1  Ishan Khanna

     1  TheHaf

     1  Tomas Nosek

     1  Tomáš Havlas

     1  UltimateZero

     1  Vaibhav

     1  meisterfuu

     1  rohanag12

     1  vfite

 

I can not remember when Smack had so many contributors. Thanks everyone and keep the contributions coming.

 

The notable changes to Smack 4.2 include support for DNSSEC (thanks to a previous MiniDNS GSOC project), JIDs as first class citizens by using JXMPP's JID API, and tons of other improvements, new features and bug fixes. You can read more in the Smack 4.2 Readme and Upgrade Guide and the Smack's JIRA release notes.

 

Last but not least, thanks to Bilal Siddiq, Smack now has a logo.

 

Ever wanted to contribute to open source? Are you interested in XMPP/DNS/DNSSEC? Google gives students the chance to work on open source projects and get paid for it as part of Google's Summer of Code 2017. The XSF acts as umbrella organization for projects like Smack and MiniDNS [4]. Feel free to contact me in the gsoc@muc.xmpp.org if you are interested in participating or if you want to discuss your own Smack/MiniDNS related project ideas.

Chrome version 57 makes a breaking change to webrtc that breaks Openfire Meetings. For details, read this.

You can apply a work-around by using the meetings settings admin web page to force a "negotiate" rtcpMuxPolicy as shown in the screen shot below.

 

ofmeet.jpg

 

Otherwise, upgrade to version 0.3.29 from github here.

 

The 0.4.x branch is now up-to-date with the latest Jitsi code including the mobile Jitsi-Meet applications for iPhone and Android. It can be previewed from here. It is still work in progress. If you test it with the mobile app, enter the full URL of your Jitsi-Meet application (https://<your-server>:7443/ofmeet/jitsi-meet/<room name>) and ensure your Openfire allows anonymous xmpp connections.

For many years now, Google is orchestrating its "Summer of Code" program. GSoC aims to bring student developers into the open source community, during the summer holidays.

 

As it did before, the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) will act as an umbrella organisation for this years edition of GSoC. The Ignite Realtime community is open to accept students under this umbrella.

 

If you're a student and interested in working on one of our projects as part of GSoC, you should get in contact! We've prepared a number of teaser tasks as well as project ideas, all of which are available in the XSF wiki.

I have added Kaiwa XMPP web client to the Chat API plugin. I hope to extend it with the audio/video conferencing stuff from Openfire Meetings later on.

kaiwa2.jpg

First time you use it (https://your_server:7443/apps), you will get a prompt to enter your Openfire username/password. It works best with the websocket plugin.

 

**UPDATE**

This plugin is broken with the latest Openfire 4.1.4 version as the websocket it depends on has a show stopping issue with External SASL authentication. Until we can source a solution, I suggest you use Openfire 4.1.3 and below.

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