2019 Simulator User Group week #43

The Island That Is Not There, September 2019 – blog post

Update: it now appears all regions will be placed on server release 2019-10-03T01:12:11.531528, see the updated server deployment thread.

No significant news. A lot of back and forth on region crossings and texture loading.

Simulator Deployments

At the time of writing, no deployment notes had been published. However:

  • There was no deployment to the SLS (main) channel on Tuesday, October 22nd, leaving it on server release 2019-10-03T01:12:11.531528.
  • The matter of RC deployments on Wednesday, October 23rd is pending as a result of internal discussions at the Lab.

Refer to the technology forum server sub-threads for updates.

Continuing Script Issues

Linden Lab is aware that there are still script processing issues that are causing problems, and which have come to light following the SLS channel deployment of .531528. For examples of specific issues please refer to BUG-227786 together with this blog post, and also BUG-227776.

SL Viewer

The Ordered Shutdown RC viewer updated to version on Monday, October 21st, bringing it to parity wit the current release viewer. The rest of the viewer pipelines remain as follows:

  • Current Release version, formerly the Vinsanto Maintenance RC viewer, dated September 17, promoted October 15th – NEW.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
  • Project viewers:
    • Legacy Profiles viewer, version, September 17. Covers the re-integration of Viewer Profiles.
    • Project Muscadine (Animesh follow-on) project viewer, version, September 11.
    • 360 Snapshot project viewer, version, July 16.
  • Available via direct link only, and may not function fully or correctly:
    • 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.



A taste of South-east Asia in Second Life

ChatuChak, October 2019 – click any images for full size

Update, December 1st: ChatuChak has been replaced by RioSisco Studio Pictures – see for more.

We visited ChatuChak, a relatively new region design by Lotus Mastroianni and frecoi (aka Fred Hamilton) earlier in October, but it has taken me a while to get around to writing it up. Lotus and frecoi are responsible for developing a number of regions I’ve covered in these pages, and so while it has taken a while to write about it, ChatuChak had been a place I was keen to see, a desire somewhat increased because of the region’s subject matter.

Welcome somewhere in Thailand … Turn on the sound and your graphics , let yourself be in immersion with the nature and elements….Enjoy your visit <3.

– ChatuChak About Land description

ChatuChak, October 2019

I’ve never really spent much time in Thailand, but I love the Far East (notably Hong Kong and China), and have had a fascination with Indo-China / South-east Asia, which encompasses Thailand, together with Myanmar (Burma), peninsular Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, so was really keen to see what ChatuChak has to offer. And the truth is, it is a remarkably atmospheric region, well in keeping with the description, if a little reliant on some elements that perhaps lean towards a more Japanese style of environment (but which nevertheless fit well here).

The landing point sits on the west side of the region, within a small courtyard at the back of a riverside hamlet split by rail tracks that encircle the region. As it passes through the hamlet, the railway is the focus of a small market offering fresh garden produce, flowers, fish and – at one end and rather incongruously, good that might be considered more in keeping with the tourist industry.

ChatuChat, October 2019

This incongruity adds a level of authenticity to the market – the dresses, headsets, brightly-coloured bags and sun hats are exactly the kind of odd items that one can so often unexpectedly find in little off-the-beaten track villages and towns when exploring places like this in the east.

Down on the river banks below the village are all the signs that this is a place reliant on the river and the fertile soil of the area. Along the river banks are stone an wooden wharves where local fishermen bring their catches ashore for weighing, drying and filleting – and where local produce may well be packaged in preparation to be shipped out, going by the cases on one of the wharves. Behind one of the wharves, to the north, sits a rain forest through which paths wind, one of which slips through a narrow gorge to lead the way to a little beach.

ChatuChak, October 2019

On the south side of the river, the land has been cleared to form a series of terraces for growing crops and to provide space for cattle to graze. A path climbs the eastern  – and natural – steps here, allowing a little village of single-roomed houses to spring-up, a path climbing through them to the railway tracks beyond.

Rounded out by an immersive sound scape, ChatuChak offers a multitude of opportunities for photography as well as opportunities to explore. Those taking photos are welcome to submit them to the region’s Flickr group.

ChatuChak, October 2019

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