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Second Life Viewer mandatory update notification?


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Good Question.

Even as a Premium Member, a Beta Tester, a long time member of the SL Answers team as well as a contributor to the SL JIRA, I've / we rarely are informed of the next push of a mandatory SL viewer update  I can;t remember ever seeing that announced in the SL Blog Feeds either.

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Good Question.

Even as a Premium Member, a Beta Tester, a long time member of the SL Answers team as well as a contributor to the SL JIRA, I've / we rarely are informed of the next push of a mandatory SL viewer update  I can;t remember ever seeing that announced in the SL Blog Feeds either.

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It hasn't been announced, but I suspect that the next big update from Linden Lab may be one of those rare mandatory ones. At the very least, if you don't update, you will have a much less satisfying SL experience.  Server Side Avatar Baking has been in testing for several months and is nearly ready for rollout.  (See http://blog.nalates.net/2013/01/07/second-life-news-2013-2/).  Basically, all of the avatar files that currently sit on your hard drive will be moved to the servers instead.  That will mean an end to the frustrating and very common cloud of bake fail problems we have dealt with in SL for years.  It will also mean that anyone with a viewer that does not have the new code in it will see all avatars as grey, untextured mannequins.  The third party viewers, except for Phoenix, will roll out their own updates as LL rolls out theirs. 

As for how to stay abreast, I recommend Nalates' blog (link above) as probably the most informative source. 

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