Latif Khalifa has passed away – Developer of the Radegast Metaverse Client, Singularity Viewer and Replex Viewer

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Latif Khalifa R.I.P 1970 – 2016

Sad news to report that Latif Khalifa who is known in Second Life has passed away after losing his battle against a long term illness according to various sources. Latif Khalifa passed away at the age of 46 years old and he will be missed deeply by the Second Life community and OpenSim community.

Latif Khalifa was the owner/developer of the well known Radegast Metaverse Client and he was top developer for the Singularity Viewer until 2014. Latif then worked on the Replex Viewer but was cut short due to his health.

Latif Khalifa was talented, very helpful and he was a big contributor to Second Life/OpenSim.  Apparently Kristina Deschanel his partner wrote this on his profile in Second Life..

Latif Khalifa R.I.P—1970. – 2016.

Forever in our thoughts and hearts… The sky has got another star, that’s going to light up with the rest of the universe. Rest in peace  my Love

Latif Khalifa

Dahlia Trimble on Google+ wrote this…

I’m very sad to hear that we lost Latif Kalifa

Latif was a good friend and collaborator. He was very helpful when I was implementing mesh physics, materials support, and particle system enhancements in OpenSimulator and also contributed many other fixes and enhancements He was the primary maintainer for libopenmetaverse for the last several years. He was the primary developer of the Radegast viewer which, among other features, had many features for the visually impaired. He was also a major contributor to PHP. His passing is a huge loss to me and I’m sure it is for the field of virtual worlds as well.

My deep condolences go to his family and friends.


InWorldz 7th Birthday Key Dates

IW7 countdown has started!

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This year InWorldz 7th birthday bash and celebrations will start on 26th March through until 2nd April 2016. There will be birthday contests and hunts during April 2016, so stay tuned for that. IW7 preparations are now underway and many of the exhibits are now being built.

Key Dates for IW7

  • Feb 7th – Mar 20th – IW7 Build window
  • Mar 20th – all build/exhibits to be completed and ready for inspection
  • Mar 26th – Kick off event for IW7
  • Mar 26th – Apr 2nd – IW7 Entertainment week events
  • Mar 29th – IW7 Artfest Opening Party
  • Mar 26th – April 30th – Build/Exhibits exploration, hunts, contests etc.

When I joined InWorldz on 2nd September 2010 there were 12, 274 registered users, 96 users online and 499 total regions. As of 4th March 2016 there are now 139, 980 total users, 223 users online as of now and 1, 525 total regions. Wooot! 🙂

In previous years I have attended InWorldz birthday events and I have really enjoyed them. I will be blogging more on IW7 in the weeks ahead with new snapshots along with my thoughts.

More updates soon!