Now we have tested the SVN version of PyMSNt for some time on msn-beta.jabber.no and it has proved feature rich and stable. Since it has been upated quite frequently I have felt we could not run it as our maing transport, but now the last few weeks the updates has been few and all functionality has been added for the most part. Now it only remains to test it properly.
Hope all will appreciate this new transport and that it will work just as well, and beter, than the old one. There will probably be some adjustments to be made the next weeks but nothing major. Should be quite stable.
I just tested file transfer between Windows Live Messenger and Gajim 0.9.1 both ways and it worked very well.
We had to restart the firewall today and therefor the service was unavailable for a little while. When it was restarting I reconfigured ejabberd and put in a couple of new modulse that is supposed to give us some more statistics to put out on the web page. Will be getting back to this soon.
Other than this there is nothing much to report. This weekend I will maybe move msn.jabber.no over to the svn version but I have to see if I have the time. Also we probably should run both double up a few days so people can migrate over.
Have a nice weekend! 😀
Now Microsoft has made a new Messenger, the one that will be the new version 8.0 when released. They have decided to give it a new name, Windows Live Messenger but it is really not that new. The beta testing is closed and distributed by invitations, and I got such an invitation from the py-transports mailing list and have therefor tested it. The client has new colors, a little fresher than the old, but I think many will have problems with the default orange :). Still it is full of comercials, buttons and stuff like the old one (I think it is becoming very bloated..!).
When it comes to the new stuff there will now be support for folder sharing, and offline message sending (which has been supported in ICQ forever, and in Jabber form the start!). The folder file sharing thing does not work yet but the offline message sending does. And I am happy to inform you that James on the PyMSNt devel team has already started to look into how to implement this support in the transport. Looking forward to that!
Soon the 0.11 version of the transport is ready, giving support for file transfers both ways with the new MSN Messenger clients. I have considered swapping the msn-beta over to the msn transport one of these days since the beta transport has proven pretty stable. Basically the only problems has been when upgrading it or when there has been problems with Ejabberd. I think hoever that the 0.11 release is pretty immident so I will wait for a few more days. Should there not come a realease we go over to running the CVS version in production for a while. Just note that the msn-beta users need to re-register on the msn transport since the msn-beta will be removed.
In norwegian at least we have a say that an accident seldom comes alone, and so it has been for us tonight. The server just stalled on us, without an error message. I will go through the logs to see if I can find out what happended, but for now at least everything seems to be in order.
Unfortunately we had some downtime from tonight to this morning. The problem was an unstable Cisco router that was dropping packets. When I was informed of the problem it only required a quick restart and everything seems to be working again. We apologice for the problems this has caused for all users.
There was a problem with the MSN transport today, seemed hung up in a loop. I upgraded it to version 0.10.3 to fix the problem and it seems to be running smooth again now. Thanks to Martin Groth for reporting the problem to me.
Will also just remind everyone that 0.11 is coming along on msn-beta.jabber.no. There is support for file sending and receiving at the momemt, although sending is a litt unstable. Not so long till we upgrade! 🙂
Finally we can announce the opening of Google Talk to the rest of the Jabber Network. We have already tested this on Jabber Norway and it works, but for now we should consider this a test phase. Nevertheless this is great news for Jabber and XMPP whom just got a great big stable server that is a good alternative to MSN, Yahoo and AIM.
For more information read Google Talkabout: XMPP Federation.
The next version of the MSN transport is undergoing heavy development these days. A few weeks ago I installed an msn-beta.jabber.no transport based on the trunk svn code to test how it is coming along. The last few days there has been added support for file transfer with the new MSN type clients (MSN 7.5 etc). Legacy support for Windows Messenger is still not working but is coming soon.
Note that the file transfer support is for receiving files at this moment, but the sending part is going to be added in a few days, maybe a couple of weeks worst case. No guarantees!
If you should choose to test the msn-beta transport this will not have the same uptime as msn.jabber.no. I svn update and patch the sources pretty often, with the subsequent restart. Last week I restarted the transport on an average twice a day. If you want to follow the development of the transport you can look into the mailing list.
Should you choose to test the msn-beta transport just go ahead, but remember when we migrate from test to production on msn.jabber.no I will not migrate the spool from msn-beta. This will result in that nicknames and roster sorting you have done will get lost. All contacts will be saved (they are saved on the MSN servers!) For those just sticking to msn.jabber.no they will get the spool upgraded.
I guess it will take perhaps a few months till file support will be added to the msn.jabber.no transport. If the support gets good enought to test it in production I will probably implement it. Even if it has not yet gotten released.
Happy testing! 🙂
Since we have a lot of users that does not speak our native toungue we have decided to put up another page with english information. The basic mission of Jabber Norway is to provide a secure, upgraded and feature rich jabber server with good uptime and stability. We like to be current on versions of ejabberd and transports so we upgrade pretty quick. This might be a problem some times but for the most this has worked fine for our users. Every time we do service we send out a message on the server for online users so everyone knows what is going on.
More information on the english page will come soon. For now, just register on the Jabber server and start enjoying!