There was no deployment to the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, March 14th. As there had been a deployment & restart in week #10, the channel was not restarted this week.
On Wednesday, March 15th, the three RC channels should all receive the same new server maintenance package, comprising new internal logging output and changes to increase stability and security.
A major reason for the slow-down in apparent server updates is significant effort is being put into SL’s back-end services, much of which lacks any obvious user visibility. As Simon Linden said at the Simulator User Group meeting on Tuesday, March 14th, “Second Life needs that stuff for the long haul – we’re working on projects to keep SL going for years to come.”
There is currently no change to the current official viewer list, which comprises:
- Current Release version: 188.8.131.524126, dated March 3, promoted March 6 – formerly a Maintenance RC viewer download page, release notes
- Release channel cohorts:
- None at present.
- Project viewers:
- Obsolete platform viewer version 184.108.40.2060847 dated May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.
It is anticipated that the 64-bit viewer will receive an update this week, which should include:
- An open-source wrapper for CEF called Dullahan (link for those who are curious about the etymology of Lab project names) which will replace llCEF, making it easier to render web content through the viewer
- The same versions of Dullahan / CEF and libVLC (audio handling) on both the Windows and Mac builds.
The 64-bit Mac build now uses MacOS Sierra, and will be backwards compatible as far as OSx 10.9 (Xcode 8). The 64-bit Windows build still uses Visual Studio 2013, and will support Windows 10, 8 and 7. Vista support is TBC.
Second Life Community Platform
Second Life Places
Second Life Places allows region and parcel owners to create a web browsable page for their location(s) in-world where they can be shared through blogs, websites, etc. Included with each page are buttons to allow visitors to the page to launch their viewer and teleport directly the specified location.
The programme has been in beta since November 2016, and you can read my overview here. However, it appears that beta will be coming to an end in the near future, and the programme will be open to all who meet the criteria for setting-up their own pages.