Hey Craig, I know EXACTLY what you mean. RL Work + Sick sucks... been sick myself for 2 weeks now...
Can I suggest one addendum to the release plan?
1.4.0 is a "new features" release, and with our small test base I'd be surprised if there isn't at least a bug or two? Lets leave 1.4.1 for bug fixes only to 1.4.0. And then 1.4.2 start adding "new features that may break compatibility".
I'm still mid patch that changes a few things across the board and combines some missing patches dating back to b89-b90. I'll try and finish that up this month.
And to the "Package JRE". It's easy enough for "Windows" and can probably do Linux easy enough (I have a Debian file server I can test on, and Craig can help as well" but for Mac, I haven't a clue. Any Mac Devs out there? And what JRE should we use at this point? I assume latest 1.7?