The Second Life Beta Preview is being reconfigured for more flexibility and to enable the next phase of simulator validation for the new Havok4 simulator design. The beta preview environment will now be made up of two kinds of regions, core regions and resident testing regions.
Core regions have been selected to represent standard types of regions for basic feature validation (including sandboxes). These regions will be present at almost all times on the Beta Preview. The current Core Region list was developed in discussion with the Havok4 beta testers over the last couple of weeks, and is presented below. We may modify this list somewhat based on your feedback, so do not assume that this is unchangeable.
Resident Testing Regions will be copied from the Second Life main system in order to proof the behavior of specific resident-owned regions. We have completed a scheduling utility that makes copying an entire resident region, completely built as you see it on the main system, with all permissions and security settings, very easy to do.
The Beta Preview will be offline from 4:30 pm PST today until 7:00 pm PST today in order to reconfigure the system and bring up the new region list.
PLEASE NOTE: The map tiles on the beta preview may take a while to refresh, and since we are removing many regions and adding many others, the map may not initially represent the list of regions available. If you do not see a region on the map yet, you can set Preferences with “Show Start Location on Login Screen” checked, and then type the region name into the Start Location text box when you log in. By tomorrow the whole map should have reconfigured itself to match the new beta preview configuration.
An upcoming blog post will describe the new Havok4 Early Adopter Program, which is the beginning of Havok4-based simulators in use “in the wild” on the main Second Life system.
2007-12-18 7:40 pm PST Update: 27 of the regions on the Beta Preview did not restart correctly and we are working to resolve this problem. Rather than hold the entire grid offline, we have opened the beta grid for all access with the currently enabled regions, and continue work on the regions that did not restart.
2007-12-18 10:08 pm PST Update: All Beta Preview regions are now up and running. (oops corrected date/time stamp… late night conversion from Eastern to PST mistake… this was resolved last night, not this morning)
CORE REGION LIST:
Orientation, Welcome and Help Islands
* Morris, Ahern, Bonifacio, Dore, Help Island
* Orientation Island 11 (main)
* Orientation Island 5 (TSL)
* TSL Volunteer Island
Mainland adjacent sims
* Blue, Mauve, Lime, Mocha
* Combat(sandbox) – Red Team’s HQ
* Combat(sandbox) Rausch
* Combat(sandbox) – Blue Team’s HQ
* Sandbox – Weapons Testing
* TSL Weapons Testing Sandbox
* PSU CS199 (replaced Georgean by popular request)
* Periwinkle, Purple
* Sandbox Island 3 (TSL)
* Sandbox Island 4 (TSL)
* Sandbox Island
* Crash Me
* Haengbok, Jinsil, Sanchon
* Hahne, Jasckle, Hepum
* Abbotts (aviation)
* Bug Island (Dan’s – QA)
* Island for Misfit Toys
* Island for Unit Tests
* Lindenworld D
Havok4 Program Manager