Friday, September 9, 2016

Mint Linux 18 KDE LTS is Ready for OpenSim

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Today was the day I have been waiting for, as an OpenSim content creator, (user) I was loathe to switch my favorite OSViewer and disrupt my content creation processes to something I don't really care for. I'm not picking on anyone in the OS viewer community, I just prefer Singularity, and I am a died in the wool KDE user. Ok,Ok sometimes I do actually downgrade to Windows 10, but that has nothing to do with my OpenSim projects.

     I was thrilled to see the Mint Linux team release the final LTS version on Mint 18 KDE today.

    So-Far-So-Good, my random crashes and the first hypergrid jump problems seem to have gone poof. LOL / At last now I can get back to a normal work flow again.
Thank You https://linuxmint.com/

    I'll keep these rambling's alive as long as I feel it is necessary.

JayR Cela

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Virtual Worlds : Nintendo : Breath of the Wild : How Does This Relate to OpenSim ?

By Avatar JayR Cela

    OK, ok, so I am a crazy person, everyone that knows me is well aware of that, what you may not know is that i am a Huge Nintendo Fan, I despise First Person Shooters and violent themed games. The upcoming Zelda Breath of the Wild is a contained open world, with seemingly endless conclusions to the end game. Kinda reminds me of OpenSim and the seemingly endless possibilities that await it's participant's all along being well aware of the fact that there is and end game, and VR Head Set's are not it.

    We as OpenSim users, builders, creators have it all within our grasps. My personal opinion is just blow off this insane obsession and temptation to embrace VR HeadSet's and a dead end path.

     Affordable, Augmented Reality devices will be here soon enough.

JayR Cela :_)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Open Sim : I am Currently Working On a New Project With Kazuko Yoshida

By Avatar JayR Cela

    This new project , will not be mind blowing.

     It will be a continuation of a mutual respect and cooperation between the 2 of us.

    I am really looking forward to the initial unveiling.

JayR Cela :_)

Open Sim and Pompous AssHoles

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Ya know what there is a reason I stay behind the scenes and don't spout off at the mouth every 1 hour or so trying to boost a reputation in the OpenSim community.

    When I feel I have something to say that is important to me  or the community at large, I will say it, I am not about to waste your time with frivolous party events or grid hunts and other worthless crap, I sometimes think the people that do just need to hear their mindless blatherings.

JayR Cela :_(

Open Sim : Working on a Community Build Project : Sign a Contract

By Avatar Jay R Cela

    Look here I am an opinionated bastard sometimes / if ya don't like it, then no sense in listening to my rant's any longer. Working on a Grids Community project build, only to find out once you have reached completion, all of your editing right's have been stripped from you is a monumental slap in the face.

    My advice is to have everyone involved accept a signed contract.

 I am extremely upset with a certain Grid, I will not name here, due to professional reason's / but I am pissed off / BIGG TIME !!

    I feel I have been slapped in the face for all the work I did, only to have it yanked from my grasp for future development.

    In the long run it is OK / I have copies of my work distributed on multiple OpenSim grid area's I reserve for all of my builds as works in progress.

   So the joke will be on the people that had the disrespect for my time spent and at no charge to them, as I am about to release it into the wild as a Free-bee

JayR Cela

   

Virtual Reality Head Set's : The Jokes on U: Project Sansar

By Avatar JayR Cela

     Hey there let's face it, the Oculus Rift, and all the other like minded knock offs are a monumental joke, and a total waste of your $$$ and time. If any one is going to pull this fiasco off it will be Sony and or Microsoft perhaps Samsung, with self contained head displays, and Augmented Reality. I think you can safely say Oculus and the wanna-bee's are a mere blip on the radar screen. This kinda leaves Project Sansar, Linden Lab the  creator's of the SecondLife Virtual World environment as Ebbie Linden's ( the current CEO ) last hope for some sort of reclamation of credibility within the smoldering ashes of his failed reign at the helm of Electronic Art's near downfall before taking the helm at Linden Lab, and a last ditch effort to salvage his career.

    I don't know about you, and I am not a rocket scientist by any means, but do you really think you can spends multiple hours at a time being completely engrossed into a virtual world environment wearing a face mask, totally obscuring you from the outside world around you. If you do. then excuse me, I think you are an idiot, and deserve what you get.

#1 you need to own a worthless piece of junk so-called Smart (Dumb-ass) Phone with a decent display panel.

