4th Annual OpenSim Community Conference 2016 Is Happening Now


OpenSim Community Conference 2016 Now Open

Today at 7am SLT this year’s OpenSim Community Conference got underway and over the course of this weekend (10th – 11th December) will be featuring keynote sessions, presentations, social events and much more. Last year there was more than 500 attendees with more watching via live video streams and it was a huge success.

The 2016 OpenSim Community Conference is organised by AvaCon and Core Developers of OpenSimuator. The conference takes place on the OSCC Conference Grid and everyone is welcome to attend.   

About OpenSimulator 

OpenSimulator is an open-source platform that supports the creation of collaborative, immersive, distributed and social 3D virtual environments over the Internet. OpenSimulator software is now the basis for many virtual world “grids” of varying sizes and purposes.

OpenSim Conference Regions Map 2016

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Useful Conference Links 

Linden Lab Increases Full Private Regions To 30, 000 Prims


Today Linden Lab have announced starting today full private region owners have the option to upgrade to 30, 000 prims which is very good news indeed. Upgrading to the new 30, 000 prims limit will cost $30 USD per region starting today

There will be a additional monthly maintenance fee* of $30 USD so please keep that in mind too. It’s worth pointing out that the upgrade must be maintained for at least a month and downgrading to 20, 000 prims will be a one off charge of $30 USD.

For those interested in having 30, 000 prims upgrading is rather simple just submit a case through the support portal under the case type of Land & Region > Land Impact Change Request.

Here is the blog announcement in full: 

Owning land in Second Life has never been more valuable, and now is a great time to get your own space or expand your current land holdings.

We’ve recently rolled out increased Land Impact for all regions, and last week, Full Private Regions went up from 15,000 to 20,000 prims – a 33% increase, at no additional charge!

Starting today, Full Private Region owners now have the option to upgrade to an even more impressive 30,000 prims! That’s an additional 50% more room for creating, decorating, designing your own store –  whatever you can dream up!

Upgrading to 30,000 prims costs $30 USD per Region and will incur an additional monthly maintenance fee*. For additional information about Private Region management and this Land Impact upgrade program, please visit our Knowledge Base.

To request an upgrade, please submit a case through the support portal on the Second Life website under the case type Land & Region > Land Impact Change Request.

With the recent increases in land prims across all regions in Second Life it would be great to see now Private Regions start to increase again on the grid. In recent years there has been a steady decline in Private Regions due to various reasons but perhaps now that may all now change for the better.

Project Bento now part of the Second Life default viewer


On Monday 5th December Linden Lab announced that Project Bento is now live on the main grid and it’s now part of the Second Life default viewer at long last. This is one of the biggest updates to the Second Life avatar has ever had on the main grid. Christmas has come early🙂

It’s almost been a year since Linden Lab first introduced Project Bento back in mid December 2015 and so much has been improved during the past year. Interest in Bento has grown over the past year and that’s always a good thing to see.

Linden Lab is proud to announce that Project Bento is now part of the default Viewer! Bento is probably the single most extensive update to the avatar skeleton ever, and as a result of countless hours of testing, updating, reconfiguring, testing… you get the picture, we are now live!

Now everyone can enjoy the extra bones creators have taken advantage of to bring you true quadrupeds, winged avatars, fingers, facial expressions and more.

For those that don’t know already Project Bento adds over 30 bones to the avatar’s face, hands, joints and attachment points. Today Bento provides more realistic improved facial expressions, animations and a better range of avatar body types than ever before.

Firestorm has plans for Bento to be integrated into the viewer at some point in the near future (no ETA yet). Hopefully other third party viewer will integrate Bento very soon. There are many opportunities and possibilities using Bento in Second Life going forward.

If you are interested in Bento download and install the latest official Second Life viewer (version 5.0.0.321958). Learn more about Bento here.