Linden Lab have announced that JIRA changes have now gone live which is great news and it’s been long awaited. The new changes make the bug reporting system a “more transparent and productive experience”. This is a good move by Linden Lab and a positive step in the right direction. Visit the SL JIRA here.
What’s the new changes ?
All users will be able to see all BUG issues, all the time
All users will be able to comment
The “New Feature Request” is back!
The blog post reads this…
As we blogged about last week, we’re making some changes to our JIRA implementation to make our bug reporting system a more transparent and productive experience. We just wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that these changes are now live!
One of the questions we’ve seen in the past week is how previously submitted issues would be treated – namely, will those also be viewable by everyone and open for comment prior to being triaged?
While we want to make issues visible for the reasons described in our last post, we’re not going to extend this to old issues, because at the time they were created, users knew that those reports would have limited visibility and they may have included sensitive and/or private information. We don’t want to take information that someone thought would be private and suddenly make that visible to everyone, so the new visibility settings will apply only to new issues.
A deep discussion with two senior OnLive engineers and managers talking about iOS versions coming soon and what the pricing is among other interesting things. Tune in and listen to the new special podcast hosted by Drax with Jo.
Poll: Will you be using SL Go app ?
Pros and Cons of SL Go app
The app has potential in the future
Second Life in full 3D on mobile and tablet devices
Second Life in high quality on low specs
Second Life in the cloud is brilliant
Looks beautiful and runs really well
Speeds over 50 FPS with a 512-meter draw distance and comes with Wi-Fi or 4G/LTE
Great way of connecting with friends, attending events and visiting places
Costs too much
The free trial period needs to be longer (7 days/30 days) or it should be dropped completely
iOS is not supported at the moment
Limited to a tiny amount of countries and platforms
Other alternatives are already out there at lower cost/free like Lumiya
No SL voice supported at the moment
No saving snapshots to disk
Need a fast broadband connection (3mb+)
Make the app free or for a one time fee (low-cost)
Make the app compatible with iOS devices and more platforms
Continue to develop the app on a regular basis with new improvements and releases
Good news that private estates in Second Life grew by 15 regions (net growth) during the past week. This marks the first growth of 2014 for private estates and this is the first time the grid has grown week on week since 31st March 2013according to Tyche Shepherd.
Private Estates growth history
+30 regions on 24th June 2012
+13 regions on 31st March 2013
+15 regions on 23rd February 2014
Here is the latest grid stats as of 23rd February 2014.
The grid actually grew this week by 14 regions , Private Estates had net growth of 15 while Linden Owned dropped by 1
Total number of Main Grid regions is now 26145 ( 19163 private estates & 6982 Linden owned) 60 new regions were added and 17 returned to the grid, with 63 regions removed (20 were renamed and 0 came and went since last report)
A modest growth this week , the first time the Grid has grown week on week since 31st March 2013 . The growth was distributed across a range of estates – no particular estate exhibiting a significant change in size due to new regions.
Adult rated regions were also up this week by 29 to 4526 (17.3% of the grid) while General rate also grew by 9 to 3540 (13.5%)
This is a very positive sign and shows that there is interest again for private regions in Second Life. I hope that there will be more growth in the months ahead. The latest stats can be found on the Second Life Grid Survey.
CasperTech recently announced on the official Metabolt homepage that they will be taking over and maintaining the METAbolt text client for Second Life and OpenSim users. This is very good news to hear this and that the project is once again active for the long-term.
In the coming weeks there will be brand new website and a new release of METAbolt soon. New developments are now in the pipeline and it’s going to be interesting to see where it goes next I think.
Same Viewer. New Opportunities
It was recently announced that the METAbolt project was being discontinued. We are very happy to announce that this has not happened, and instead CasperTech have stepped in to curate and maintain the project.
CasperTech is a leading provider of solutions for content creators within Second Life. We believe that METAbolt will benefit from our strong legacy and foundations.
It is not our intention to commercialise the project, and we will maintain it in the same spirit of open source community collaboration. We do intend, however, to rejuvenate the METAbolt community with active development, support and new innovation. We are very excited by this opportunity, and we hope you are, too!
Please bear with us while we complete the transitional period – we’re working on a new website and will be making our first release of METAbolt soon.