#2 Insert this overhyped piece of trash into a somewhat uncomfortable head mounted unit that look's like you are about to go for a Scuba Diving adventure.

#3 Hopefully you are not stupid enough to try the motion sensor accessories that may cause you to trip and fall while mindlessly waving your arms around or moving about, because you cannot see what the hell your real life surroundings are.

    In closing, MicroSoft will pull this off with Augmented Reality, and the HoloLens ( and I'm not a Window's person by any means )
Sony, and Samsung will be close behind.
Project Sansar will go down into the history books as a flop.

JayR Cela


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Singularity 1.8.7.xxxx Woe's with Ubuntu 16.04.1 Based Distro's : My Final Solution

By Avatar JayR Cela

    I know this story is getting old, and please disregard any previous misinformation you may have read previously here, but I am (was) determined to make the newest version of the Singularity virtual world viewer work with the mess Canonical Ltd's, latest Ubuntu distribution left a lot of formely happy campers with. I also am well aware of the great and sower full loss of a core member of the Singularity team, Latif Khalifa who was a driving force behind this wonderful and totally unbloated masterpiece of software. I have also talked with various fellow users under other major Linux distribution's, most notably several Arch based distro's whom have experienced no problems whats so ever. There had to be a missing link somewhere, and I seem to have finally found it.

    I am taking no credit for this solution, the praise belongs to the author of this blog post.
                                                           ( fredfire1 on WordPress )

install singularity / firestorm / Catznip / kokua / radegast / secondlife / alchemy/ Cool VL Viewer/ Replex/ Exodus/ OnLook [ubuntu,debian]

https://fredfire1.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/install-firestorm-ubuntu/

    This is a must read for any Singularity fans, and for that matter any other people seeking a solution to unexpected problems with the latest Ubuntu based distributions, and other V1 or V3 based OpenSim viewers. As you can see this post seems to cover all the bases and apparently has been updated numerous times.

    In order to make a long story short I will sum it up this way, I switched my distro to LinuxMint 18 KDE Beta and did the following.


*First thing to do is open a terminal and make yourself the Root - super user*

su

*Run these two commands

dpkg --add-architecture i386
apt-get update

*Now run this nested command line to add the necessary lib files*

apt-get install libasound2:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libasyncns0:i386 libattr1:i386 libc6:i386 libc6-i686:i386 libcap2:i386 libdbus-1-3:i386 libflac8:i386 libgcc1:i386 libice6:i386 libjson0:i386 libogg0:i386 libpulse0:i386 libsm6:i386 libsndfile1:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libvorbis0a:i386 libvorbisenc2:i386 libwrap0:i386 libx11-6:i386 libx11-xcb1:i386 libxau6:i386 libxcb1:i386 libxdmcp6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxi6:i386 libxtst6:i386 zlib1g:i386 -y

*Ok you now need to get the proper x86-64 stuff in place with these commands*

dpkg --add-architecture amd64
apt-get update

    Well after doing this procedure and wiping out any and all traces of Singularity from my home directory ( be sure to allow display hidden files, including the .secondlife file if you happen to find one left over from any previous installations )

    Next step was to isolate the Singularity cache file from it's default installation location, I usually do this by creating an OpenSim directory and a nested CacheFiles > Singularity folder and place it there. For one reason or another this is just an old habit of mine, and not really necessary

    Open your Singularity folder, open Konsole in the same directory and as a normal user type
./singularity

    For one reason or another this installed a faulty launcher in my Internet Menu, which is no big deal because it also runs the Singularity script in Konsole thus opening the viewer itself in a separate window.

    I have been running this way for the past few days without many random crashes, there is however one nagging problem I have yet to solve, my first HyperGrid jump always results in a Crash, once I get through that just re log and proceed normally.

JayR Cela :_)

PS. many thanks again to fredfire1 of Wordpress  bloggers for this fantastic resource post I used to solve my problem, I hope it will help you as well.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

My Utter Disgust With Kubuntu 16.04.01 / This Never Should Have Passed Q&A

By Avatar JayR Cela

     With all the trouble I have been experiencing with the recent Kubuntu 16.04.1 distro, especially when it comes to dealing with and installing Virtual World software and hardware, I am not sorry to say or going to pull any punches here.

     Do Not Waste Your Time !!!!

      It is totaly screwed up, how this release ever made it past the final Q&A is beyond me.

      There are so many standard Lib files, that are just simply not installed by default, the driver manager is broken, this is a total piece of trash.

