Firestorm 4.6.1 to be blocked from February 20th

firestorm-logoThe Firestorm team has formally announced the forthcoming blocking of version 4.6.1 of the popular third-party viewer. The move, which is part of Firestorm’s policy of only allowing three active  version of their viewer to access Second Life,

The plan is for this block to only affect Second Life, it should not prevent OpenSim users continuing with version 4.6.1 if they so wish. However, at the time this article was written, this was still being tested.

The Firestorm announcement on the blocking reads in full:

In keeping with our three-version rule, we will be applying a block to version 4.6.1 on Friday, February 20th. This block will only apply to logins for Second Life grid; OpenSim grid logins should still work. Versions 4.6.5, 4.6.7 and 4.6.9 will be the only officially supported versions, but we highly encourage all users to be on our latest release of 4.6.9.

Version 4.4.2 is still exempt from the rule due to Mac-specific issues. However, Linden Lab’s statistics from January 21st indicate that there are still around 8,000 people using this ancient, pre-fitted mesh version. Because of the volume of users who cannot see the world properly, it is harder and harder to justify allowing it to remain exempt. We will be blocking it as well before our next release.

If you are using version 4.6.1 please update as soon as possible to avoid problems logging in on the 20th.

Currently, it looks as though the next release for Firestorm should be around the end of March or early April; however, this is not an official date – the viewer is still being worked on. Therefore, eyes should be kept on the Firestorm blog for information on the next release.

2 thoughts on “Firestorm 4.6.1 to be blocked from February 20th

  1. So 8000 people are told to hit the road with 4.4.2 going away. I can not use the newer viewers. Try every time. .

    SL go can’t use pay option. Can’t build with it. My apple is high end 2010 imac .

    Well Firestorm is now over the line as a Linden pet. Not for the users- but want to make Oz happy.


  2. Firestorm is like an old pair of comfy shoes for me but I am concerned now, it seeems to be well behind the Linden releases and the lack of a working 64 bit Linux version is (for me) a huge problem. Because of that I recently tried most of the other 64 bit Linux 3rd party viewers out there, they all work, but they’re not like my comfy shoes 😦

    I keep asking when we might get a 64 bit Linux and the silence is deafening. Have they lost their Linux Dev(s) ?
    I am enormously greatful to the Firestorm team for their unpaid hard work I really am, but I cant wait till April thats for sure. What to do…..


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