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January 28, 2010
The Windows server VM has been added to the farm and the first 32-bit and 64-bit snapshot kits of Firebird versions 2.1, 2.5 and 3.0 have been automatically copied over to the snapshots area on the web server. V.2.0 snapshots won't be produced on this server because of MSVC runtime incompatibility. We'll let you know when an alternative is found.
January 26, 2010
The problem with creating new accounts in the Tracker is fixed. However, the "captcha" images provided by JIRA are not always good and it doesn't provide the ability to request a better one. If you can't read the image, you have to start over, sorry.

Memory exhaustion problems with the JVM that have been causing JIRA to crash in the past days seem to have been righted, at least for now. Thanks again, Pavel.
January 24, 2010
Broadview Software has created two new VMs for the project's developers and testers to use as build farms for POSIX and Windows, respectively. This enables us to automate the daily snapshot builds and transfer them each day at approximately midnight GMT to the pre-release area for field testing.

At the moment, most of the Linux builds are available from the Snapshots page. Sergey will continue making his regular Linux builds available as a backup source. More news about other platforms and possibly other snapshot kits as the build farm develops.
January 19, 2010
The problem with the tracker.firebirdsql.org URL has now been resolved and old bookmarks should work again.

There is still a problem with Java that is preventing the creation of new accounts in the Tracker system: some point in the layering does not like the OpenJDK. Pavel is working on that. In the meantime, if you don't have a Tracker account and need to file a bug report, please subscribe to the Firebird-devel list and post the problem description there.
January 13, 2010
Firebird's Jira Tracker is now restored on the new VM, with data up to 5 December 2009. However, we have lost attachments from the last two years. Missing ticket headers from after Dec 5 will need to be reconstructed from notification messages.

The version of Jira is slightly newer than we had before, although it is not V.4.x, due to platform problems with the Tomcat layer. We now have some new features, including FishEye integration, already configured for the CORE project. Some reporting plug-ins may be missing: if so, it will take some forensics to detect which ones they were and whether they are compatible with the new setup. The Subversion and CVS integration plug-ins are installed and working.

Note that the URL is temporarily slightly different to what it was previously, so your old bookmark won't work properly. Once the re-licensing issues are sorted out, the URL will revert to the previous one.

This has been a difficult recovery. In short, we just didn't have the failure protection we thought we had and we failed to cover the unannounced disappearance of the project worker who set up Jira originally. The recovery task was achieved thanks to the huge effort and dedication of Pavel Cisar, who took on the task a month ago, single-handedly, as a "greenie". Some steps still remain to be done but the Tracker is open for business!
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