Second Life™ News Week 31-32

Other bit of news from the Third Party Developer’s meeting (7/31):

RSS Feed for Grid Status

RSS feed for Grid Status is moving to new platform. The URL will not change just the format is changing from RSS1 to RSS2. But, if you read the status pages, the change is visually significant.



The setup is said to be coming soonish, but seems to be working now. A temp URL will let TPD’s test the feed. See: which redirects me to

Eventually the old URL will redirect to this new status page. Oz currently expects that existing URL to change direction in November 2015.

Developers contact Oz if there are problems.

Chromocumulonimbus or Steven Linden, is handling the changes for this update.


Lab has been reviewing NiranV’s recommended changes to the new snapshot panel. Oz says they will be adopting most of those changes. So, expect a new snapshot panel in the near future. Oz describes it as great stuff.

Simulator Improvements

Content Loss of no copy items –  a fix from studying content loss issues is on the way.  The Lindens are planning a pile-on test at noon next Friday to test specific scenarios and general conditions. They want as many different viewers in the test as possible. The Firestorm peeps will be talking to their Beta Testers.

Notice of the test should arrive by Wednesday in week 32.

No effect on restore to last position.

The problem of losing inventory items has been traced to a race condition. When a no-copy item failed to rez the race could end improperly causing a  lost item. The details of the problem and fix are coming to a code release near you… The changes are significant.

Linden Gathering

If I understood correctly the Lindens will be getting together for an SL ideas exchange (BBQ) to decide on what will be the leading projects for the next 6 months. This will happen this Sunday (8/2).

We may hear some of what the decide at the next Third Party Dev’s meeting.


When the Lab releases their VMM viewer the Firestorm team will build a final VMM text version and release it to their Beta Testers, the testers will have about a day, then the FS preview group will get it. Then about a week later they will make a final version available for all.

So, a Linden Tuesday release would mean FS will have a preview version by Thursday and a release version the following Tuesday.

A lot can go wrong with this estimate. It is a best guess assuming everything works well.


The VIVOX peeps are working on one more bug affecting SL. Oz has no word on an ETA for the fix. But, Oz expects to see a project viewer with the VIVOX fix soon. Oz will know more about the 21st of August when the Lab has its regular meeting with VIVOX.

Inventory Deflating Tool

Kyle Linden says the tool is still in QA. Remember those people with LARGE flat inventories? You know those with more than 10k items in a folder and especially the root folder. They can have a problem logging in.

The tool is something SL Support can use to fix the problem by moving items into numerous sub-folders. I thought this was already complete, but Kyle tells us it is just coming out of QA. So, they are only close to having it completed. Yet, it has been used on a few people that have had the problem and it mostly worked as intended. So… soon.

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