SL project updates 27/3: TPV Developer meeting and JIRA

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Friday, July 7th saw a truncated TPV Developer meeting take place in lieu of the planned meeting for Friday, June 30th. As always, the video of the meeting is embedded at the end of this report, and my thanks to North for recording and providing it. Timestamps in the text below refer to that video, and will run the video from that point in a separate browser tab.

SL Viewers

[3:30] The Alex Ivy 64-bit release candidate viewer (version at the time of writing) is due to be updated in week #28 (commencing Monday, July 10th). The viewer is liable to receive further updates prior to any promotion to release status, as the Lab further refines the Windows SL Launcher.

As previously noted in these pages, the launcher is designed to detect which version of the viewer a Windows system can run. If it detects the system can run the 64-bit version of the viewer, it downloads and installs that, if not, it defaults to downloading the 32-bit version. An upcoming update to the viewer will include a debug setting to override this and force one or other version to be downloaded and installed (obviously, this will not work trying to run the 64-bit viewer on 32-bit Windows, but will allow the 32 viewer to be run on 64-bit Windows).

Crash rates for the viewer are elevated, but the Lab suspects this is down to the number of 32-bit versions being run.

[5:35] This leaves the current viewer pipelines as:

  • Current Release version, released on May 26th, promoted June 20th – formerly the AssetHTTP RC viewer – overview
  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
  • Obsolete platform viewer version dated May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

The 360 snapshot viewer should be updated with some fixes “soon”.

Server Updates

[6:05] The simulator version using the new Linux operating system update, currently deployed to the Magnum RC channel (server version 17# should be promoted to the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday, July 11th.

[12:07] This simulator version also includes the fix for DJ boards (see BUG-10073). Some people may need to update their board scripts.

JIRA Temporarily Closed to Comments

The Second Life JIRA has been temporarily closed to comments, because: idiots. Or to allow the Lab to explain it:

Recently, our bug reporting system (Jira) was hit with some spam reports and inappropriate comments, including offensive language and attempts at impersonating Lindens. The Jira system can email bug reporters when new comments are added to their reports, and so unfortunately the inappropriate comments also ended up in some Residents’ inboxes.

We have cleaned up these messages, and continue to investigate ways to prevent this kind of spam in the future. We appreciate your understanding as we work to manage an open forum and mitigate incidents like this.

In the short-term, we have disabled some commenting features to prevent this from recurring. This means that you will not be able to comment on Jiras created by other Residents. We apologize for this inconvenience as we look into long-term solutions to help prevent this type of event from occurring.

Other Items

  • The next Firestorm release is liable to be in September
  • [8:51] The Lab is looking at turning off the remaining UDP messaging for asset delivery on the servers in February 2018, although this is TBC. This means that viewers not running the latest HTTP updates will not be able to receive any asset data.
  • [17:41] The next scheduled TPV Developer meeting is Friday, July 28th