2017 Viewer release summaries week 44

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, November 5th

This summary is published every Monday, and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Current Viewer Releases Page, a list of all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware), and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy. This page includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version 5.0.8.329115, dated September 22nd, promoted October 13th – formerly the “Moonshine” Maintenance RC – no change.
  • Release channel cohorts (notes on manually installing RC viewer versions):
    • Alex Ivy RC viewer updated to version 5.1.0.510354 on November 2nd (still dated Sept 5th on wiki page).
    • Maintenance RC viewer, version 5.0.9.329707 October 31st.
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers

V5-style

V1-style

  • No updates.

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates.
  • Lumiya removed from TPV Directory, but still in development.

Additional TPV Resources

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4 thoughts on “2017 Viewer release summaries week 44

  1. Thanks for this. Was there any reason given for removal of Lumiya from the TPV directory? Was it removed by the Lab or the dev?

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    1. As far as I’m aware, it was removed by the Lab & reasons for removal aren’t disclosed. However, I’ve been informed by Alina that development of the app is continuing.

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  2. It’s a little weird the Lumiya has been removed as it’s the most feature rich mobile client out there. I thought at first perhaps it was because it’s a paid app, but Littlesight is still on there which requires a fee to unlock full functionality and so is Mobile grid client which is text only and actually requires a monthly fee so works out even more expensive in the long run.

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    1. As noted above, I’ve been informed by the core developer of Lumiya that it will be continuing. It’s also perhaps worth pointing out that the TPV Directory isn’t, in the strictest sense, any indication that a viewer / client appearing on it is any “safer” or more “authorised” than any viewer / client not listed. While those viewers / clients listed by conform the the TPV Policy – such compliance is purely via self-certification their compliance (see Section 7 of the TPV Policy); the lab doesn’t in any way police / check the code they add to the viewer.

      Thus, it is perfectly possible for viewers and client to continue to be developed without being listed, and to be as trustworthy as any viewer listed in the TPV Directory. This is certainly the case with the Cool VL viewer, SL’s longest continuously running TPV.

      As it is, I’ve been informed by Lumiya’s developer that work will continue with that client. Thus, continued usage of the client perhaps comes down to how much people personally trust the developer to continue to do what she has been doing for the last several years, rather than looking to a line in a voluntary registration document.

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