[freenet-dev] Freenet 0.7.5 build 1453 (and installer changes)

Matthew Toseland matthew at toselandcs.co.uk
Fri Aug 23 16:23:45 BST 2013

Freenet 0.7.5 build 1453 is now available. Please let us know if you have any problems updating. This includes Web of Trust version 13, which has some major improvements including much better support for recovering old identities from backups, and some minor bugfixes and robustness improvements for the updater, but the main change is to the installers:

We now use an up to date version of the wrapper in both the Windows installer and the Linux/Mac installer. For new installs, this should fix some of the antivirus problems on Windows (notably issues with Freenet taking ages to restart and sometimes not succeeding at all on Kaspersky). 

It should also improve the stability problems on Linux when updating, where Freenet would download a new build and then constantly restart without ever successfully updating. If you see that bug on an old node, the correct fix is to shut down the node manually and start it up again (./run.sh stop; ./run.sh start). If you see it on a new node (installed at 1453 or later), please let us know that the bug isn't fixed! 

Finally, the Unix/Mac installer now supports a few more platforms, notably FreeBSD on x86 (32 and 64), Linux on Itanium, and Linux on ARM (both versions). This is not full support as we don't have the (optional but important) native libraries for these platforms yet, but it should install, run, and auto-update without too much trouble, rather than having to run without the wrapper. Let me know if you want any other platforms, see the download page for JSW for what we can easily support.

None of this applies to existing installs. romnGit is working on a tool to upgrade the wrapper on existing Windows installs, and upgrading it on Mac or Linux should be fairly straightforward, but is not implemented yet.

Thank you for using Freenet!
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