Quite recently, people have started to notice that the development and beta builds have removed the command line option -loginuri. This is a pretty important and useful option. It allows a viewer that lacks a comprehensive grid manager to login to any grid or simulator they choose. It’s also useful for things like using a proxy with the viewer. Projects that try to make SL more useful for the visually impaired, for example, might make use of a proxy between the viewer and grid.
So the big question is, is this by design or by accident? Nebadon Izumi of OSgrid went straight to Oz Linden to find out, and gave me permission to share some of the conversation here.
[10:07] <nebadon> OzLinden : ping [10:09] <OzLinden> pong [10:10] <nebadon> are you guys really removing -loginURI support from the viewer? [10:10] <nebadon> or is that just a mistake? [10:10] <nebadon> cause latest Dev and Beta viewers get an error if you try to use it [10:11] <OzLinden> that was deliberate, but there is a related bug that I'm working on now [10:12] <nebadon> ok so it will eventually be back? [10:12] <OzLinden> no, I don't believe so [10:12] <nebadon> why is it being removed? [10:13] <OzLinden> part of cleaning up grid handling - it really doesn't serve much useful purpose [10:13] <nebadon> sure it does [10:13] <nebadon> it lets us connect to opensim [10:14] <nebadon> this essentially kills all support for OpenSim [10:14] <OzLinden> which our Havok license does not allow
That seems pretty clear. Oz says it’s gone for good, that there’s no good reason to keep it around, and that having Havok client side trumps the open-source utility of the viewer. If you disagree, do let LL and Oz Linden know how you feel.