JayR Cela :(

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Singularty 1.8.7.6866 and Kubuntu 16.04.1 My Insanely Troublesome Crashing Problems Solved

    Hi there again, I'm back to offer some advice for fellow Linux / Singularity users.
 ( this post is intended as a comedic observation of the combination of Kubuntu 16.04.1 and the   Singularity_1_8_7_6866_x86_64 viewer and the troublesome instalation process )

    First off this viewer is crash happy on the newest version of Kubuntu 16.04.1, admittedly the 64 bit version has never worked for me in the past, due to the hybrid KXStudio distro I have been using for years on end, ( an oddball mixture of KDE-XFCE and GNOME some of the packages dating back to the Ubuntu Lucid release days ) and that was OK by me, I just used the 32bit version of Singularity, and everything was fine.

    Well not a whole lot of developing on the 32bit platform these days, perhaps some hobbyist working with specialty projects, but for the most part 32bit is a dead issue. And the Team Singularity folks seem to feel the same way.  Now I could just use Windows and be done with it, but that's not the point, I got nothing against Windows, I have been working with it since version 3.0, or I could just use FireStorm it seems to work, but again that's not the point, I wanted to have my KDE, and my Singularty LOL, and I was bound and determined to make this combination work, so it was time to do some reading.( uggh ) Looking over the Singularity web site they specifically tell you that it was compiled on Kubuntu 14.04.4  and if you were experiencing problems they recommend compiling your own, but again this was not the point, I wanted it to work with the new default Plasma 5 Breeze Desktop (GUI) in 16.04.1, and quite frankly I'm not very good at compiling anything. Further investigation led me to look at the KXStudio web site, and sadly the project leader is currently involved with some new Guitar effect's devices, and was doubtful he would be continuing KXStudio beyond Plasma 4, scratches head - Damm I'm screwed haa-haa :_) OK no problem, I figured I would just install Kubuntu 16.04.1 and add the stuff I need for audio work afterward. ( read on for some further comedy )

    So I downloaded a fresh ISO file pulled out a copy of RUFUS the ISO to USB stick program and got ready for some fun, it did not take to long for me to realize something was not quite right, make sure you check and verify the SHA256 sum.  I had two bad downloads in a row from the main repository and a mirror via HTTP, my third attempt I used the torrent file and 10 minutes later I had a clean copy.

    Ok so now the fun starts, after  a very quick installation and complete update, i find that Settings >Hardware >Driver Manager -is Broken!! LOL all you get is an Apt splash screen with greyed out options as a nonfunctional message of collecting hardware information is displayed. 
















    
    No problem I just use Synaptic or the official KDE package manager Muon, surprise surprise neither are installed by default. No problem open your main menu System >Discover app and proceed to install Synaptic
















    Be sure to select all available Add Ons












     
    This adds to your Main Menu >Settings sub menu an app named Additional Drivers.
















   That was easy enough (not) :_) So now we get to the really fun stuff, and that's adding all the missing lib files that for one reason or another are usually installed by default in most every other Ubuntu based distro out there, are not! This is just craziness, on the Project Leaders and Devs. part of things. It's not that big a deal though,with the use of Synaptic, and Konsole I kept running the program by right clicking on the singularity file selecting Actions > Run In Konsole, each subsequent run revealed a missing lib file, it was fascinating to say the least. Anyways here is the list of lib(s) and  a few other various files that I ended up using to get a mostly stable installation of the newest Singularity Viewer working properly. ( it seems to have the most  difficulty with inter Grid hopping especially if you try too fast between multiple hops, and on occasional single Grid hops ) 

libpangox-1.0-0 ( as advised on the Singularity Downloads page )
libasound2-plugins:i386 ( as advised on the Singularity Downloads page )
libsdl-image1.2
libsdl1.2debian
libsdl2-2.0-0
libsdl2-image-2.0-0
libsdl2-mixer-2.0-0
libsdl2-gfx-1.0-0
libsdl2-dev    ( this will add about 70 other packages -- not sure if they all are needed )
microcode.ctl  ( for Intel CPU's )
iucode-tool  ( for Intel CPU's )
amd64-microcode ( for AMD CPU's )
kubuntu-desktop
binutils-multiarch
binutils-multiarch-dev
libarchive13
( added a number of missing gstreamer files Evan some of the most obvious were not in the default Kubuntu installation ) "sheesh" LOL :_) 

   ( If you would like to take a stab at eliminating the notorious Screen Tearing issues with the x11 desktop you can add these files as well )

compton
compton-config
 --- and -- or ---
kwin-wayland
kwin-wayland-backend-drm
xwayland

    Thats a lot of extra files and libraries, once these are installed the next step is tweaking a few things within the Singularity >Preferences sections during or after installation.

