Thursday, May 25, 2006

Linux Client DOA

Well update Wednesday came, with no word from anybody regarding the status of the Linux client for quite some time, we all got a bit nervy. Especially when someone claimed to know for certain that there would be no Linux client for the short term. Panic!! (SL Forum : Current Development?, Linux Alpha gone?).

Imagine our relief and excitement when a download link for a new Linux client appeared on the downloads page, unfortunately it wasn't to be. The new client has some major stability problems, it seems areas of any complexity cause the client to crash hard (SL Forum : Crashes with - any tips?, - Post Your Success).

While we wait for a new native release the Windows client does work perfectly with Wine (use winecfg to set the version of Win98 for the installer to work, then put back to WinXP to run - SL Forum : windows client doesn't install in Linux).

Personally, I find the whole episode laughable. There was no Linux client for use on the preview grid, so no way for the community to do any testing of what is quite a major update. Not a word from anyone at LL about the status of the Linux client since the last episode, and in the end we get a client that is so badly broken LL either knew full well they were fobbing the Linux user base off, or they simply didn't even bother to test the build at all (neither of which are particularly inspiring possibilities).


At 2:15 pm, Anonymous Dana Strauss said...

I have to keep reminding myself it's just an alpha. Still, this is a pretty crummy way to do a release. I almost would have preferred not to have a release right away, to have LL wait some time to work the bugs out and give us a version that moved forward. Now, instead of working on stabilizing the new features in this release, they have to unbreak it first and make that the next official release.

But I guess I'm playing "Tuesday morning quarterback" here. Lindens, if you're reading this, I know you're under a lot of pressure. Keep the Linux client moving forward. Were behind you!


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