2018 SL UG updates #15/2: TPVD meeting

Isle of May; Inara Pey, March 2018, on FlickrIsle of Mayblog post

The majority of these notes are taken from the TPV Developer meeting held on Friday, April 13th 2018. A video of the meeting is embedded below, my thanks as always to North for recording and providing it. Time stamps in the text below will open the video in a new tab at the relevant point of discussion.

The meeting was reduced to under 15 minutes, with extended pauses marking a greater portion of it.

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.
  • BlueSteel, LeTigre and Magnum are all now on server maintenance package 18# after Magnum was updated on Wednesday, April 11th.

SL Viewer

[0:05-1:32] The Media Update RC viewer, version, dated March 27th, was promoted to de facto release status on Wednesday, April 11th. As a result, the remaining RC viewer were updated to parity on Friday April 13th, as follows:

The remainder of the SL viewer pipelines remain as:

  • 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.

[1:33-1:50] With regards to the 360 snapshot project viewer, this is being routinely updated internally by the Lab to keep pace with release viewer promotions. However, no actual work is being carried out on the 360 snapshot element at the moment. Work will resume in the future.

[1:58-2:29] A new Voice update RC is due in the future at some point, which fixes some issues from the last Voice release. However work on this is currently a “low priority”.

Off-Line and Abuse Reports Capabilities

[2:31-3:30] Two new capabilities are now grid-wide server-side:

  • A new abuse report cap which replaces the need for the viewer to have AR categories hard-coded into it.  Instead it will request the list of valid categories directly from the simulator.
  • A new IM cap is to overcome of off-line IMs failing to be delivered when a user logs in. This cap will allow the viewer to request off-line IMs, which the server will package and deliver to the viewer via HTTP, rather than sending off-lines en masse whether or not the viewer is ready.

Both of these caps require viewer-side updates in order to work. However, there is currently a bug impacting the viewer update for the new off-line IMs capability. In short, if you receive an off-line Friend request, there is no way to accept it with the new capability in place. The abuse report capability appears to be working correctly, so expect both to appear in a viewer update soon.

Friending can be fragile, and the Lab hope to make it more robust over time.



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