New Firestorm Viewer Update (5.0.11.53634)


Firestorm Login Page 2018

On 24th January the Firestorm team released a new version of the Firestorm Viewer (5.0.11.53634). See the full changelog here (release notes)

This latest update brings the Firestorm Viewer right up to date with the Lab’s 5.0.9 code base. The new version comes with many new features, performance updates and tons of fixes. This is the first significant update so far this year with planned quarterly releases throughout 2018.

Main Highlights

The Asset-HTTP Project

This feature moves fetching of several types of assets to HTTP. This means that landmarks, wearables (system layer clothing and body parts), sounds, gestures and animations will now be fetched the same way as textures, mesh and avatar baking information via a direct query to a CDN (Content Delivery Network) instead of through the simulator. This should generally make loading of such content both faster and more reliable.

Group Ability  “Always allow ‘create landmark”

The “Always allow ‘create landmark`” group ability was accidentally removed a while ago.
Always allow ‘create landmark` enabled on a group role allows members of that role to override the teleport routing (e.g. right click → teleport to) on the parcel if a landing point is set, as long as Direct Teleport is enabled on the region.

Group Ability  “Always allow ‘create landmark”

The “Always allow ‘create landmark`” group ability was accidentally removed a while ago.
Always allow ‘create landmark` enabled on a group role allows members of that role to override the teleport routing (e.g. right click → teleport to) on the parcel if a landing point is set, as long as Direct Teleport is enabled on the region.

Windows & Mac versions now have Havok support

As a result of the work that the Lab have done on their Alex Ivy 64-bit project, we are now able to bring you the long-anticipated, Havok-enabled 64-bit Firestorm, once again restoring all the functionality of the 32-bit viewer but keeping the stability and speed of the 64-bit viewer.

What’s new in this update ? 

* Updated to LL codebase 5.0.9, which includes, among other things:

– The Asset-Http Project
This feature moves fetching of several types of assets to HTTP.

– Fixes for avatar physics bugging out at very low or very high FPS
A long awaited fix to have you wiggling and jiggling at your very best.

* Firestorm 5.0.11 64 bit Windows & Mac versions now have Havok support thanks to Linden Lab!

* Added the ability to view an object’s physics shape in edit mode
See http://beqsother.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/coming-to-firestorm-soon-couple-of-new.html for more details.

* Added the ability to show specific mesh LODs in edit and new mesh information added to the Object tab
See http://beqsother.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/coming-to-firestorm-soon-couple-of-new.html for more details.

* Added an option to “reset” broken meshes worn on avatars due to stuck LOD

* Added ability to view inventory count from inventory floater. (Some by LL, some changes by FS)

* Added new resource usage information to the inspect floater
Added a Total Stats summary and additional columns for faces, vertices, triangles, texture memory (TMem) and VRAM to the inspect floater

* Added an option to show/hide invitations to already joined groups.

* New command line options: /zoffset_up: Offset your avatar upward by 0.05.
/zoffset_down: Offset your avatar downward by 0.05.

* New Celestia medium redux font added specially for all the Bronies.

* Added an “avatar is in the same parcel” indicator to the radar

* OpenSim – Added support for Gloebit currency
For more information about Gloebit, see https://www.gloebit.com/about-gloebit

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2018 exciting events happening in Second Life


There are many exciting events to look forward to during 2018 in Second Life. This year it’s going to be pretty awesome. There will be huge anniversaries, fund-raising events, live music/concerts events, new grand openings, Linden supported events and more.

Around the clock there are of ton’s of live events happening in Second Life all year around. Here are some of the most popular key events happening this year in Second Life…make sure to add these to your calendar!

Upcoming Events

Other Events – dates still yet to be confirmed…

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Know of any more 2018 Second Life events ?

Feel free to add them in the comments section

Please spread the word 🙂

Thanks so much 

Pete Linden Leaves Linden Lab After 9 Years


Pete Linden leaves Linden Lab after 9 years – 2016

Breaking News

According to Inara Pey & New World Notes it looks like Pete Linden (Peter Gray  known in real life) has decided to depart Linden Lab after nine years. Peter Gray was Linden Lab’s Senior Director of Global Communications. Pete will be moving on to a new role with the communications team at Facebook AI Research. Pete is going to be missed by all members of the press in Second Life, the wider Second Life community and the lab most importantly.

Pete Linden has served under four Second Life CEOs including Philip Rosedale, Mark Kingdon, Rod Humble and currently Ebbe Altberg. Pete Linden has made special appearances over the years at well-known Second Life events including VWBPE annual conferences, the Second Life birthday celebrations and taking questions from audiences at the Meet the Linden interviews which have all been hugely successful. Pete was involved with Blocksworld and Sansar in recent years too.

The big question now is who is going to replace Peter Gray to deal with Linden Lab communications ?

I wish him all the very best in his new role at Facebook and I would like to say thanks to him for the past nine years.

Pete Linden and Ebbe Linden – 2014
Pete Linden & Rodvik Linden – 2011

Good luck Peter 🙂

Second Life Private Estates Net Losses Was Lower During 2017


Weekly net change in private estates for 2017

It’s been another bumpy ride for private estates in Second Life during 2017 but according to the latest update by Tyche Shepherd the Second Life grid lost 677 private estate regions in total which is a 4.0 loss in 52 weeks. Back In 2016 the net loss was much higher standing at 992 private estates lost. Back in 2015 the net loss was 819 (4.4% loss).

The good news from this is that the weekly net loss change in private estates has slightly dropped since 2015 but it’s still high though. There hasn’t been a lot of positive net growth for private estates in Second Life since then either as you can see from the graph above. It would be nice to see more positive region growth during 2018 in Second Life.

End of 2017 Second Life Regions Update 

  • Total Main Grid regions – 23, 332
  • Total Private Estates – 16, 106
  • Total Linden Owned – 7, 226
  • As of 31st December 2017

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