2019 SL User Groups week #38/1: Simulator User Group

Isla de Sol, July 2019 – blog post

Server Deployments

Please refer to the server deployment thread for updates.

  • On Tuesday, September 17th, the SLS (Main) channel was updated with server release 2019-09-06T22:03:53.530715. Originally deployed to the Magnum RC on September 11th, it contains the fix  to address most cases of experience-enabled scripts losing association with their experience – see this blog post.
  • On Wednesday, September 18th, the RC channels are to be updated as follows:
    • BlueSteel and LeTigre should be updated with server release 2019-09-13T19:08:35.530941, comprising:
      • Internal Script Improvements – these should see further improvements in script processing, with the selected regions representing around 15% of the total grid.
      • Fixed “Avatar Sounds” feature fails to disable all scripted sounds.
      • [EEP] Smoothen transition time of llReplaceAgentEnvironment.
      • Updated to include current Second Life Server changes.
    • Magnum should be updated with server release 2019-09-13T20:04:44.530946, comprising minor improvements to starting and stopping regions and EEP updates and fixes.

SL Viewer

On Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 the following viewer updates were made:

  • The Vinsanto Maintenance RC viewer, version
  • The Legacy Profile project viewer was updated to version

On Monday, September 16th, the Ordered Shutdown RC viewer, version, was released. This viewer has changes intended to make crashes on shut-down less likely, but does not have any changes to existing features.

At the time of writing, the rest of the current official viewer pipelines remain as follows:

  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
    • Project Muscadine (Animesh follow-on) project viewer, version, August 19th.
    • 360 Snapshot project viewer, version, July 16th.
  • Linux Spur viewer, version, dated November 17, 2017 and promoted to release status 29 November 2017 – 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.

In Brief

  • The Lab is “very focused” on the problem of avatars teleporting into or out of a region overpowering local performance (scripts, etc.).
    • It’s been widely assumed that the performance is due to things like overall complexity and / or script load, etc.
    • However, while both script load and avatar complexity do have a general impact on performance, LL does not believe they are responsible for the issues seen when avatars enter / leave a region.
    • Data has been gathered on the problem, and Rider Linden indicated that LL feel they have a reasonable handle on the problem and are in a position to start experimenting to verify their findings in the near future.
  • There is period of voice maintenance due on Thursday, September 19th. This involves back-end updates to the voice system.
    • It is not clear if these updates will assist those users who, when activating voice, appear to be in their own channel with just one or two other users and must relog to join the main channel with all the others on voice.
      • This is a problem LL has noted, but Vivox have been unable to determine the cause.
      • There is a voice viewer update in the works that includes additional debugging capabilities that might help with determining the problem.