By now you probably know that SSA is rolling out to the main channel of the grid tomorrow. The Lindens have made the formal announcement. See: Project Sunshine Goes Grid-Wide!
Blue Steel is getting an updated version of the package running there last week. The only change is the SSA code is being added. Otherwise it stays the same. This is the Grey Box fix release.
Le Tigre is going to run the same package as Blue Steel.
Magnum is going to run the package that ran on Le Tigre last week (33). This is the package with ‘internal bug fixes’ that should have no visible changes to users. Of course it is getting the SSA code too.
So, by about noon Wednesday the entire grid will be running SSA, unless something goes wrong.
Nyx Linden says the Lab is confident they have enough servers to carry the baking load. Tomorrow will be the proof.
SSA has been in development for months. Since February the Lab and third party Viewer (TPV) developers have been telling people about SSA. Inara Pey and I have been blogging about SSA for so long I’ll be glad to move on to something else.
But, tomorrow how many people will be asking, “Why am I grey?” If there rez-day was this month, I can understand. But, Firestorm and other third party viewer users… those people have no excuse.
How many will be crying and rage quitting because they can’t run SL anymore?
Jessica even posted a special article explaining SSA, again, on the Firestorm Viewer blog. See: Server Side Appearance (SSA) goes grid wide!
The splash page of the SL Viewer and Firestorm are announcing the need to update your viewer.
The End of Phoenix Viewer
The all Phoenix Viewers and the SL Viewer 1.23 and all pre 3.4 versions are at the end of their lives. Those viewers are not going to be updated. The Firestorm team has been talking about this since sometime in November 2012. Anyone want to be on how many people will be screaming because they were never told?
We’ll know tomorrow.
I saw Juicy Bomb writing about a new RP region: Wendigo Lake. It is a nice build. Not yet open for RP, but you can visit.
There is some very well built stuff there. But, if you use the default LoD setting, things rez and unrez. It is well textured. The textures may be too heavy. I had lag problems and the place is empty. But, it is nice looking.
Turn on ALM and use the local environment.