The technical news is very light for week #49, hence my lack of updates as the week progressed.
There were no simulator deployments during the week. A new server maintenance package had been planned for deployment to the three RC channels, but this suffered a last-minute postponement do to a simulator crash situation being discovered if a simulator spins-up with a specific debug mode enabled.
As a result of this cancellation, there is unlikely to be a Main (SLS) channel roll in week 50, although the RC update should see deployment. After that, with the Christmas / New Year no change window rising over the horizon, further simulator updates are liable to be conspicuous in their absence until early 2016.
The viewer has been similarly quiet during the week, with only the Maintenance RC being updated, with version 188.8.131.528556 being released on December 3rd. There was (again) no RC promotion to release status for any viewer, thus leaving the usual suspects in the viewer release channel:
- Maintenance RC viewer, version 184.108.40.2068556, dated December 3rd, as noted above. Some 38 fixes and improvements, including updates for some regressions introduced into the viewer with the current release viewer
- Project Azumarill (HTTP updates) RC viewer, version 220.127.116.118134, dated November 25th, which provides a complete replacement of the under the hood HTTP infrastructure within the viewer
- Project Valhalla (CEF media update) RC viewer, version 18.104.22.1687894 dated November 18th, which replaces the LLQTWebKit functionality used in the Web media plugin with one based on the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF)
- Vivox RC viewer, version 22.214.171.1247744, dated November 17th, which corrects a number of Voice quality and connection issues on both Windows and Mac
- Quick Graphics RC viewer, version 126.96.36.1996758, dated November 12th, which provides the new Avatar Complexity options and graphics preset capabilities for setting, saving and restoring graphic settings for use in difference environments / circumstances.
The two potential candidates for promotion to release status would seem to be either the HTTP RC viewer or the Maintenance viewer. However, the former’s promotion would appear to be dependent upon whether the remaining niggles have been ironed out to the Lab’s satisfaction, and the later on whether the most recent RC update gathers sufficient stats to indicate whether it is ripe for promotion.
There were assorted reports of issues with teleports, etc., through the first part of the week, and during the Server Beta User Group meeting, the question was asked by Caleb Linden if people had noticed an increased rate of teleport issues / failures, suggesting the Lab may have noticed something going awry.
Other than that, a light news week, as mentioned.