As I'm sure you are aware, the release of Minecraft 1.0 is right around the corner. I urge everyone to backup their minecraft installation so that they can safety check out the new release, and still roll back to version 1.8 to play on the server. That's right, the server will not be upgrading for AT LEAST a week. If past minecraft releases are any indication, there will be bugs, there will be many patches, and things will break. Rest assured though, we will upgrade as soon as it becomes sensible to do so.