InWorldz reached a new milestone this week on reaching 95, 000 total user signups and now there 5, 000 signups left until the InWorldz grid reaches the big 100, 000 total user signups mark. I predict that will happen before April 2014 at the latest.
When the signups do hit 100, 000 sometime within the next month or so it will be a historical day to remember. I think there should be a big party to celebrate the big milestone. I’ve now been a user of InWorldz since 2nd September 2010 and I’ve been really interested in the metrics since then.
In general the grid is still growing at a good rate in terms of active users, signups and regions. In March 2014 InWorldz will be celebrating its 5th birthday from 16th March through to 2nd April 2014. I am really looking forward to the birthday and celebrating with everyone. I’ll be blogging about the upcoming 5th birthday so stay tuned.
If you have not signed up yet, I strongly recommend it.
A very interesting map was released recently showing the major sites of web and apparently Second Life is located on the huge map. Second Life is shown at the top of the map under where it says interface. Nearby Rosedale, Humble and Resident Island shown in yellow/orange. Yay.
This has to be one of the best maps of the internet I’ve ever seen and its very cool that the map is divided into continents. I would love to see someone make a metaverse map including SL, Opensim and virtual worlds.
What will you discover ?
“The map is divided into two main parts; software companies, gaming companies and some of the real-world oriented websites are located on the right part of the map, or ‘the old world,’” Vargic told HuffPost in an email. “The websites and majority of Internet itself is located on two eastern continents, the upper one showing social networks, forum websites, blogs, and the lower one filled with adult-oriented websites and Internet crime.”
Click to see full image and enjoy
Map the internet 1.0
Amazing right ? I would love to know what you think of the map of the internet 1.0?
To get an estimate of the size of this “dark metaverse” I contacted hosting companies providers to find out what percentage of their customers were operating in private mode.
There was a wide range, from 20 percent private to 75 percent private for some commercial hosting providers, all the way up to more than 90 percent private for New World Studio grids.
Combing all the sources, that comes out to 60 percent of simulations are run in private mode on average, not accessible to the public.
This graph shows there are more regions in private opensim grids than there are on public opensim grids in 2014 which would explain the dark metaverse. A year from now it will be cool to see the numbers to compare the difference between the private/public grids.
In the comments section and via Twitter message Lani Global created some new graphs showing the total metaverse size for OpenSim private regions, OpenSim Public regions and Second Life regions which is really interesting.
As of 20th January 2014 there are now 109,641 regions in metaverse altogether (estimated) as the stats show below in the graphs. It will be interesting to see the numbers in a year’s time to compare the differences in the size of OpenSim and Second Life.
Summary of the grid numbers
Second Life grid = 26,191 regions (23.9%)
OpenSim Public Grids = 33,380 regions (30.4%)
Opensim Private “Dark Metaverse” = 50,070 regions (45.7%)
Total Opensim = 83,450 regions (76.1%)
Total Metaverse = 109,641 regions (100%)
This graph shows the estimated metaverse size of OpenSim + Second Life in 2013, 2014 and for 2015.
These are great graphs showing a good estimation on the total amount of regions there are as of today in the metaverse. Again OpenSim is growing steady each year and Second Life continues to decline each year.
I do hope for growth in Second Life regions this year or next year because that will be good for the Second Life economy as a whole and good in terms of numbers.
Episode 2 of the new The Drax Files Radio Hour is now availableonlinewhich is about the legacy of Osprey Therian who passed away on 9th December 2013. Also listen to hear more big topics happening else where in the metaverse/real life.
Tranquillity Dexler published a new InWorldz development roadmap for 2014 on the InWorldz Tech Blog today. The roadmap goes into great detail about the current development work list from the InWorldz team and it includes upcoming features coming during 2014.
These are really wonderful plans and I can’t believe how many projects there are in the roadmap. I’m very excited about the future and it’s great being part of a fast growing grid.
There is so much to look forward to this year on the grid of InWorldz in 2014 and here is a summary of the new features below.
