[SLED] the latest client

Eloise Pasteur eloisepasteur at gmail.com
Fri Feb 6 02:53:44 PST 2009

Your memory needs a check Rollig, I can think of at least 3 mandatory  
upgrades since the day of liberation, but most of the rest of the  
information is correct.

If you install 1.21 there's a reasonable chance you will remain able  
to use it for the rest of the academic year, but there is no  
guarantee. You can increase your chances by either downloading your  
own variant client (I like cool viewer personally, but I install on my  
own machines rather than run a computer lab) which are usually stable,  
have their own extra features and are nearly always tagged with a  
branch channel identifier which makes them immune to the forced  
upgrade process (the Mac Cool Viewer branches still run optionally  
patched 1.19 quite happily, plus 1.21.6 and the last time I saw it had  
1.22.rc6 as the latest version of the RC available. 1.22 rc8 will  
doubtless be along soon).

If you don't like the idea of downloading "false" code (it's all  
legal, as the client is Open Source, but a lot of people would rather  
trust Linden Lab than someone they don't know) you can either make  
your own client from scratch, or with a lot less work repackage the  
main client as homebrew with its own channel identifier - although  
it's not incredibly helpful there's a wiki page at http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Channel_and_Version_Requirements 
  that details approximately how to do this. As soon as you have your  
own channel identifier you're responsible for the updates, not Linden  
Lab. It is theoretically possible they will reverse nearly two years  
of supporting and open sourcing the client and the variety of clients  
that are available (there are over a dozen I know of) and release a  
game-breaker (stopping QT streaming altogether and forcing it to only  
stream via open source video and audio code for example) but they've  
not announced any such intent and they have just announced a "road-map  
VP" so you'd hope they would! (The RC8 seems to be moving away from  
using QT to OS versions, but there's currently no indication that this  
will break the QT streaming that is currently used.)


On 6 Feb 2009, at 06:44, Rolig Loon wrote:

> You make your own choices about risk assessment, of course, but when
> LL releases a new client it has already gone through a period of beta
> testing as a series of RC viewers and is theoretically ready for the
> big time. Last year, LL adjusted their previous practice of mandatory
> updates with a new release, in part because institutional users wanted
> to avoid re-imaging at awkward times in a semester, business cycle, or
> whatever. Unless there is a serious security patch being added with
> the upgrade, LL maintains support for previous client versions for an
> indeterminate period of time. To my recollection, there has been only
> one mandatory upgrade since that policy change took effect. As for the
> specific advantages of waiting for 1.22r8 instead of sticking with
> 1.21, I have no idea. My guess, however, is that you do little harm by
> waiting.  Someone with more IT awareness than me will probably give
> you a better answer soon.
> Rolig
> On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 12:29 AM, Judy Cockeram
> <j.cockeram at auckland.ac.nz> wrote:
>> Hi All
>> Massively - http://www.massively.com/2009/02/05/second-life-1-22-rc8-now-available/ 
>>    are reporting that 1.22 R8 is available but this is not the  
>> release they(LL) have for new clients signing up.
>> I have two questions
>> 1) I am building an image for the 100 computers in our studios that  
>> in reality will have to 'survive' 6mths - would you opt to use 1.21  
>> or find (somehow) 1.22 r8?
>> 2) and Does Lindens 'little changes released regularly" policy  
>> cause problems for those who are x-mths behind?
>> Cheers and thanks
>> Judy
>> JudyArx Scribe
>> Judy Cockeram
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