Firestorm Viewer Developments!

Hi All,

As we all know, our beloved Firestorm viewer has had many issues over the recent years.
I’ve repeatedly advised users against it’s use and have struggled through many user complaints about things not working right, etc, only to find it was a Firestorm “Only” issue and switching to a different viewer fixed the issue.

Recently Firestorm let us know they would be splitting their viewer into an OpenSim only viewer, and an SL only viewer., but now it seems they have backtracked on this:

I’m a memeber of the OpenSim developers Mailing list and today, uBit, who is one of OpenSim’s core developers has advised against using this viewer.
These are his words, as written:

“We have been informed that Firestorm team changed again their policy about OpenSimulator support.
Reading their statements we can only understand that they changed from having a forgotten, basically dead fork, to just provide a AS IS viewer.
They also inform us that AS IS will mean addiction of code just copied from Linden Labs viewer and removal of other code may include what they call old protocols.
Firestorm team has the right to do whatever they decide, no question about that.
Such “AS IS” Firestorm viewer, in the terms currently defined by them, CAN NOT be accepted as viewer for OpenSimulator/Opensim.
We all hope this is just some misunderstanding/disorientation facing the real technical difficulties.
But since we can’t predict when or what a new release “for opensim, almost for opensim, or whatever” will be, and knowing that just new BoM code may cause issues on all version but current dev master…

I must recommended all to NOT UPGRADE TO SUCH VERSIONS, and inform all your users to no do so, until this situation is clarified.

Best Regards,

Ubit, (Leal Duarte)”