Hi Kirsten Viewer Pals :D
Please find the final RC 4a for build 7 we are now into the final stages of this development cycle and this last RC is very close to the end product. It includes fixes for online offline notifications to local chat and several extras, like ability to drop teleport progress screens. As well as updates to rendering and mesh. All the other language files are now updated to the same specs. Linux users have a fix or two for webkit and now get the much enhanced graphical installer.
If you follow my blog you will know that I have a very tight regime when it comes to hardware updates, I upgrade graphics about every 12 months, and major components every 2-3 years.
The aim is to always keep current without going too high end so my development machine represents a decent mid range system at any given point in time, that way the results I get are what most users should experience. And the big change is my move to AMD.
There are several reasons for this, firstly sometime back certain compiler tweaks were causing issue on AMD based systems, now I can compile and be sure that things will work, also dawny has an Intel based test machine so we can now cover both chips.
The BIG reason for the change was not for outright performance, but more to do with future upgrade paths, Intels habit of changing sockets, the price premium and in recent times issues with some motherboard chipsets have left me cold.
So we have AMD :) , I now have a path to future processors ( I got an AM3+ board ) without the need to change ram or motherboards all at the same time. For those people who dropped me a few lindens or donated I thank you kindly, please see the image above which demonstrates vividly the stress and memory usage that each build does. No wasted resources :)
Anyway onwards and upwards!
Best Wishes and Hugs, KL