Maestro – Grid Management > (Code is 95% complete, beta testing starts within a week)
InWorldz Viewer 2.x – Pushing to be the default download > (First quarter of 2014)
Scenic region partner rezzing > (100% complete, in testing)
InWorldz “Project Stratus” hybrid asset system > (80% complete, in development)
Short term changes coming soon
Physics accelerated llCastRay is now available on the beta grid (Matt)
llSetKeyframedMotion in development (Matt)
Fixes and improvements for many physics functions including llMoveToTarget/region crossing and physical object grab and drag. (Balpien Hammerer)
Many fixes for vehicle functions including boat hulls seemingly scraping/bottoming out even in deep channels. (Balpien Hammerer)
Vehicle fixes in progress to make more SL vehicle scripts behave closer to how they work in SL.(Balpien Hammerer)
Upcoming features in 2014
InWorldz InShape – open beta testing and launch > (Q1 2014)
Project Thoosa Phase 2 & 3 > (estimate Q2-3 2014)
Full analysis and debugging for region crossing and teleport issues due to client side interaction > (estimate Q1 2014)
Website makeover and support work > (estimate Q3/4 2014)
Deadlines not set yet
Export permission implementation
Inter-region communications enhancements and fixes
Object name registry
There will be more improvements made to InWorldz during 2014 including performance, reliability and new features. InWorldz will be using a large amount of resources for promotion this year and revamping the registration process to improve the user’s end experience. InWorldz will for sure increase in numbers in terms of more active users, regions and popularity.
Lani Global posted a very interesting prediction graph on Twitter on 3rd January for OpenSim vs Second Life for 2014. The graph prediction shows that OpenSim will continue to grow faster than the Second Life grid between now and December 2014. If trends continue as they are then this prediction will be correct for 2014. I hope that there will be a increase of regions/private estates for Second Life during 2014 and for new opensim grids get noticed more.
Linden Lab first introduced the direct messages feature on SL web profiles back on 11th October 2011 and since then it’s been a great way to communicate with Second Life friends. At the start of December 2013 there wase scheduled maintenance for direct messaging. Before christmas the first reports came in saying that direct messaging no longer works.
Recently Linden Lab switched off the direct message function because of a rise in abuse of the system which is a real shame I think. Again there was no official announcement on the Official Second Life Blog or SL Forums about this change which is unacceptable. There needs to be better communications in 2014 from Linden Lab so that the whole SL community knows about big changes and features.
If you try and press the Send button today it will just blink and load for a second then do nothing after. The official confirmation came from Pete Linden recently during a recent email with Inara Pey about the direct message function being turned off.
On this inquiry, I can confirm that yes, as a result of a rise in abuse of the system, we have turned off the direct message function on My.SecondLife.com profiles.
It’s unclear if the direct message function will be turned back at any point in the near future. I hope this is a temporary measure and that it will be switch on again soon.
This is the last post of 2013 that I’ll be publishing. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys have prepared my 2013 annual report and here are the final results. Wooooot!!!
Crunchy numbers for 2013
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.
In 2013, there were 351 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,781 posts. There were 784 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 129 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.
Linden Lab released a blog post today on the official Second Life blog called A Look Back on Second Life’s 10th Year which the lab reflects back on 2013. The biggest event of 2013 was Second Life reaching it’s 10th birthday which was very special indeed. There have been many great improvements made to Second Life this year and all of the details can be found on the blog post. Linden Lab at the bottom of the blog post mentions what’s coming in 2014.
Improvements made to Second Life in 2013
More than 3, 000 new entries added to the Second Life Destination Guide
Project Sunshine added faster and more reliable avatar loading
Project Interesting reduced load times and the time to draw objects in regions
Materials support enabled everyone to create photorealistic textured objects inworld using normal and specular maps
The Fitted Mesh Project expanded the creative potential of mesh
CHUI introduced a new hub user interface to communicate inworld
SLShare introduced an opt-in feature to share inworld locations, photos, check-ins with Facebook
What’s coming in 2014
Second Life on Mobile devices
Full integration of the Oculus Rift
And much more
What were your highlights of 2013 in Second Life and what would you like to see happen in 2014 ?
Its time to look back at InWorldz memorable events and new records set month by month during 2013. InWorldz is one of my top favourite grids to visit on a regular basis and it’s full of friendly people. InWorldz continues grow in terms of sign ups, active users and regions every month. All links and dates shown below are my blog.
This is a special early post looking back at the first six months of 2013 in Second Life on what happened between January 2013 to June 2013 including Linden Lab announcements, popular SL news stories and big events that shaped 2013. All links below are from my blog posts during the first six months of 2013 and I’ll be publishing the final six months of 2013 post before the end of December 2013. Stay tuned for that.
