Second Life News 2018 w/36

Monday was a US holiday, Labor Day. So, scheduled things are off this week. As of 9:45 AM this morning and 3:45 PM this afternoon there is no Deploys thread post in the forum. However, my mainland home region did restart this morning.

Sea Life

Sea Life

There probably was no roll and this was just a 2-week restart for performance’s sake.

RL pulled me away today and I missed the Server-Scripting UG meeting… 🙁  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 2018 w/#35

Servers

Yesterday I couldn’t make the user group meeting, RL lunch meeting. So, I’m relying on Inara’s coverage and the Deploys thread for what came out in that meeting.

Searching for Light in the darkness

Searching for Light in the darkness

There was no roll planned for the main channel. My main channel home region did not get a restart. It continues to run version #18.08.10.518612.

AFAIK, the RC channels did restart all updating to version #18.08.24.519036. This is some backend change needed to get the new land auction system working. 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

Second Life News 2018 w34

Servers

The main channel will update to version #18.08.10.518612. This version will allow notices you neither accept nor decline to hang around until the next login.

Blue Steel, Le Tigre, and Magnum channels will continue to run version #18.08.10.518612. No rolls.

And no Server-Scripting UG meeting this week.

Ceka Genesis

Ceka Genesis

Viewers

The main viewer is version 5.1.7.517973 released in week #32.

Second Life Animesh Viewer version 6.0.0.518579 – Released in week #33.

Second Life Bugsplat Viewer version 5.1.8.518305 – Week #32.

Second Life Love Me Render Viewer version 5.1.8.518751 – New this week. This version focuses on Rendering fixes to the Viewer. Release Notes

Second Life Voice Viewer version 5.1.8.518593 – This is a new update to version 5.1.8.518310, which was released in week #32.

Second Life Project 360 Snapshot Viewer version 5.1.6.515934 – Last updated in week #10.

Second Life Project Bakes On Mesh Viewer version 5.1.7.518013 – Released in week #32.

Second Life Project EAM Viewer version 5.2.0.518362 – Released in week #33. This is the Estate Access Management viewer.

Other News

Hamlet at New World Notes points us to a job listing that suggests the Lab is considering developing a viewer for iOS and Android. See Linden Lab Creating IOS & Android Versions Of SL, Job Listing Suggests. The job listing is here: Senior Mobile App Dev.

Some points in the listing lead to speculation the iOS and Android support would be a server side render streamed to the devices. A Bright Canopy sort of thing. If that is the direction, would it be a monthly charged service or a Premium benefit?

Second Life and the Future of Apple Users

For SL users there is the Apple question, will Second Life™ run on Apple? Or… continue to run on Apple?

In June of this year Apple announced its discontinuing support of OpenGL after macOS 10.14 Mojave (scheduled for release Sept 2018), the core aspect of SL’s render engine. It will take a couple of years for Apple to phase it out. But, updates and support officially stop now. For some time support has been really bad.

● 1325 Colorful Disaster

They explained their reasoning when some game developers declared they would stop making games for Apple.

The reasons;

  • OpenGL was designed 25 years ago.
  • Core architecture is from the beginning days of 3D graphics.
  • Designed is based on outdated thinking.
  • OpenGL is a legacy tool with updates ‘tacked’ on.
  • Hardware GPU work flow has changed.
  • Never designed for multi-threading.
  • Today’s rendering is asynchronous.

On the PC side of things OpenGL is still supported. We can’t know for how long. Khronos, OpenGL’s developer, has introduced Vulkan. (See: State of Graphics: DirectX 12 & Vulkan – 4/2016) Development is exciting and popular. The group is on the forefront of some interesting tech. But, I don’t know that it will be helpful for SL. Continue reading

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

SL Third-Party Dev Meeting 2018 w32

Not many attending last Friday… Some news mostly updates.

The Bugsplat RC Viewer should be identical to default viewer. The only difference is it uploads crash reports to the Bugsplat system. The Lindens are wrapping up their evaluation. There is no information pre-evaluation on where this is going. Oz Linden through it was going well. But, until the numbers and Linden-users’ evals are in no can know.

illusion

illusion

There is a Voice RC Viewer out and another in QA that uses a newer Vivox SDK. In the newer one voice crashes recover automatically.

Oz tells us there are 3 other viewer candidates likely to appear this week (#33).

The Animesh RC will get an update. Another Rendering changes version is coming. A new Maintenance version is in the wings waiting for a simulator change – the offline communication thing. The point here is to be more reliable in delivering messages at login, which were sent to you while you are offline.

Also, there are 3 Project viewers; the Estate Management Tools’ new features for the ban list, for which they are looking for feedback. There is the Snapshot Viewer which has no change, but they hope to get back to soon. For now, they are likely working on the Facebook problem with snapshots not uploading. The whole world seems to be on FB’s case. Continue reading