    Texture Memory (MB) 1024
    Enable OpenGL Vertex Buffer Objects
    Enable Streamed VBOs
    Enable OpenGL Frame Buffer Objects













    And this next setting is beyond me why, but you need to have both Use Verticle IMs
 and Use horizontal buttons for contacts floater, checked to the ON setting.(or suffer through lots of random crashes)

























    Then make what ever other adjustments that you usually use and restart Singularity ( preferably using Konsole )  That should do it.

    This was an Insane amount of crap to go through, but I am sold on both the KDE QT5 Breeze Desktop and the Singularity Viewer, so making them work together was Job-1 for a number of hair pulling sessions,  I am currently waiting for the Mint Linux 18-Sarah-KDE ISOs to be released sometime in late August and giving Singularity a standard installation routine tryout on another computer, my current system is as follows :
  
Singularity Viewer (64 bit) 1.8.7 (6888) Jul  9 2016 23:16:05 (Singularity Test)
Release Notes

Grid: 3RD Rock Grid

Built with GCC version 40805

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU         550  @ 3.20GHz (3200.09 MHz)
Memory: 7973 MB
OS Version: Linux 4.4.0-34-generic #53-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jul 27 16:06:39 UTC 2016 x86_64
Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Graphics Card: GeForce GT 730/PCIe/SSE2
OpenGL Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 361.42
RLV Version: RLV v2.8.0 / RLVa v1.4.10a

libcurl Version: libcurl/7.48.0 OpenSSL/1.0.2g zlib/1.2.8 libidn/1.32
J2C Decoder Version: OpenJPEG: 1.5.2
Audio Driver Version: Singularity Viewer (64 bit) 1.8.7 (6888) Jul  9 2016 23:16:05 (Singularity Test)
Release Notes

Grid: OSGrid

Built with GCC version 40805

You are at 2547427.5, 2522601.0, 22.0 in Eureka Homes1 (9950, 9853) located at dsl-205-134-200-35.aberdeen-1.reachoneinternet.net (205.134.194.35:9103)
OpenSim 0.9.0.0 Dev        OSgrid 0.9.0.0 (Dev) 71404be: 2016-06-26 (Win/.NET)


CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     E7200  @ 2.53GHz (2534 MHz)
Memory: 5966 MB
OS Version: Linux 4.4.0-34-generic #53-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jul 27 16:06:39 UTC 2016 x86_64
Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Graphics Card: GeForce GT 730/PCIe/SSE2
OpenGL Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 361.42
RLV Version: RLV v2.8.0 / RLVa v1.4.10a

libcurl Version: libcurl/7.48.0 OpenSSL/1.0.2g zlib/1.2.8 libidn/1.32
J2C Decoder Version: OpenJPEG: 1.5.2
Audio Driver Version: FMOD Studio 1.08.04 -or-(None) seems to work as well 
LLCEFLib/CEF Version: 1.6.0-(CEF-OSX-3.2526.1368)
Packets Lost: 29/72929 (0.0%)

LLCEFLib/CEF Version: 1.6.0-(CEF-OSX-3.2526.1368)

    You will notice I am currently running the Singularity Viewer (64 bit) 1.8.7 (6888) Jul  9 2016 23:16:05 (Singularity Test) version, it seems a bit better but it could just be my imagination Haa-Haa :_)

Well its been fun, hope you either got a good laugh, or perhaps were able to solve this or a similar problem.

JayR Cela :_)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Linden Lab : Not About to let them SCREW Me Again ! : Project Sansar : A Total Non Issue

By Avatar JayR Cela

    OK I gonna take some flack on this opinion, and let me stress here this is an opion blog, my opinions, and most people allready know I am nut's. Project Sansar or SecondLife 2 or 3 or 4 what ever the hell you want to call it will fall flat on it's face, Ebbe Linden will be sent back to where he belongs ripping people off at Electronic Art's.

    If they can pull this scheme off to take your money, or create a viable market place to sell user created content, don't beleave it, it's a pie in the sky mindless blathering piece of bullcrap. A lot of people don't remember Linden Lab ripping people off with their Homesteaders Scam.

    Personally I don't give a rats ass what you decide to do, I'm in OpenSim / THAT'S the future !

JayR Cela