I can’t believe it’s nearly christmas and 2014 already!
This is the winter update on Second Life statistics 2013.
SL Total Regions
My last post on Second Life statistics was published on 1st October 2013 for the autumn update and it still appears that private regions are declining week on week for many reasons. Tyche Shepherd yesterday published that year to date of private estate losses now stands at 1, 568 (7.5%) via SLUniverse Forums.
This time last year the year to date of private estate losses went up to 2, 500 regions however this year the decline is slower but it’s still alarming. 2013 started with 28, 036 main grid regions and today it’s dropped down to 26, 403 regions. If rates continue as they are then I would expect total main grid regions to be around the 24, 000 mark or less this time next year.
I do hope the SL economy will see growth again but it’s unlikely to happen without more investment.
On 6th January 2013
Total main grid regions: 28, 036
Total private estates: 20, 921
Total Linden owned: 7, 115
On 21st July 2013
Total main grid regions: 27, 079
Total private estates: 19, 997
Total Linden owned: 7, 082
On 1st October 2013
Total Main Grid regions: 26, 729
Total Private Estates: 19, 645
Total Linden owned: 7, 084
On 1st December 2013
Total Main Grid regions: 26, 403
Total Private Estates: 19, 424
Total Linden owned: 6, 979
The graph shows a down hill drop of main grid total regions during the past year or so.
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SL Daily Concurrency Levels
Since October 2013 the daily concurrency levels seem to be reaching a peak of 60, 000 to a low peak of 29, 000 on a daily basis since October 2013. The median daily concurrency went up to the 46, 000 mark with the mean daily concurrency being around 45, 000 mark. I would expect the daily concurrency levels to pick up now as we head into the Christmas season and the new year months.
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As of 2nd December there are now 36,201,866 signups for Second Life since 2003. According to Dwell On It statistical graphs it appears that the rate of signups on a daily basis is now between 10, 000 to 12, 000 which is much slower than it was at the start of 2013 when it reached between 16, 000 – 17, 000 signups on a daily basis.
Next stats update
The next statistics update will be published in March/April 2014.
On Hypergrid Business there is a new Fourth Annual OpenSim Grid Survey to fill out to find out which opensim grids users like the best in terms of community, technology, content and support. One vote is required and the results will be posted before 23rd November 2013 apparently.
On Wednesday 13th November Jim Tarber shared some very interesting charts of InWorldz growth from July 2010 to November 2013 on the InWorldz Forums. New updated charts on InWorldz users, regions and online concurrency which are all worth looking at. The automated recording broke in 2012 which explains the gap in the charts shared by Jim Tarber.
InWorldz soon will be reaching its next big milestone of 90, 000 registered InWorldz users and I’m sure there will be a big party to celebrate this big occasion. 100, 000 InWorldz Users I predict will be reached sometime before Easter 2014. I can’t wait to see that!
InWorldz Users chart below shows a big increase in users since July 2010 and the rates continue today at a steady pace. It does seem that there are high peaks at the start of the each year and also during the summer months on the grid of InWorldz.
InWorldz Regions chart below shows all the interesting summer peaks and autumn lulls since July 2010 which seems to be increasing every year more and more. Yay!
InWorldz Online Concurency chart shows all the low/high peaks in online concurrency since July 2010. From July 2013 to October 2013 there was a big increase again in online activity for InWorldz. Wooot!
I started a new poll recently called Has Linden Lab Terms of Service affected you? on Sunday 27th October 2013 and since then the poll has received alot of votes with comments. In total so far there have been 108 votes so thanks to everyone that voted in the past few days. More than 60% say that the recent change to Linden Lab Terms of Service has affected them on the grid which suggests this recent update is having a big impact on the SL community for sure. Only 39.81% say that the recent SL TOS update has not not affected in any way so far. Hopefully soon Linden Lab will resolve the concerns and issues.
Question: Has Linden Lab Terms of Service affected you?
Please vote Yes or No if the latest change in Linden Lab Terms of Service has effected you in anyway in Second Life. This poll open is to all and comments are most welcome.
Thanks for voting and please spread the word. Results will be reviewed and published next week.
New Update > Designing Worlds announced today that there will be a special recorded show featuring panel guests talking about Linden Lab Terms of Service on Tuesday 29th October 2013. Don’t miss this!!!