SL project updates week #49: server, viewer, e-mail verification

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Server Deployments

  • On Tuesday, December 5th, the Main (SLS) channel was updated with the server maintenance package  17#, previously deployed the three RC channels. This comprises:
    • IMs sent to an off-line resident will only be sent to verified email addresses.
    • Internal Changes to Outgoing Emails.
  • On Wednesday, December 6th, the three RC channels should be updates with a new server maintenance package, 17#, comprising “internal improvements”.

E-mail Verification

The Main (SLS) server deployment sees a further step in the Lab’s plan to reduce the volume of e-mail traffic it generates by only sending e-mails to those addresses Second Life users have actually verified as being valid with Linden Lab (see Making Email From Second Life (More) Reliable).

With this deployment, and if you have not verified your preferred SL-related e-mail address with Linden Lab, you will no longer receive off-line IMs as e-mails. So, if you haven’t already done so, ad wish to continue receiving off-line IMs as e-mails from wherever they originate in-world, make sure you have verified the e-mail address recorded in your viewer  with Linden Lab. Should you require detailed instructions on how to do this, please refer to my blog post Important: verifying your e-mail address with Second life.

SL Viewer

The Project Render Viewer updated to version on December 4th (although the wiki page still lists it as dated November 30th). All other viewers remain unchanged from week #48 at the time of writing:

e have been no SL viewer updates since the end of week #45, leaving the current viewer pipelines as follows:

  • Current Release version, dated November 17, promoted November 29th – formerly the “Martini” Maintenance RC
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Wolfpack RC viewer arrived, version, released on November 30.
    • Alex Ivy 64-bit viewer, version, December 1.
    • Voice RC viewer, version, October 20 (still dated Sept 1 on the wiki page).
  • Project viewers:
  • Obsolete platform viewer version, dated May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Marketplace Listings Issues

For the last 10 tens there have been on-going issues with Marketplace items becoming unlisted/ associated with their related items. The issues have been subject to continuing investigation. The Lab has also been attempting to recover listings as investigations have continued. On Monday, December 4th, the Grid Status Page was updated:

Identified – We have identified a solution to this matter and are actively working through the support cases and JIRA tickets that have been submitted. If you have been affected by the issue (Marketplace listings unlisting) and have not reported it to us yet, please file a support case. Thank you again for your patience as we slay this dragon.

To which Oz Linden added, during the Simulator User Group on Tuesday, December 5th:

We found and fixed some problems and repaired many listings. I won’t claim we found all problems because I have no way to be sure of that (ever) … Anyone who lost a listing should file a support ticket. We have a process in place to recover the listings we can. So far I believe that’s most of them.

Enhanced Environment Project

Rider Linden is working on the Enhanced Environmental Project (EEP), which comprises a number of changes to how environmental (Windlight) settings are handle. They include the ability to define the environment (sky, sun, moon, clouds, water settings) at the parcel level; a new environment asset type that can be stored in inventory and traded through the Marketplace / exchanged with others; scripted, experience-based environment functions, an extended day cycle and extended environmental parameters.

This work, which involves both viewer and server-side updates, is generally part of my CCUG meeting updates. However, Rider is still considering how best to convert existing custom Windlight settings people have created into inventory assets. If anyone has any ideas on how to make this work, to please file a JIRA for the Enhanced Environmental Project, and ask in the description that it be brought to his attention.