Quick Info
It has now been two weeks since the release of Minecraft 1.5, and a week since the release of 1.5.1. There is no question that Spigot has been in a hive of development activity in these last weeks, both from our own patches, and upstream CraftBukkit changes. We now feel it is time to recommend one of our builds for general availability to all server admins and game server providers. For this promotion we have selected the following build: #735, as it contains a number of critical exploit fixes, and we believe it to be the most stable and efficient Spigot build at this point. As with all this rapid development, there have been too many changes to count, however some highlights which may interest you guys include.
  • Update to Minecraft 1.5.1
  • Ability to customize orebfuscated blocks
  • Major performance improvements with map rendering
  • Allow BungeeCord to pass the players real IP to the server
  • More checks to ensure plugins cannot accidentally crash the server
  • Entity tracking ranges to reduce the distance at which entities are sent to the client
(to gloss over the full changes, see: https://github.com/EcoCityCraft/Spigot/compare/72123...1864e)

We, the Spigot team, would also just like to give a big thanks to how awesome you guys have been over these last few weeks, it was absolutely amazing for all of us to see over 200 of you in our IRC channel when 1.5 came out.

PS: You can chat with us on IRC @ http://www.spigotmc.org/pages/irc/ (#spigot irc.esper.net), or on TeamSpeak 3 @ talk.spigotmc.org

PPS: Remember to report all bugs you encounter in our IRC, or bug reporting forum sections, and not elsewhere (with the exception of plugin faults). Ensure that you are running the latest builds of your plugins and Spigot to...
Recommended Build Info:
Build Number: 617
Download Page: http://ci.md-5.net/job/Spigot/617/

Minecraft 1.5 is probably going to hit this Thursday, and we need to be prepared.
As you are probably well aware, development here at Spigot has been a hive of activity, and we are pleased to announce our second 1.4.7 recommended build.
There have honestly been so many commits that I can't summarise exactly what changed, however this will be our first recommended build with Netty support integrated!

Additionally in order to ensure 0 downtime for your server when 1.5 hits, we have included a snapshot-protocol option in the configuration. When enabled, this will make your server appear to be a server running the latest Minecraft snapshot build (in this case 1.5). It will not allow any new features to be used, but will be safe and stable from all crashes.
You may read about configuration options here: http://www.spigotmc.org/threads/802/

All the best, and good luck with 1.5!

~Spigot Team

PS: Join our new TeamSpeak 3 server at talk.spigotmc.org
We are proud to announce that Spigot now has a Teamspeak Server!
It is hoped that this server will be valuable in providing support, discussion, and just hanging out with other members of the community.

Teamspeak is a VOIP program that can be used to communicate with others - in particular, our community!

Please make sure to keep all conversations relatively civilized and polite - this server isn't for raging.

I have been put in charge of managing this server so if you want a new channel added, have a concern or suggestion or just need someone dealt with, reply to this thread or message me privately on the forums or IRC.

Server Information:
IP: talk.spigotmc.org
Port: 9987 (default)

Download Teamspeak 3:
http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads

Hope to see you awesome people soon!
~Spigot Team
In the interests of transparency, I would like to let you know what happened last night. We were DDOSd, and a fairly large one at that - one which our server could not cope with. The attack started at approximately 3am GMT and ended at about 11am GMT. The attack peaked at approximately 1.6gbps, or 232,311 packets per second.

EcoCityCraft also suffered a similar attack at around the same time, however we are unaware if these events are connected.

Thanks for sticking with us!
~Spigot Team
As you can see in this commit: https://github.com/EcoCityCraft/Spigot/commit/d212863aa7d03df4c33552f8ec75d96b32d87bce I have rewritten the entire Minecraft network engine. Needless to say there are bugs. First read the commit message below: