Author Archives: Inara Pey

About Inara Pey

Eclectic virtual world blogger with a focus on Second Life, VR, virtual environments and technology.

2016 SL project updates 39 (1): server, viewer

The Shire; Inara Pey, September 2016, on Flickr The Shireblog post

It’s once again a light start to the week.

Server Deployment

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

  • There was no deployment to the Main (SLS) channel On Tuesday, September 27th.
  • On Wednesday September 28th, all three RC channels should receive the same new server maintenance package, which includes a fix for BUG-40565, introduced as a result of the deployment of the week #38 server maintenance package.

SL Viewer

Unless something untoward has happened with the latest RC version, it is anticipated the VLC Media Plug-in viewer will be promoted to de facto release status this week. A new maintenance RC is also anticipated. In the meantime, the current batch of official viewers remains unchanged from week #38:

  • Current Release version: (dated September 9), promoted September 15 – formerly the Visual Outfit Browser RC viewer
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • Project Bento (avatar skeleton extensions), version, dated September 22nd
    • VLC Media Plugin Viewer RC, version, dated September 20th – replaces QuickTime in the Windows viewer with a media plug-in based on LibVLC
  • Obsolete platform viewer version, dated May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Experience Scripted Sits

As per my blog post of September 23rd, Rider Linden is working on a new scripted sit capability for Experiences. The new LSL functions form Project Espeon (after the Pokémon character), and Rider has produced a proposal document on the new functionality, which can be read  in PDF format. The capability can also be tested on ADITI (the beta grid) in the following regions:  Leafeon or Umbreon or Sylveon, with test content is available on Leafeon. If anyone testing them has suggestions or feedback, please raise a JIRA against Project Espeon.

A slight pause in Second Life

Island building ... again ...

Island building … again …

I’ve been a little quiet blogging-wise these last couple of days because I’m at it again: re-building the island home. It’s Caitlyn’s fault (or at least that’s my excuse … until she says otherwise🙂 ); she showed me some photos of Scotney Castle, which sent us on a hunt for something that could be converted into a similar-looking place.

Nothing we found really appealed, but in mooching around The Domineaux Effect  by Domineaux Prospero, I came across a cosy little two room cottage. And of course, Domineaux also makes a great boat dock (imaged above, now at the southern end of the island). And, well, once discovered things have to be purchased, don’t they?

Anyway, the work is almost done in getting things ship-shape, so normal service will be resumed very shortly!🙂 .

The Red Gallery; supporting diabetes research in Second Life

Saturday, September 24th saw the opening of The Red Gallery, operated by Team Diabetes of Second Life, the official Second Life team for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The Red Gallery has been established to support Team Diabetes of SL in their work raising funds for ADA. Each exhibition will feature a number of artists displaying their art, with proceeds of sales split between the artist and Team Diabetes of SL. Each exhibition will likely be for a period of two months.

For the inaugural exhibition, the featured artists are Aradia Aridian, John Brianna, Sheba Blitz, Eucalyptus Carroll, Ilyra Chardin, Layachi Inchen, Methisa Kira, Ramsa Luv, Doasilike Resident, Kodymeyers Resident, Timaaj Resident and Tisephone Resident. Between them they present a rich mix of art, ranger from modern “traditional” in-world landscapes and avatar studies, through to more abstract pieces and art generated in the physical world and imported in to Second Life; all of which makes for an engaging and eye-catching exhibition.

For those who prefer to donate directly, Team Diabetes of Second Life donation kiosks are available on the lower level of the gallery.

About the American Diabetes Association

 Established in 1940, the American Diabetes Association is working to both prevent and cure diabetes in all it forms, and to help improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes. It does this by providing objective and credible information and resources about diabetes to communities, and funding research into ways and means of both managing and curing the illness. In addition, the Association gives voice to those denied their rights as a consequence of being affected by diabetes.

About Team Diabetes of Second life

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorised fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association in Second Life. Established with the aim of raising funds in support of diabetes treatment and to raise awareness of the disease in SL, Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessi2009 Warrhol and John Brianna (Johannes1977 Resident), and is served by an advisory board comprising Eleseren Brianna, Veruca Tammas, Sandie Loxingly, Rob Fenwitch, Earth Nirvana and Dawnbeam Dreamscape, with Saiyge Lotus serving as a special advisor.

SLurl and Additional Links

2016 viewer release summaries: week 38

Updates for the week ending Sunday, September 25th

This summary is published every Monday, and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Current Viewer Releases Page, a list of all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware), and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy. This page includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information.

Official LL Viewers

LL Viewer Resources

Third-party Viewers


  • No updates.


  • Cool VL viewer Stable branch updated to version and the Experimental branch updated to version, both on September 24th (release notes)

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates.

Additional TPV Resources

Related Links