Beginning June 15, Linden Lab is moving to an updated web cashier for reasons of security (called TLS 1.2), which will affect how transactions are processed. As they have posted with respect to third party viewers,
Actively maintained Third Party Viewers should have versions available that have the required support. Older or unmaintained viewers may not, and you will not be able to use them for L$ transactions after the deadline if you do not update.
Firestorm version 4.7.7 is fully up to date and compatible with the changes about to be implemented. If you are already using 4.7.7, you don’t need to do anything. The other two currently usable Firestorm versions (4.7.3 and 4.7.5) are not compatible with TLS 1.2. Linden Lab has not tested what the specific breakages will be on June 15, but at a minimum, users on these versions will not be able to purchase linden dollars through the viewer. LL’s latest info is that they “believe” that users on older versions will also be unable to make inworld shopping purchases or to send and receive money (see today’s Third Party Viewer Development meeting; video link is set to start at the TLS discussion).
Read Linden Lab’s announcement in full here. From there, you will also be able to test your web browser to make sure you are compatible with the new cashier system outside the viewer as well.
We recommend updating to Firestorm 4.7.7 prior to June 15 if you aren’t yet on this version. We will not be blocking 4.7.3 and 4.7.5 at this time, so updating is voluntary, but it is strongly encouraged.
Other Important Changes Coming Up
JellyDolls are a recently implemented update to Linden Lab’s official viewer (V3) that allows the user to view avatars over a specified avatar complexity as a single-toned silhouette rather than as fully rendered. The purpose is to improve performance on that person’s system. If you have been told by a V3 user that you look like a purple, brown, or green mass, there is nothing wrong with your avatar or their viewer; your avatar’s complexity is simply over that person’s threshold. See Linden Lab’s explanation and video for more information. Firestorm will include JellyDolls in its next release (though we don’t know when that will be yet).
For an explanation of what this project is, see Linden Lab’s post here. LL rolled out support for Project Bento to the SL servers this week, which means the infrastructure is there for people to start making Bento avatars and using Bento-compatible viewers. However, the viewer code is not fully in place, and neither Firestorm nor the main V3 release has support for Bento yet. If you see the occasional distorted avatar (there should not be very many at this stage), it might have been created with extra bones Bento allows. Firestorm will support Bento in the future.