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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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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 🙂

Winter Wonderland 2017 in Second Life


Winter Wonderland in Second Life is such a lovely and fun destination to visit during the Christmas season. There is a snowball fight arena, race track, a winter village, a Ferris wheel, ice skating and much more spanning across four regions.

The 2017 Snowball fight (Residents Vs Lindens) will take place from 11am SLT to 1pm SLT on Friday 15th December 2017 over at the Snowball Fight Arena. 

Check out my 2017 snapshots of Winter Wonderland below.

Enjoy an exciting snowy adventure in this winter attraction by Linden Lab. Enjoy some holiday gifts in the Village of Lights, or a nice skate around the rink with friends. Take a look over the regions on the top of our Winter Ferris Wheel or race around the track. Don’t miss the snowball fight arena!

Visit Winter Wonderland in Second Life – SLURL

Lindens vs Residents Snowball Fight 2017 Announcement


Winter Wonderland 2017

Great news for anyone that loves Lindens Vs Residents snowball fights it’s back again this year. Linden Lab have announced details about the annual event on the official Second Life blog named Joy to the Grid! Winter Wonderland Returns & A Snowball Fight Cometh! 

This year the Snowball fight will take place from 11am SLT to 1pm SLT on Friday 15th December 2017 over at the Snowball Fight Arena.

There are five amazing Winter Wonderland regions to explore and have fun in during December.

Snowball Fight Arena 2017

SAVE THE DATE – RESIDENT and LINDEN SNOWBALL SHOWDOWN!
Holidays have traditions – the gathering of families, the giving of gifts, the food and merriment, and – in our case – the Linden/Resident Snowball Showdown! This is your chance to arm yourself with some sweet snow-slinging artillery, take to the sparkling ice, and attack your friends, fellow Residents, and some Lindens with snowballs galore! But, you had better be prepared to get pummeled in return, because much of the joy of the holidays is giving – even if that means giving someone a snowball sandwich when they are least expecting it. Join us at the Snowball Fight Arena on Friday – December 15th from 11 am to 1 pm (SLT) and prepare to get pummeled!

Winter Wonderland central

You really don’t want to miss this massive snowball fight this year. This year there have been some changes made to the race track and a smaller version of the Village of Light which is worth checking out. There are holiday gifts in the village. a Winter Ferris wheel, a ice skating rink and so much more.

SNOWBALL FIGHT ARENA
While the scheduled Linden and Resident Snowball Showdown isn’t happening until December 15th – the arena is fully loaded with snow, snowball arsenal and some ‘capture the flag’ type castles for you to get lots of practice and training in! Many an epic snowball showdown (and one pumpkin smash fight!) have graced these fair lands – and this year will prove to be among the most epic! Grab a few friends and family members, and make some memories!

WINTER SNOW TRACK
Attention thrill-seekers:this may be just the spot for you! Grab a snowboard and/or snowmobile from the nearby vendors and hit the icy slopes at high speeds! Swish and whoosh as you through the glinting snow tracks. Be sure to hold on tight as you race other Residents to the finish line.

ICE SKATE ARENA
Glide with the grace of a swan across the frozen lake at the Ice Skate Arena – we’ll even provide the skates –  free from nearby vendors. This romantic spot is the perfect place to take your sweetheart for a spin before some hot cocoa and a snuggle at the ferris wheel.

FERRIS WHEEL
The Linden Department of Public Works did an incredible job on creating breath-taking views all over Winter Wonderland, and you will be hard-pressed to find one better than the romantic view gleaned from atop the Ferris Wheel.  Have your snapshot finger ready, and your special someone at your side because between the lights, sights, and delights of the fireworks show, you are sure to witness some magical moments you’ll want to preserve.

Winter adventures start here 🙂