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Kokua-3.8.3.38326 Test

Kokua-3.8.3.38326 Test is ready for download and testing. Normally, we don’t announce test viewer availability but, this viewer fixes Experience Profiles for SL users and handles the My Suitcase folder for OpenSim users. The My Suitcase patch was submitted to Kokua and other OpenSim viewer projects by Cinder Roxley. Since this Kokua Test viewer effects potentially more than just a few users I felt the blog announcement appropriate.

Download links:

Mac
MD5 011ee3d92f4da87496de20f580019d5f *Kokua_Test_3_8_3_38326_i386.dmg

Linux 32 bit
MD5 63a5ba91078c6c8480bba8d623a62a19 Kokua_Test_3_8_3_38326_i686.tar.bz2

Linux 64 bit
MD5 83eef049db3474cd080b3eed1447a3a5 *Kokua_NT_64_Test_3_8_3_38326_x86_64.tar.bz2

Windows
MD5 6611b2f890942e6ddbe4db66bd675098 *Kokua_Test_3_8_3_38326_i686_Setup.exe

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Kokua-3.8.2.36975

Release 3.8.2.36075 brings Kokua to parity with Second Life version 3.8.2, a Viewer Managed Marketplace cohort.

Thanks to Gavin Hird aka Dayturn, for volunteering to produce the Mac version with New Tools.
Gavin develops an OpenSim grid which uses Mac as its server host. Additional information is available at the xmir blog.

If a test version is currently installed, the automatic update feature will not function. A separate download and install is needed.

We were unable to include RLV in this version. After release and depending on RLV parity with the SL viewer we plan to produce a Kokua test viewer with RLV.

For a complete list of changes please see the change log. changelog

Please refer to Release Notes for more detail about fixes and additions in this release.

Kokua’s ticket system has a vote for individual tickets. I would like to use this to determine which is most needed for bugs and which is most desired for features. Also, there is an accumulation of old tickets that need review. If you submitted a ticket under the old Redmine system, those were copied to the ticket system and need review for relevance.

Click takes you to the Downloads wiki.

For Linux users: The linux 64 and 32 bit versions have many rebuilt libraries. Many of these had not been updated since 2009. I expect the viewer will not operate on any distribution older than Debain current stable code named Jessie and those that use it as an upstream distribution. Those with older distributions can continue to use the last version. The viewers are packaged with libstdc++.so to give some compatibility to older distributions. If you try to stay on the cutting edge of linux distributions and experience a startup crash try removing libstdc++ from the viewer which will allow the viewer to use the system version.

KokuaNT Mac version is available for testing

Thanks to Kokua user Gavin Hird we have a KokuaNT (new tools) Mac version available for testing.
Gavin develops an OpenSim grid which uses Mac as its server host. His xmir grid is Hypergrid capable. Additional information is available at the xmir blog.

KokuaNT Mac download link is here.

For those interested in the steps to construct the build please see Ticket #356.

KokuaNT is available for testing.

Request for volunteers to test KokuaNT (new tools) for Linux 32 bit, Linux 64 bit, and Windows platforms. Linux versions will likely not run on any distribution older than Debian Stable, aka Jessie. Several distributions follow Debian Stable and KokuaNT should work on those. Initial testing on Linux Mint 17.1 64 bit was successful.

If this is your first time to test a Kokua experimental viewer please review our testing Best Practices.

We need someone with Mac OS-X Yosemite to build a Mac version. Past Mac build is on an earlier OS-X and due to other uses it cannot be upgraded to Yosemite at this time. Potential volunteers can contact me via email at nickyperian@yahoo.com.

For linux users who want to compile/build KokuaNT; instructions are in the repository README.

Kokua-3.7.27.35441 Released

Release 3.7.27.35441 brings Kokua to Second Life version 3.7.27, a Maintenance Release cohort, 3.7.26 Hoover Height cohort, and to RLV version 2.9.9.

Thanks to Gavin Hird aka Dayturn, for help sorting out OpenSim economy issues.
Gavin develops an OpenSim grid which uses Mac as its server host. I don’t think he is ready for direct log on yet (Gavin comment if different) but, his grid is Hypergrid capable. Additional information is available at the xmir blog.

If a test version is currently installed, the automatic update feature will not function. A separate download and install is needed.

Kokua does not use the RLV start-up restriction feature. This feature causes the viewer to have a black screen for as much as a minute when first starting the viewer. If this feature is important to you, use the RLV viewer.

For a complete list of changes please see the change log. CHANGELOG.txt

Please refer to Release Notes for more detail about fixes and additions in this release.

Kokua’s ticket system has a vote for individual tickets. I would like to use this to determine which is most needed for bugs and which is most desired for features. Also, there is an accumulation of old tickets that need review. If you submitted a ticket under the old Redmine system, those were copied to the ticket system and need review for relevance.

Click takes you to the Downloads wiki.

Avination grid and Kokua

Below is from Kokua Ticket #349.

