2018 SL UG updates #15/1: Simulator User Group

Spirit of Sun; Inara Pey, March 2018, on FlickrSpirit of Sunblog post

Server Deployments

As always, please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest updates.

  • The Main (SLS) channel was not updated on Tuesday, April 9th, nor was there a restart.
  • On Wednesday, April 11th:
    • The BlueSteel and LeTigre will not be updated, and remain on server maintenance package 18#, containing internal fixes.
    • The Magnum channel will apparently receive a further revision to 18#

SL Viewer

  • The Love Me Render RC viewer updated to version, dated April 5th.
  • The Ouzo Maintenance RC viewer updated to version, dated April 5th.

The remainder of the SL viewer pipeline remains unchanged from the end of week #14:

  • Current Release version, dated February 23, promoted March 1 – formerly the Nalewka Maintenance RC – No change
  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
  • Linux Spur viewer, version, dated November 17, 2017 and promoted to release status 29 November – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version, May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Bakes on Mesh

This is the project to extend the current avatar baking service to allow wearable textures (skins, tattoos, clothing) to be applied directly to mesh bodies as well as system avatars. This involves server-side changes, including updating the baking service to support 1024×1024 textures, and may in time lead to a reduction in the complexity of mesh avatar bodies and heads.

This work does not include normal or specular map support, as these are not part of the existing baking service.

As noted in my last CCUG update, the project viewer, version5.1.3.513936, arrived on March 30th, 2018 (see the Bakes on Mesh JIRA filter for reported issues). There is a forum thread on the project, which carries a degree of misinformation on the project. Siddean Munro has sought to clarify things in a blog post, and Cathy Foil has produced an introductory video as well.

Environmental Enhancement Project

This is the project to create a set of environmental enhancements including the ability to define the environment (sky, sun, moon, clouds, water settings) at the parcel level; new environment asset types (Sky, Water, Days – the latter comprising multiple Sky and Water) that can be stored in inventory and traded through the Marketplace / exchanged with others; Experience-based environment functions and an extended day cycle (e.g a 24/7 cycle) and extended environmental parameters. The work involves simulator and viewer changes, and includes some infrastructure updates.

Rider Linden is working on EEP, and he reported, “I’ve been dealing with a little bit of a tangent having to do with internal inventory. Turned out to be a bit more complex than I anticipated when I said: “Sure, I’ll just knock that off as part of EEP”. It is almost resolved and then I can get back to direct EEP development.”

He also revealed more on how EEP will be “layered”: “EEP will have four different altitude layers. (Right now I’m operating with ground, 1km, 2km and 3km.) … The use case I see for the layers isn’t so much skyboxes, more for landing areas for RP sims that may want their own atmosphere; orbiting space stations , etc. (and the layers need to be set by the parcel owner.)”

Aditi Inventory Sync

Usually, sync on inventory from Agni, the Main grid, to Aditi, the Beta grid is designed to take place during a routine syncing operation run at around 2:00am PST daily, triggered by an Aidit log-in (see here for more).

However, as most of those who routinely log-in to Aditi will know that the system isn’t working correctly, and often, a ticket is required to get your Aditi inventory correctly synchronised with your Agni inventory. Commenting on the situation at the Simulator User Group, Mazidox Linden said, “We’ve got a dev working on the inventory sync to Aditi. We’re making some interesting progress, hopefully more news soon.” Oz Linden further indicated that a fix is in the pipeline.