Linden Blog this week, it was announced Project Shunshine, also known as Server-Side Baking, would be rolled out onto the Grid.
This week, the server component of Project Sunshine will go live across the entire grid! This means that all the improvements we discussed in our previous post will be available to everyone in Second Life.
It’s important to remember that you need to be using an up-to-date Viewer to enjoy these improvements. If you’re still using an outdated Viewer, the server-side changes rolling out now will cause you to see some avatars as broken or incomplete. As of this week, all avatars will be using the new system and will appear broken to you if you don't update.
Besides the official viewers, there are several third-party viewers that have been updated to handle server-side baking, such as Firestorm, Singularity, and Cool VL. For those who use a viewer not updated to handle the new way textures are loaded, in the words of Firestorm's Tonya Souther it's the "Last Call." As she sees it, if one's computer can't handle the newer viewers, it's time to get a new machine or bid Second Life goodbye for a while.
According to someone in a group chat I was in last night, Server-Side could come early as today:
A Reminder for Everyone... SSA -Day Tomorrow.. ServerSide Appearence Arrives Tomorrow!
Tomorrow LL rolls out Server Side Appearance. Anyone using an outdated viewer will have problems seeing other avatars at Arinultra and anywhere else in Second Life. All those WITH current SSA enabled viewers should notice a huge improvement. This will pretty much put an end to all those endless gray, blurry, or cloudy "wardrobe malfunctions." Up-to-date Viewers are Required such as Firestorm, Singularity or others, including the basic LL platform.
So the day some of us have been anticipating, or dreading, has finally arrived.
Sources: Linden Blog, The Tigress' Den