For some time, I've been hearing various people say that Linden Labs plans to suddenly block Viewer 1, Snowglobe, and all Viewer 1-based third party viewers from Imprudence to Singularity to Phoenix, etc. Viewer 2 and any third party viewer based on it, which for now includes only the Firestorm Beta, will be the only ones allowed to access the Grid. With the development of mesh, the whispers became a little louder, and recently people have been talking about a matter of weeks.
The reality is most likely not going to be that one day soon Viewer 1-based viewers will be blocked from Second Life, but rather objects made of Mesh will be fuzzy to them. But just how bad will it be? A quick look at the Phoenix blog read "As many of you have heard, V1 viewers including Phoenix will soon become broken and mostly unusable on the SL grid as LL begins to turn off server side functionality these viewers require."
In my opinion, the Lab is not going to turn off the ability of Viewer 1 viewers to access the Grid, at least not if they're smart. The protracted recession has meant that people whom would have otherwise upgraded their computer or gotten a new one have postponed doing so. While some residents have refused to use Viewer 2 out of finding it hard to use, others, such as myself, have found it simply won't work on our computers. While some would dig a little deeper in their wallet should Linden Labs do such a thing so soon, many will simply sigh, and email their best buddies on the Grid they'll have to wait until they can scrape enough money for a new machine before getting back on.
Most likely, residents stuck with Viewer 1 will simply find a few more inconveniences, depending on how popular Mesh is. In fact, some Mesh users may cut back on it's usage if many residents can't see their new products.
Myself, I've tried using Viewer 2, and the Beta V2-based Firestorm. The pictures show as far as I've gotten. They won't work, even though I recently updated the Operating System. While I can use viewers that it once couldn't handle, Viewer 2 is not among them.
Am I worried? Maybe a little as the Lab has pulled some boneheaded things in the past. But I'm not expecting to email my friends saying they'll have to wait to see me for a while and writing about Second Life from the outside.
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