2021 SUG meeting week #21 summary

The Divide, March 2021 – blog post

The following notes were taken from the Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 Simulator User Group (SUG) meeting. These notes relate to the core points of discussion; other topics may have ben raised without specific feedback from LL as actionable items, so  please refer to the video at the end of this report for the full meeting and all points covered.

Server Deployments

At the time of writing, there had (again) been no server deployment thread available for review. However:

  • Tuesday, May 25th saw simulator release 599669 deployed to all servers on the Main SLS channel, containing the llOpenFloater() function intended for use with Linden-owned Experiences – see my week #18 SUG summary for more.
  • Wednesday, May 26th should see the RC channels updated with a simulator release containing internal configuration changes.

SL Viewer

There have been no viewer updates to mark the start of the week. So the pipelines remain as:

  • Release viewer: Eau de Vie Maintenance viewer, version, dated April 23rd, promoted April 29th.
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Love Me Render (LMR) 5 viewer, version, dated May 19th.
    • Maintenance 2 RC viewer – Fernet, version, dated May 19th.
    • Project UI viewer updated to version, May 14th.
  • Project viewers:
    • Legacy Profiles viewer, version, dated October 26th.
    • Copy / Paste viewer, version, dated December 9th, 2019.
    • Project Muscadine (Animesh follow-on) project viewer, version, dated November 22nd, 2019.
    • 360 Snapshot project viewer, version, dated July 16th, 2019.

In  Brief

  • During the CCUG meeting on May 20th, the subject of BUG-202864 ‘Change Mesh Uploader to preserve Scene File object names when a full linkset is uploaded’.
    • As noted in my summary of that meeting, the viewer had been updated to make this possible, but simulator-side changes are also required.
    • Apparently, the work had slipped through the simulator team’s net, but is now back on their radar, and will be included in an upcoming simulator maintenance update.
  • The region crossing issue when the avatar is unseated from a vehicle, but cannot move, leaving the camera only able to rotate around it, is likely to be an issue of controls failing to release – essentially, the simulator still thinks the avatar is still seated, while the viewer does not.
    • A current solution for this is to try to sit on something in the same region that also takes camera / movement controls (if possible), then standing again.
    • While it has been suggested a viewer-side “release controls” button in the viewer could fix this, it runs the risk of breaking other controls (such as experiences). The ideal solution therefore, is for a simulator-side “fix” to be implemented – although this may take a while.
  • People are continuing to see assorted teleport issues (e.g. failures within Experiences, and single failures requiring a re-log in order to re-enable teleports anywhere). LL  are aware of these issues.
  • BUG-225742 ‘Server side physics shape reverts to “Convex Hull” for un-analysed meshes with “Prim Physics” connected to linksets with subcomponents animated with llTargetOmega / PRIM_OMEGA parameters upon server restart’, has been a long-standing issue. LL has been looking at the problem, but it is proving difficult to ascertain the root cause.


The following video of the meeting is courtesy of Pantera Północy.

A little Swedish summer in Second Life

Noweeta, May 2021 – click and image for full size

Back in December in 2020, I dropped into Kaja Ashland’s Snoweeta, a charming winter build engaging in its simplicity as it offered a glimpse of Skåne, the southern most county (or län) of Sweden (see A Little Swedish Inspiration in Second Life).

I recently made a recent return to the region at the suggestion of Shawn Shakespeare, who informed me the region has now lost the snow present at the time of my first visit to offer a taste of summer. With the passing of the snow, the “S” has gone from the setting’s name, allowing it to once again become Noweeta.

Noweeta, May 2021

The arrival of summer has brought with it gentle changes to the setting that further enhance it and offer a further reason for a visit, whilst keeping many of the features present back in December 2020, their presence giving the region a depth of place.

At the time of my first trip to the region, I wondered if Kaja has based the setting on an actual location within Skåne, given it apparently sits between the small Baltic townships of Ystad and Simrishamn, musing that it might be one of the roads Henning Mankell’s dour-faced Inspector Kurt Wallander might actually drive along when investigating a local crime, his eyes momentarily drawn to the large farmhouse set back from the main road.

Noweeta, May 2021

With my return, I could not shake that feeling Wallander may turn up – particularly given the marked patrol car still stilling on the road. However, it now appears that the farmhouse may have been brought up and turned into the country retreat for a wealthy family, the surrounding fields turned over to one of the locals.

I say this because the land closest to the house has been overhauled, a new swimming pool giving the suggestion this is no longer a working house. Alongside it sits a large corral for riding horses, whilst a private 7-hole miniature golf course completes the main grounds for the house. The models on this little golf course are quite exquisite, making it an eye-catching feature.

Noweeta, May 2021

With the retreat of the snow comes the revelation that one of the fields sitting alongside the driveway to the house is actually home to a small to a small grass airstrip. A Model 75 Stearman sits at one end that at first glance appears to be a crop duster;  however, its colours suggest it is more of a show ‘plane than a workhorse.

The fields themselves are now rich in growth – other than the little airstrip -, the one on which it sits also having sprouted a windmill, complete with slowly turning sails.

Noweeta, May 2021

Elsewhere, the little hill with its campsite remains, while the small body of water beyond sits free from its icy covering to present another corner where people might retreat and spend time fishing or simply enjoying the company of one another in a moored rowing boat.  And while the wild pigs may have scooted with the changing of the season, they’ve been joined by sheep, offering another sense of continuity with the preceding design.

With the arrival of summer, Noweeta has bloomed with colour and continues to offer an attractive visit for Second Life tourists and visitors alike.

Noweeta, May 2021

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