There are a few issues with svn-1696, such as lacking sqlite3 support.
Do not confuse the lack of built-in sqlite3 support for one particular build with the lack of functionality. I’ve been using svn-1696 happily with sqlite3 for a couple of months now, as have others.
If sqlite3 is a must-have feature for you, just roll your own build 😉
Other than that, well, Ron’s been quite quiet, but then it’s free software and anyone is welcome to pick firefly up and go on 😉