The much exaggerated death of the WiX toolset.

If you watch the front page of the WiX toolset's web site and get notifications for changes to the Windows Installer XML News on SourceForge and subscribe to this blog then this is the third time you've seen this content. I apologize for the message in triplicate but there seem to be a surprising number of people that seem to believe that the WiX toolset has been abandoned because there has not been an update to the WiX SourceForge page in a while.

To combat that belief I am posting this notice widely:

There has been some suggestion that the WiX toolset is a dead project because we have not released a drop to the SourceForge release point in a long while. Those fears are unfounded for three reasons. First, WiX v2 is stable so we are not expecting another build of that version unless a showstopper bug shows up. Second, weekly drops show up at the Weekly Releases release point regularly. Finally, pushing to the SourceForge release point is a manual process for us and thus a lower priority. In any case, development is still very much active and the wix-users mailing list is still the best place to get your questions answered.

At the same time, I'm going to re-evaluate whether ignoring the content on the (IMHO) "fugly" SourceForge pages is a good idea. The freshness of the data presented there makes a larger first impression than I anticipated.

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