Server Deployment Plans
As always, please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest news and updates.
- On Tuesday, November 13th, the SLS (Main) channel was updated with server release 18#18.11.01.521329, previously deployed to the Magnum RC, and comprising a fix for Animesh land impact calculations – see below – and also internal logging fixes.
- On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, the three main RC channels should be updated with the same server update, 18#18.11.09.521593, comprising internal fixes.
- There is no planned simulator update for EEP.
Land Impact Calculation Revision
The Land Impact update deployed to the SLS channel this week (and to the RC channels in week #45) is to correct an error in the Animesh code. In short, if an Animesh object has a conventional prim as its root, the required 15 LI for the Animesh skeleton is not applied.
This 15 LI is an aggregate value for Animesh arrived at during testing Animesh performance across a range of systems. It has also been subject to some alarmist blog posts about unexpected prim returns, but given Animesh products are not generally available as yet, this is unlikely.
On Tuesday, November 13th:
- The Spotykach Maintenance RC viewer updated to version 220.127.116.111569.
- Love Me Render RC viewer updated to version 18.104.22.1681635.
All other viewers remain as per the end of week #45:
- Current Release version 22.214.171.1249298, dated September 5, promoted September 26. Formerly the Rakomelo Maintenance RC viewer – No change.
- Release channel cohorts:
- Animesh RC viewer, version 126.96.36.1990636, dated October 18th.
- Estate Access Management (EAM) RC viewer, version 188.8.131.520057, dated September 28th.
- BugSplat RC viewer, version 184.108.40.2069462, dated September 10th. This viewer is functionally identical to the current release viewer, but uses BugSplat for crash reporting, rather than the Lab’s own Breakpad based crash reporting tools.
- Project viewers:
- Linux Spur viewer, version 220.127.116.119906, dated November 17, 2017 and promoted to release status 29th November, 2017 – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
- Obsolete platform viewer, version 18.104.22.1680847, May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.
Recalling Viewer 2.0
There is one thing I’d like to mention, and that today is the anniversary of a very special moment in Second Life history. November 13th is V2 Day. Nine years ago we released version 2 of the viewer, which many people mark as the beginning of the end of Second Life.
– Simon Linden, Simulator User Group
While I’d possibly dispute the date – I have blog posts from March 2010 marking the release of Viewer 2.0 as the “default” viewer available from the Lab, prior to that it was a Beta viewer (remember those?) – so perhaps “first issued” might have been a better term, it is nevertheless true that viewer 2.0 was subject to a lot of sturm und drang; I wasn’t a great fan when it arrived, although as it developed and improved, I did become something of a convert over time, and I also agree with Simon’s summation of the early work:
I know the intentions of V2 were good … the old SL viewer UI was a crazy mess of things patched on by engineers with no overall design. But personally I think they made the mistake of trying to meet a schedule date and not waiting until it was right.
And again, as Simon notes, at the end of the day and despite all the pronouncements of Viewer 2.0 heralding the end of SL, here we are, nine years later, still SL-ing!
Fake Firestorm Website
There are in-world IMs / notices, doing the rounds pointing to a fake Firestorm website. for details, please refer to my blog post here.