The Second Life™ Third Party Viewer Developers meeting was yesterday (7/10). It was another short meeting, 25± minutes. There is a bit of news, but not anything really exciting. There is a bit about when the next Firestorm Release will arrive.
The first 4 minutes are so were spent talking with the Lindens about when they were going to release the Viewer Managed Marketplace (VMM). The release is problematic for Firestorm’s team. They want to include VMM in the next FS release and release as close as possible to the Linden’s release of VMM. But, the Lindens have to be done and stop making changes to VMM before the FS Team can finalize their work.
Once the Lab releases, finalizes their code, then the Firestorm team can merge the code with Firestorm’s. Once merged there is three weeks of testing. If testing goes well they can release a new version of FS.
It took more meeting time to get to a place where some of the fog on what the Lab is going to do cleared and we could get a better idea of when the next Firestorm Viewer version is likely to release. More on that as we go along.
Initially Oz reviewed the viewers they have in the RC cue. All of these have recently updated and added in the Experience Tools feature.
- Second Life Big Bird Viewer version 220.127.116.113130 – Attachment fixes – BUG-7761 – Phantom scripted attachments after teleport, is NOT fixed.*
- Second Life Importer Viewer version 18.104.22.1683230 – They think this one will be the final
- Second Life Maintenance Viewer version 22.214.171.1243166 – Large collection of fixes
- Second Life VMM Viewer version 126.96.36.1993315 – the newest version
Oz wouldn’t say/predict which would be the next release. Jessica explained that the next release of Firestorm is dependent on what the Lab does with VMM, so it is important they know… or more so that the order of release be known. For Firestorm VMM and Big Bird need to be the next releases. Otherwise, it is likely to throw their plan off track and delay the FS release.
The Lindens weren’t being particularly helpful and certainly not agreeing to plan. But, as Grumpity says, they cannot promise which one will release next as it depends on crash rates. Nor is it reasonable to have the Lab slow or delay a release for a third party viewer, even Firestorm.
VMM may be delayed as something has happened and some of the VMM viewer’s XML files are malformed. The Lindens are working on fixing it. I think they have them reformed correctly, but they aren’t sure the content is correct. The problem does suggest that VMM will not be the next release, which is a pain for the FS Team.
The best scenario for FS is if the Lab can release Big Bird and then VMM in that order or together. Oz says fixing VMM and releasing it will likely take 3 weeks in a best case scenario. Add in Firestorm’s 3 weeks of testing after the Linden release and the Firestorm release is at least 6 weeks away.
The last viewer in the RC list is:
- Second Life Obsolete Platforms Viewer version 188.8.131.520847 – For old computers
But, this will never be a main release viewer. This viewer should be in a different location as it is more of a legacy viewer than an RC. I have no idea how someone coming to SL with an old computer is supposed to find this version, which sort of makes its existence pointless. But, may be there is something in the SL web sites that detects what type computer is being used and redirects new users to the correct viewer… maybe…
Addition pages, links below…