Firstly I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the overwhelmingly positive response by our users to my last blog post. Truly it is that kind of support that keeps our spirits high and morale strong and that motivates us to keep on keeping on. Thank you!
Big changes coming!
As some of you may have already seen, LL has released a blog post about the upcoming Server Side Baking (SSB) changes, also known as Server Side Appearance (SSA), also known as Project Sunshine. You can see the blog post here http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Faster-Avatar-Loading-on-the-Horizon/ba-p/2026857 AND a Torley video explaining the whole thing here http://youtu.be/jwglL3VXI80 (highly recommended you watch it!). The release of that blog post and the video suggest it wont be long now before LL flips that switch.
Huge migration – please be patient!
Although the majority of Firestorm users are on 4.4.0, as of today, according to LL statistics, we currently have roughly 85,000 users still on Firestorm versions that do not support Server Side Baking. On top of that we have roughly 60,000 users still on Phoenix versions that also do not and will not support Server Side Baking. This works out to roughly 145,000 users who will need to migrate over to whatever our most recent Server Side Baking supported Firestorm version happens to be. During this time we ask that you please understand our support team is going to be absolutely inundated. Please be patient with them. They will be doing their best under extremely difficult circumstances the likes of which we’ve never had to deal with.
You may have noticed that I said, “…whatever our most recent Server Side Baking supported Firestorm version….” This is because we are hurriedly trying to get a 4.4.1 release out with major bug fixes to our 4.4.0 release. However, since we still have no accurate ETA from LL on when they will roll SSB out, we do not know if we will be able to get 4.4.1 out in time. Whether you update to 4.4.0 now or wait in hopes that we’ll have a 4.4.1 out will be up to you, but I would recommend you update now.
In Torley’s video he mentions a stage that “includes some polish.” This refers to a code drop from LL a few weeks ago with a little over 100 code changes. We very much hope to be able to include this code in the 4.4.1 update; however, at the time of writing this, the state of that code is, by LL’s definition, “unstable.” Chances are we won’t have this polish for 4.4.1, which may or may not lead to yet another update to 4.4.2.
Keep yourself informed daily!
A lot is up in the air right now for everyone. We are all approaching a time of confusion and difficulty, but in the long run it will all be for the better. Accurate planning is nearly impossible, and things may frequently change at a moment’s notice. I ask that you keep an eye on the blogs during this time to keep yourself updated frequently with what is going on and help everyone by trying to keep yourself and those around you informed.
Recommended blogs for keeping up to date:
http://modemworld.wordpress.com/ General SL information
http://blog.nalates.net General SL information
http://letteponnier.blogspot.ca/ Firestorm specific, esp support related.
And of course we will continue to keep you posted here.
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