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Whoa! So much generosity, fundraiser complete!

Once again I find myself flabbergasted by the level of community support we receive from our users. In just over two weeks we have raised just over L$1.3 million lindens between Gacha sales and donations! This will be more than enough to keep us going for a few more years.

Our server admin, Mygoditsfullofstars, has already upgraded us to one new server and you should see faster download times as a result. He’s now very busy working to upgrade and migrate all our other things over to a better server too. There is even enough now to cover our Kakadu license renewal, possibly for two years!

The Firestorm team and I are forever grateful and appreciative for the support we receive from our community.

However, we must put a stop to this madness … for taxation reasons anyways. So we’re going to stop stocking the shelves with gachas and call this fund raiser successful and complete—but there is still quite a lot of stuff still available! You can find it from this slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20Sandbox/30/193/2702

Special thanks to all who gave donations, many were very generous! Special thanks to Kio Feila as well for all her hard work trying to keep the shelves stocked. Thank you also to all our Gateway volunteers and managers for enduring the additional traffic!

Thank you all SO MUCH for your support!

Jessica Lyon
Project Manager
The Phoenix Firestorm Project, Inc.

Gacha! A Firestorm Fund Raiser!

On January 29th, 2016, we ran a fund-raiser by selling custom Firestorm-branded jackets and were absolutely blown away by the community support. We’ve been covering our increasing overhead and operating costs with those funds ever since, but those funds are running low now.

We need to replace our our main server, which hosts our Jira, web site, wiki, code repository, etc as it is long past its prime, and we’ve had plenty of outages over the past year as a result. We also continue to provide the Kakadu codec to the Firestorm viewer to bring you superior rendering, but this comes at a hefty annual licensing cost. Finally, we use some of the funds to pay recurring (subsidized by LL) estate fees as well as commissions for the Firestorm Community Gateway, where we are doing amazing work in the area of new-user retention and new-user help.

To raise needed funds for Firestorm, we bring you…

Gacha Fund Raising!

For months now we’ve been collecting and categorizing hundreds of unusual and interesting gachas from around SL in hopes some of you may be interested in buying them. Prices are as varied as the selection!

Although we may sell out quickly, this will be an ongoing, long-term project. We hope folks will continue to donate gachas to us and will return to buy gachas in turn, so check back often!

The gacha sales location can be found in world here!
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20Sandbox/30/193/2702.

There is also an option there to provide L$ donations OR you can still buy Firestorm jackets at our marketplace store!

For gacha donations please send them to Kio Feila in world.

All funds raised will be used directly and solely towards our operating costs and overhead. (Firestorm personnel are volunteers and receive no compensation.)

 

On behalf of myself, and the entire Firestorm Team…

THANK YOU for your support! We love you all!

Jessica Lyon
Project Manager
The Phoenix Firestorm Project, Inc.

Firestorm Release! v5.1.7.55786

Firestorm Update version 5.1.7.55786 in the wild!

We don’t issue updates frequently for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that most of you dislike updating. We also want to make sure our updates are worth your time to download and install. THIS is one of those updates

We’ve put a lot of work into this release and sincerely hope you will update to get the latest features, improvements, stability and bug fixes!

For a complete and comprehensive review of this update, please hop on over to Inara Pey’s Blog to read her thoughts on the update. 
Click for Inara’s Blog post

For a highlight reel, though, see below for just the tiniest fraction of what’s in this version that we think you might appreciate.

Full Release notes can be found here: Release notes.

Highlights!

  • Merged up to the current LL 5.1.6 codebase, including Project Alex Ivy, voice updates & fixes, media updates & rendering updates.
  • RLV updated to RLVa 2.2 by Kitty Barnett. Release notes: http://wiki.catznip.com/index.php/RLVa_2.2_Release_Notes
  • New user-contributed Windlights from Jean Severine, Penny Patton and Lassie Resident.
  • Added font choice and font size options for the script editor by Ansariel Hiller.
  • New code to improve region crossings contributed by Animats Resident.
  • New “Wearable Favorites” feature by Ansariel Hiller.
    The Wearable Favorites window allows you to list frequently used items, HUDs as an example, in an easily accessible location so that you can quickly attach and detach them as needed. Documentation here
  • Added the ability to do time-based, temporary parcel bans by Liny Odell.
    This new feature adds the ability to ban Residents from a parcel for a specific amount of time.
    Minimum ban time is 1 hour; maximum ban time is 8766 hours (approximately 1 year).
    Select the number of hours when the Ban Duration window opens and press OK. Otherwise, leave it at 0 to permaban.

 

As part of our 3-version rule, we will be blocking version 5.0.1.52150 from accessing Second Life grid as of August 14th (3 weeks). It will continue to function for Opensim.

 

Enjoy!

The Firestorm Team