Second Life project updates 22/2; server and viewer

Obedience, LEA 1 - blog post
Obedience, LEA 1blog post

Server Deployments, Week 22 – Recap

The planned RC deployment scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th was rolled back as a result of a back-end issue. This currently leaves grid as a whole on the same server release.

Commenting on the roll-back at the Server Beta User Group (SBUG) meeting on Thursday, May 28th, Simon Linden said, “there was a minor issue but it was worth reverting; some internal tools weren’t running right and sending postcards was broken. [However] that code will likely be back next week, [as] I’ve already fixed the bug.”

These issues aren’t related to the region restart issues / caps failure people have noticed with some regions following a rolling restart, and as reported in my week 21/2 report, and which Simon indicates have yet to be looked into in-depth.

SL Viewer

Thursday, May 28th saw the Avatar Layer Limits viewer, version 3.7.29.301305, updated to the de facto release viewer. This viewer removed the limit of only being able to wear a maximum of 5 items per clothing layer (e.g. a maximum of 5 jackets and 5 shirts and 5 pants, etc), with a global limit of 60 layers which can be worn in any combination (e.g. you can wear 58 jacket layers, a tattoo layer and a pants layer if you wish).

This leaves two RCs in the release channel at present: the Avatar Attachment fixes RC (aka Project Big Bird and currently version 3.7.29.301943), and the Experience Keys viewer (currently version 3.8.0.300963, and which is awaiting the completion of back-end updates to the Experience Keys services). Both of these viewers will be updated to match the new release viewer, and it is anticipated that they will be joined by a new Snowstorm RC viewer in the near future (see below), which is currently awaiting some fixes prior to release.

General

Project news coming out of the Lab is a little light at the moment. This shouldn’t be taken to mean there isn’t a lot happening with Second Life. There are several projects that are in the pipeline – Viewer-Managed Marketplace and Experience Keys (/ Tools) being two that people are aware of.

The Lab don’t talk too much ahead of time as to what is going on, but it’s clear to see from Simon’s back-end work around avatar counts in regions, that there are various things which are being looked at. Again, we only recently had it confirmed that the Lab have, as a part of continuing work on improving the CDN services, shifted to another provider – and they are looking to move the delivery of more asset types to the CDN in the coming months.

In the meantime, we can expect to see more RC viewers appearing  – notably the next Snowstorm RC viewer with Avatar Complexity, and which should include STORM-2082, the ability to save and load graphics settings to assist with viewer performance, depending on the environment you’re in.

Jonathan Yap is working on the ability to various graphics settings in the official viewer, allowing users to quickly change between saved settings depending on their performance needs - this should be appearing in an upcoming Snowstorm contributions viewer (note the finished panel may not resemble the one shown left, above)
Jonathan Yap is working on the ability to various graphics settings in the official viewer, allowing users to quickly change between saved settings depending on their performance needs – this should be appearing in an upcoming Snowstorm contributions viewer (note the finished panel may not resemble the one shown left, above)

 

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