Update July 2nd: version 4.4.2 has been released by the Firestorm team, and Firestorm 4.4.1 has been blocked from accessing Second Life. If you have previously installed Firestorm 4.4.1, you can install 4.4.2 without needing a clean install. If you are updating from Firestorm 4.4.0 or earlier, a clean install is strongly recommended. The downloads can be found on the Firstorm website.
Firestorm 4.4.1 was release on June 27th. However, it will shortly be superseded with Firestorm 4.4.2.
The reason for this is explained in a new Firestorm blog post, but the short version is that due to a slight mishap, some additional logging capabilities which had been enabled during the beta release of 4.4.1 and which were intended to help Linden Lab gather information for the forthcoming release of Server-side Baking / Appearance were not removed from the viewer when it moved to release status.
As a result, the system the Lab uses to gether data on viewers is now being completely overwhelmed by the amount of data Firestorm 4.4.1 is sending to it. Although it has taken a few days for the problem to be identified and the Firestorm tem notified, the result is that they are now taking some emergency corrective action:
- With immeidate effect, version 18.104.22.168164 of Firestorm has been removed from the Firrestorm download page
- A new version for Firestorm is being prepared for release. This version – 4.4.2 – will be no different to 4.4.1 other than the removal of the additional statistics logging code
- When the new version is released, and to ensure the LL service is no longer inundated with excess data, Firestorm release 22.214.171.124164 will be blocked from accessing Second Life.
It is therefore essential for everyone who has updated to Firestorm 4.4.1 keep an eye on the Firestorm blog an update to Firestorm 4.4.2 when it becomes available. This should not require a clean install (as was the case with 4.4.1) – but please double-check with any associated blog post which is forthcoming when the release is made.
Again, it is essential that all users of Firestorm 4.4.1 update to Firestorm 4.4.2 as soon as it becomes available.