Second Life News 2018 w38

Servers

The main channel has updated to version #18.09.04.519319, labeled a change in logging.

The RC channels remain running the same version, #18.09.04.519319.

Simon Linden at the Sever-Scripting UG meeting said the RC roll is still undecided. That wasn’t noted in the Deploys thread. So…

♥♥♥ LTModa Wedding dress photo contest ♥♥♥

♥♥♥ LTModa Wedding dress photo contest ♥♥♥

I am not sure, but I think the operating system of the simulators and backend machines have been being updated. Some feel this may have affected various HTTP connections. Simon Linden says this update includes lots of low level updates and changes. So, it is possible.

Viewers

The main viewer is version 5.1.8.518593, since week #34.

Second Life Animesh Viewer version 6.0.0.518949 – Last updated in week #35.

Second Life Bugsplat Viewer version 5.1.9.519462 – Last updated in week #37. Continue reading

Catznip Beta 12.1.1 vs Firestorm 5.1.7

I just noticed a post from a couple of months back on the difference between Catznip Viewer and Firestorm Viewer. Alyona Su provides a good comparison based on her experience. She switched and is now using Catznip as her primary viewer. Not my experience.

Catznip vs Firestorm September 2018 – FS on timer: 00:01:23 @ DD 256m

Those switching to Catznip experience it being faster and less crashy than Firestorm. Remember. Viewers are very sensitive to the computer they run on. What is crashy on one machine may not be on another. Viewer speed in FPS and render time is also sensitive to your hardware and connection. So, Catznip may crash more and be slower on your hardware. But, try it and know. Hopefully the chance is you’ll have good results. If not, well no one will make you use it.

The release of Catznip I last used was Catznip R12 – Dec 31 2017 12:50:12 (64bit) (Catznip Release). Visiting the Catznip website you’ll find R12.0 is still the main release, Catznip R12 – Dec 31 2017 12:50:12 (64bit) (Catznip Release). OR version 12.0.6.180160035. No update since then. Continue reading

Second Life ACI is SO Screwed…

This week has seen discussion on the ARC/ACI values and how broken they are. See the SL Forum thread: Rigged mesh LoD bug. I knew ARC/ACI weren’t all that accurate. But, I thought they were reasonable comparisons. I still believe once up on a time they were. But, in light of this new information I can’t prove that.

ARC = Avatar Render Cost
ACI = Avatar Complexity Index

Comparing ACI in LL, FS, and BD viewers

The purpose of ACI is to influence users and designers to buy and create more efficient mesh content. Something along the lines of Consumer Reports, but free and in your face.

A couple of things have happened that has not only changed ACI’s usefulness but distorted it and pushed us away from its goal. Possibly even making it counterproductive Continue reading

Second Life News from Third-Party Dev UG 2018 w#34

By meeting time, the Voice RC viewer had promoted to the main viewer, 5.1.8.518593. They have already found one new bug. Still, voice should be better on this version.

The RC version of the Animesh was waiting for a merge with voice, but, in the meeting, Kyle Linden told us it had passed Q&A and should be up on the Alternate Viewers page by the time you read this.

Let me tell you the story ♫♫

Let me tell you the story ♫♫

So, you may see some frozen characters scooting around the grid, which is what you see when you do not have an Animesh viewer and look at Animesh.

The Love Me Render RC viewer needs to update with voice. We’ll likely see that this week, 35.

Next week another Maintenance RC viewer w/bug fixes should pop up on the page. Continue reading

Firestorm Fundraiser

The Firestorm Team provides the most popular viewer in Second Life™. They provide a new user area training people new to SL. They provide and maintain a JIRA, website, and wiki. There is a cost for all of these things.

Firestorm Logo

About 2-years ago they ran a fundraiser and have been paying for stuff from that effort. Now those funds are running low. It is time for a new fundraiser. See the article Gacha! A Firestorm Fund Raiser!

The Gacha event is happening at the Firestorm Sandbox. You can make a donation in the marketplace and you can pick up a Firestorm Jacket while you are there.

Or… you can make donations directly to Kio Feila in-world.

These funds go toward paying expenses. All labor is from volunteers.

Help out.

Second Life News 2018 week #33

We have a bit of news. Most of the interesting stuff I covered yesterday reporting on the 3rd-party Dev meeting. We have new viewer stuff too.

And finally Winter with its bitin' whinin wind and all the land will be mantled with snow

And finally Winter with its bitin’ whinin wind and all the land will be mantled with snow

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2018-08-10T11:52:23.546-07:00

[11:10] Grid Status Update: Rolling Restarts Main Channel Roll: Scheduled – We will be performing rolling restarts for regions on the main Second Life Server channel on Tuesday, August 14th, beginning at approximately 3:00 AM PDT. Please refrain from rezzing no copy objects and remember to save all builds. Please check this blog for updates.

2018-08-13T11:09:33.169-07:00

[11:13] Grid Status Update: Rolling Restarts RC Channel Roll: Scheduled – We will be performing rolling restarts for regions on the Magnum, Blue Steel, and Le Tigre RC server channels beginning at approximately 7:00 AM PDT on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018. Please refrain from rezzing no-copy objects, and remember to save all builds. Please check this blog for updates.

2018-08-13T11:12:12.296-07:00

[11:19] Grid Status Update: Scheduled Second Life Maintenance: Scheduled – On Wednesday, August 15th, we will be undergoing scheduled maintenance to Second Life starting at 6AM PDT. During this time, residents may be logged off and will not be able to log in until maintenance is complete. Please keep an eye on this blog for updates.

So, we have some down time ahead. Early Monday morning there was a previous bit of planned down time.  Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w32

Servers

The main channel is being updated today (Aug 7) with version #18.07.20.518082.  This is the Animesh version we had hopped to see roll out last month. We now have Animesh grid wide. However, we only have a project viewer for Animesh.

This version ran on Le Tigre and Magnum last week.

Down to earth from a special place

Down to earth from a special place

Blue Steel, Le Tiger, and Magnum RC channels are being updated to version #18.07.20.518086. This version is about Internal Fixes. It has Animesh too. It isn’t clear at this point if it is the same animesh as is on the main channel.

This version ran on Blue Steal last week. I am guessing the fixes in it are being tested with the Animesh changes this week.

Several people have noticed multiple restarts this morning. My home region restarted 3 times. About 45 minutes between restarts. Times are GMT 11:21, 12:30, and 13:14 (6:14 AM SLT). Continue reading

Second Life – Third-Party Dev Meeting 2018 w30

Short meeting. Linden engineers were in meetings and not moving a lot of code the last couple of weeks. There has only been 4 working days since the last Dev meeting 2 weeks ago.

The Bugspat Viewer is out in RC. The Lindens are testing a new crash reporting system.

The maintenance Viewer got a couple of more fixes.

The push is to get an Animesh Viewer out in RC form is on.

Estate Management Changes – Still getting a couple of parts completed.

LOTD 382 ☼ Safari

No problems associated with the Firestorm 5.1.7 update. Yay!

BUG-225157 – [RC Blue Steel 18.07.17.517953] Adjusting specular horizontal offset also adjusts specular vertical offset on Blue Steel regions only – The fix is in QA.

EEP is in progress. However, it is held up, as is BoM, by an inventory update. Those inventory fixes move slowly. Once those changes are done the EPP and BoM changes can be made.

The Group Notices for offline catching is updating and still being worked on. The next server-side update is in QA.

That is about it.