I am not exactly happy about what I have to announce here, but this is how it is going to be:
The next Dolphin Viewer is not going to be around any time soon.
I have looked at the mess that my current state of the sources would produce, and I have (finally but far too late) come to this decision:
I will start from scratch.
Right now, taking the current Dolphin Viewer source and just “shoe-horning” in everything new from the official sources produces a terrible mess that does not compile cleanly, let alone works. Besides, the last Dolphin Viewer has a quite large number of features that don’t work any more, due to changes that the Lab has made in the meantime.. temp uploads being one of them.
So, I’ll basically have to reinvent everything. That will of course take some time. I’m guessing “several months” right now, not the least due to the fact that with my new job that I have been doing since April, I’m travelling a lot, so I’m not even home all that much. I’ll see how much I can do on my company laptop.
I will go back to my usual “release early, release often” policy, as soon as I have something that is properly branded as Dolphin Viewer and has more to offer than just the name. I will plan to release at least a public beta as soon as I have something.
Not exactly totally unrelated: I will eventually stop building / providing openSUSE rpm packages for some of the other third party viewers in my OBS repository. I just can’t seem to get more than 24 hours out of a day.
… and Dolphin Viewer 3 is not ready … sorry about that.
I’m working on it as hard as I can, and it shouldn’t be more than a couple of weeks now. I have to do a bit of QA on it, I do want to release something usable after all.
This notice only affects linux users.
On November 5th, openSUSE 11.4 has reached its end-of-life date.
For linux-based users of the Dolphin Viewer 3, this means that there will be no more rpm packages for openSUSE 11.4 from now on.
If you are using 11.4 and can’t upgrade to 12.1 or 12.2 you will have to use the tarballed linux release.
For obvious reasons this has no effect on users of other linux versions, or Mac OS X or Windows.
This post only concerns those of you, who are currently running openSUSE 11.3 linux environment.
On January 20, 2012 Benjamin Brunner of the openSUSE team announced that openSUSE 11.3 has reached its end-of-life. That means that the repositories for openSUSE 11.3 are no longer available and it is no longer a valid build target.
Since openSUSE 12.1 is the version that I am working with, and there is no longer a controlled build environment for the previous version, I will not be providing any new Dolphin Viewer packages for openSUSE 11.3.
So if you have not already, I suggest you consider updating your OS
I received a single user report that Avira anti-virus found a virus in DolphinViewer3-i686-Windows-22.214.171.12418.exe.
After getting that report, I ran F-Prot, AVG, and ClamAV over the setup file, as well AVG and ClamAV across my whole build system, and they all found nothing.
Avira, on the other hand, has been known “somewhat prone to false positives”.
So there is no virus in there.
The ‘virus’ that Avira is detecting in the Dolphin Viewer 3 installer is “ADWARE/Adware.Gen“.
Please note this section in the description of this ‘so-called’ virus:
A generic detection routine designed to detect common family characteristics shared in several variants.
This special detection routine was developed in order to detect unknown variants and will be enhanced continuously.
To me that translates to “We don’t really know what is going on there.”
I’ll send the installer to Avira to have it analyzed and properly scanned now.
I’m getting word that other people have similar false positives with Firestorm, and the original Linden Labs viewers right now. It seems that there is something in the original code that upsets virus scanners.
It seems that my little April Fool’s joke was actually partially prophetic.
After the latest huge changes to the Second Life Viewer 2 source code in http://hg.secondlife.com/viewer-development, the SL2 source now uses autobuild to build binaries.
Without going further into technical details that anyone interested can read up about on the wiki, let me put it this way:
- Autobuild, and therefore any viewer based on the latest SL2 source code, requires Visual Studio 2010 Express, or better, to build on Windows. That means, as soon as that system gets used for viewer-release, I’ll have to have Visual Studio 2010 on my laptop, or I won’t be able to build Windows packages.
- The old Snowglobe 1 code, which is what Dolphin Viewer 1 is based upon, requires Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008, and does not build with Visual Studio 2010.
So, unless it is actually possible to have both 2005 and 2010 installed on the same machine … one of the two flavors of the Dolphin Viewer is going to go the way of the dodo.
And frankly, every day there are more and more improvements coming into the official Second Life Viewer 2 that I simply do not have the time and skills to backport to Snowglobe code, so I think it will be the Dolphin Viewer 1 that ceases to be developed.
I will of course keep the binaries of whatever the last version will be around until such day that Linden Lab decides to actively block 1.x-based viewers from connecting to their servers.