Reports from several sources that Kokua crashes after a short while of operation on Avination Grid are confirmed. These crashes are actually excessive memory leaks that are related to HTTP Texture pipe lining as implemented in Kokua and its interaction with Avination servers. With Develop->HTTP Textures, debug setting httpPipelining, unchecked Kokua operates correctly and doesn’t crash. Avination gird is the only grid known to have this problem. As such the work around for Avination users is to un-check Develop->HTTP Textures or set the httpPipelining debug setting to FALSE.

Testing was on Windows. Request users of other platforms test and comment about results in the ticket which is linked above.

Kokua-3.7.26-35224 Released

Release 3.7.26.35224 brings Kokua to Second Life version 3.7.25, a Maintenance Release cohort and to RLV version 2.9.6.8.

Thanks to our users Karin Korpov, Dayturn, and Andre Verwijs for trying test viewers and reporting results.

If a test version is currently installed, the automatic update feature will not function. A separate download and install is needed.

Kokua does not use the RLV start-up restriction feature. This feature causes the viewer have a black screen for as much as a minute when first starting the viewer. If this feature is important to you, use the RLV viewer.

For a complete list of changes please see the change log. CHANGELOG.txt

Please refer to Release Notes for more detail about fixes and additions in this release.

Downloads.

A note for OpenSimulator users. Kokua-3.7.26 operates correctly on all OpenSim grids including OpenSim standalone installations. As such, the separate Kokua-OpenSim viewer is being discontinued.

Kokua-3.7.25.35124 Released

Release 3.7.25.35124 brings Kokua to RLV version 2.9.6.6. In our last version, Kokua-3.7.24, problems with
avatar appearance and it tie (bridge) into inventory and from inventory into appearance existed with RLV disabled.

Hopefully these issues are resolved, thanks to our users Chorazin Allen, Peeter Tamerlane, Annalena Faromet, Karin Korpov and Topaz Harley who installed several test viewers and reported results.

Kokua does not use the RLV start-up restriction feature. This feature causes the viewer have a black screen for as much as a minute when first starting the viewer. If this feature is important to you, use the RLV viewer.

For a complete list of changes please see the change log. CHANGELOG.txt

Please refer to Release Notes for more detail of fixes and additions in this release.

Downloads.

A note for OpenSimulator users. Kokua-3.7.25 operates correctly on 3RD Rock Grid, Great Canadian Grid and jOpenSimWorld. It may crash on other grids so, if needed on other grids please use the Kokua-OpenSim viewer.

Kokua-3.7.24 Released

***A clean install is recommended for this update.***

This release changes upstream Restrained Love Viewer capability from RLVa to RLV. The RLV viewer published by Marine Kelley tracks changes to SL’s viewer very closely. Tracking closely to the SL viewer is something that Kokua has always done. Added is the ability to select RLV as a main menu entry and in most cases bypass RLV activity in Kokua code. Default behavior is that RLV will not be present. Recommendation for a clean install is because of the different settings presented by having RLV versus RLVa in the last Kokua release. Please confirm any issues with Kokua’s RLV implementation by using upstream RLV which may be downloaded from here. For those that have used Kokua weekly / test viewers in the past few weeks; if you do not clean install you may experience a notification at viewer start about restarting to change RLV mode because the default is set to RLV off and settings in your local setting file is RLV on. You will need select off/on once more in order to sync the on/off selection. This can be avoided with a clean install.

The SL additions below update the respective release candidate cohort viewers. These were originally merged into Kokua in versions 3.7.21 and 3.7.22 before the candidates made release. This release completes those early merges.

– SL Release 3.7.21 Snowstorm Fall Contributions Cohort Release Notes

- SL Release 3.7.22 Fix Crash on launch in GPU benchmark Release Notes

- SL Release 3.7.23 Maintenance Cohort Release Notes

- SL Release 3.7.24 Pipelining Enhancements Cohort Release Notes

Please refer to Release Notes for more detail of fixes and additions in this release.

Downloads.

A note for OpenSimulator users. Kokua-3.7.24 operates correctly on 3RD Rock Grid, Great Canadian Grid and jOpenSimWorld. It may crash on other grids so, if needed on other grids please use the Kokua-OpenSim viewer.

Upcoming…

Kokua is now merged with Marine Kelley’s RLV viewer. Planned release is in January 2015. In the meantime those wanting an early look can download and install a test version from http://tinyurl.com/nxupwxo . Different RLV settings exist internal to this viewer than the current Kokua release so, we recommend a clean install. By default, RLV is disabled. Enable through Advanced -> RLV Enable / Disable main menu selection then, restart the viewer. Hopefully, there will be users / testers that will leave it disabled as both disabled and enabled modes need testing.

Reasoning for this change:

Marine Kelley keeps her RLV viewer very close to the SecondLife viewer code base. Thus, simplifying Kokua’s upstream merge effort.
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