Server updates are coming slower than in 2013 and 2014. The Lab seems to be settling into an update every other week. This week the RC channels saw and update roll out, but not last week. The main channel did not get a roll out this week, but did last week.
My thinking is that after 3 or more years of intense weekly bug fixing, the Lab has to be running out of bugs. In the last 30 days only 229 issues have been filed. Some number of those are duplicates. Of those 200 have been handled. There is probably some way to separate out viewer, web, and server issues. But, I haven’t tried. A quick count across the first page of issues gives me the impression about 20% of the issues are sort of server related. So, that is about 40 issues for the last 30 days and presumably 30 something of those are fixed.
While there are still 1,400+ unresolved issues on the BUG list, it is hard to tell how many are about the web sites, viewer, and server. Almost all of those 1,400+ unresolved reports are showing needs more info. This usually means there is not enough information available for the Lindens to reproduce the error. If they can’t reproduce it, they can’t fix it.
I have no information or words from Lindens to suggest they are pulling people from bug fixing to working on projects. I suspect they have, but I don’t know.
The RC channels, all 3, rolled to a new RC release. This release has; backend bug fixes, changes to logging, and Reply-To email addressing changed in postcard sends from the viewer. This last is an attempt to look less spammy to mail servers on the net.
Since this is a server side change I assume all viewers will see the effect of the change when you are in an RC channel region.
We know from Simon Linden that work is continuing on Advanced Experience Tools. They are currently working on the key-values database. But, what else they are working on they aren’t saying, other than that there are some fun things coming. Now whether a programmer’s idea of ‘fun things’ matches mine or not…
There is a rare group chat bug that stops the flow of messages to some users. The Lindens think they have a fix. It was being tested this Thursday (5m/14d/15y) at the Server Beta UG meeting. As these fixes roll to backend servers with no scheduled update cycle and the fact that they keep such information confidential to get more realistic feedback (avoid pseudo symptoms), we can’t know when these new changes will roll out, but soon.