Project Zipper (currently version 18.104.22.1686810 is designed to speed-up the viewer installation process. A blog post on the viewer has also been released, which reads in full:
As we continue to work on improving the Second Life experience, one challenge we’ve been tackling is the length of the Viewer installation process. No one likes waiting, and now with Project Zipper, you don’t have to!
With the project Viewer available today, there’s really only one thing different – the installation is super fast. Rather than waiting for install to complete, you’ll quickly be in Second Life doing what you love.
Try out Project Zipper with the project Viewer here.
This is still a project Viewer, and if you find bugs while testing it out, please let us know by filing them in BUG project in JIRA.
To try-out the new installation process, I opted to run a clean install of the current release version of the viewer (22.214.171.1246707) and a similar clean install with the Project Zipper viewer, and carry out a rough-and-ready timing between the two. I starting the stopwatch on clicking the Install button, and stopped when the Start Second Life Now prompt appeared. The results were:
- Second Life release viewer 126.96.36.1996707: 35.6 seconds
- Second Life Project Zipper viewer 188.8.131.526810: 16.4 seconds.
Nothing has physically changed in what you see during the installation process, but the faster time is pretty clear (at least on my system – YMMV depending on CPU, disk speed, etc).
This seems to be an odd change to make, and I can’t help but wonder if it is indicative of something else coming down the pipe. Time will tell on that.
Those wishing to try out the project viewer, which I believe should be fully up to par with the HTTP updates in the release viewer, can do so by following the links above in the quoted LL blog post, or below.