The demand for a Bento-capable Firestorm Viewer has been overwhelming, to say the least! With over 8,000 people in our preview group running it, is widely regarded as faster by testers and is expected to be a rock-solid update. For those who don’t know about it, Bento is Linden Lab’s latest and greatest improvement to Second Life that enables a whole new realm of possibilities and realism for avatars. Because it adds dozens of new joints to the Second Life avatar skeleton, we can now have ultrarealistic moving tails, ears, wings, fingers, facial expressions and so much more!
This comes less than 10 days after the official viewer added Bento; at which time it was unclear when exactly Firestorm, by far the most popular viewer among SLers, would catch up. But while Bento hasn't driven much interest in the official viewer, clearly the underlying demand was great.
Hopefully this time Firestorm users reward the hardworking, volunteer Firestorm team for integrating this much-wanted technology so fast:
A January fundraiser for the team earned just L$2,087,455, some $8417 in US dollars -- a paltry amount to maintain software used by roughly 400,000 people. How about some nice holiday treats for your hard-working Firestorm team, people?
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