Second Life 2013 in Review


(31 Articles) – This month the server RC channel got fixes for JSON and delivery of group notices.

Baker Linden was working on the Group Ban List code for the viewer. At the time I guessed we would see this project rollout in 3 to 4 weeks. I was wrong. In week 40 Baker’s code was headed toward QA. Details of the project as it stood in week 40 can be found here: Second Life News 2013-40. In week 41 the code was still waiting for QA slot.

In week 44 we got word from Baker Linden that Caleb and Maestro Linden were reviewing his Group Ban List code. Some problems were found in Baker was rethinking how to implement the Group Ban List. See: Second Life News 2013-44 #2. The need for changes ultimately means we will not see this feature and 2013.

Vehicles were still having problems crossing region boundaries. It seemed the vehicle would get caught by the region’s return policy. The Auto-Return timeout would try to return the vehicle. With an avatar seated in the vehicle that was not possible. When the vehicle crossed a region boundary the semi Auto-Return’ed would cause a failure.

Simon Linden was looking at making changes to how the system evaluates Object Render Weight. Simon was collecting actual-case data to guide the revisions.

The SSA project to eliminate bake fail at this point had changed focus to inventory problems. These mostly had to do with reliability of the Current Outfit Folder, which is tied up with reliability of inventory functions. To solve the problem the lindens were creating new inventory API’ s. See: Second Life News 2013-40. In week 41 Simon Linden told us the details of the new Inventory API’s had been provided to third party developers.

And Interest List Viewer was being anticipated for week 41. In week 42 we also heard from Richard Linden that Interest List changes were being finalized. The latest code was in QA. But, not yet ready for released to third party viewer developers. Richard gave us lots of information on how the Interest List changes were changing things. See: Second Life News 2013-42.

In the month of September Mesh Eyelashes were getting some coverage. Personally I love them. Juicybomb and Strawberry were writing about them and providing some handy information. See: Second Life Mesh Eye Lashes.

In week 42 an ATI video card incompatibility was addressed by fixes in Second Life™ Viewer 3.6.8 (282367).

The HTTP project was waiting on a QA slot.

In week 43 we saw mostly bug fixes rolling out the server RC’s.

This month we saw the Firestorm Development Team announced their development of a 64-bit viewer. See: Firestorm 64-Bit Viewer?

Image by: DoctorWho80 - Flickr

Image by: DoctorWho80 – Flickr

Linden Lab via Peter Gray finally responded to the uproar over the TOS change affecting intellectual property rights. See: Second Life TOS News 2013-43.

In week 44 some new features appeared in the RC viewers. The GPU Table got updates. The Facebook Share feature appeared in an RC viewer as 100% opt in feature. And the Request Teleport feature was added. For more information see: Second Life News 2013-44.

Also in week 44 BUG-4142 was getting a fix. That problem had to do with a ‘parcel full’ errors associated with vehicle region crossings. See: Second Life News 2013-44 #2

2 thoughts on “Second Life 2013 in Review

  1. Fantastic Summery condensing the whole year. Linden Lab truly were busy this year. For me the materials feature is my favourite feature of the year but I have acknowledge the year long efforts to improve the grid.

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