The following notes are taken from the Server Beta User Group (SBUG) meeting held on Thursday, December 18th, 2014, and the TPV Developer meeting held on Friday, December 19th. A video of the latter is included at the end of the article, my thanks as always to North for recording it and providing it for embedding.
With reference to the meeting video, summary notes are provided below with time stamps to assist is spotting and listening to the associated conversations.
Server Deployments Week 51 – Recap
- On Tuesday, December 16th, the Main (SLS) channel was updated with the server maintenance package deployed to the three RC channels in week #50
- There were no deployments to the RC channels.
The end-of-year code freeze / no change window comes into effect from the end of the week, this means there will be no further server updates until January 2015.
The Maintenance RC viewer, version 188.8.131.527296, was promoted to the de facto release viewer on Thursday, December 18th. This viewer comprises a solid collection of bug fixes and improvements to many areas of SL, and also includes a range of fixes to previously released changes in the way joint offsets in rigged meshes are handled. Please refer to the release notes for further information.
Experience Keys RC Viewer
On Wednesday, December 17th, the Experience Keys / Tools viewer was updated to release candidate status with the release for version 184.108.40.2067364. Please refer to my overview of the viewer (written while it was at project viewer status) for information on the viewer.
Further RC Updates
[00:50] As a result of the promotion of the Maintenance RC, both the new Experience Keys RC viewer and the HTTP Pipelining RC viewer are currently being rebuilt to include the Maintenance release code. These updates may appear in the release viewer pipeline on Monday, December 22nd, or they may be held over from release until after the end of the no change window.
Viewer Build Tools Project
[01:41] The new year should also see the first release of a project viewer for Mac and Windows built using the new build tools chain and autobuild process.
The last of the 2014 updates are being deployed to the back-end servers. At the time of the Server Beta User Group meeting, there were just a “few more” hosts that had yet to receive the updates, so things should be completed in short order. These improvement are focused on improving the overall robustness of the service and dealing with overload conditions.
What is being referred to as a “mini CDN” test was carried out on the BlueSteel region on the morning (PDT) of Thursday, December 18th. The test was designed to check a more flexible CDN configuration that is going to make it easier for the Lab to deal with fall overs. “It should be invisible normally but lets us have better control of where the viewer gets those mesh and texture assets,” Simon Linden said of the work, which will likely see a formal deployment in the New Year.
Viewer-managed Marketplace (VMM)
[03:53] There was an in-world meeting held on Friday, December 12th to discuss the Viewer-managed Marketplace (notes and transcript).
There should be a summary post from the Lab, covering JIRAs raised on VMM and comments made on the forums, which should be appearing on the current forum thread around the time this update is published. A further feedback meeting is being planned for the New Year.