Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

SL Viewer 1.20.15 plus Locale packages changed in Solaris Nevada/OpenSolaris

Since a few people have moved to newer builds of Solaris Nevada they noticed that the locale packages changed.  On Solaris, the Second Life viewer requires locale support for ISO 8859-1 and ISO 8859-15. These are the default locales expected by the viewer and in older SL versions, not having them has led to crashes. On Solaris 10, these locales are bundled in SUNWi15cs, SUNWi1cs, & SUNWnamos. Now for the tricky part. Somewhere around Nevada/OpenSolaris build 91, the packages for this locale support changed from those listed above to SUNWlang-common-extra & SUNWlang-en-extra. If you are using a newer build of Nevada, just make sure you have SUNWlang-common-extra & SUNWlang-en-extra installed. I've modified the package dependencies for Nevada/OpenSolaris. The downloads for viewer version 1.20.15 are available for Nevada/OpenSolaris and Solaris 10


While I have your attention, you may have noticed that the mp3 plugin is missing from builds of Nevada/OpenSolaris on builds after b83.  That surprised a lot of us and it was a conscious decision to protect Solaris licensees from litigation. (Since I love my job at Sun, I'll keep my personal feelings about this decision out of this blog.)  If you need a mp3 plugin, a free one is available from various sources including this place.  You can also build the default plugins yourself.  The source is available at the GStreamer Home Page. I advise you to pay special attention to the licenses documented in the packages. In a nutshell, just because something is free to download does not mean it's free to use!

Wednesday Jun 18, 2008

Solaris version of the SL viewer 1.20.10.0

I thought is was about time to let folks know about the latest Solaris build of the Second Life viewer, version 1.20.10.0.  Clark Dastardly has made them available at Package for Solaris 10  and Package for OpenSolaris. Streaming audio support returns in this release but only in Solaris Nevada/OpenSolaris because Solaris 10's GStreamer still needs to be updated.  Please let me know if you hit any bugs/problems/issues and please give me some feed back. I would love to know how the Solaris version behaves compared to Linden Lab's official builds - yes, we still need streaming video (waiting on Sun's official AAC decoder) and Voice (waiting on Linden Lab to release  a Vivox client for Solaris) so there's no need to tell me about these.

I'll try and get the patches posted to their related Second Life Jira tickets within the next few days.

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