On Monday 28th November Linden Lab launched the new Second Life Grid Status Update Service which has gone live. The new Grid Status page now provides a more detailed view of the overall live status of the main Second Life systems.
The revamped Grid Status page now comes with drop down sections where you can see more information om Second Life Regions, Websites, Second Life Services, In-World Services and External Support.
At the top of the Grid Status page it’s now easier to subscribe to updates around the clock via email, sms notifcations, webhook notifications, Twitter and RSS.
The 6th annual Second Life Christmas Expo starts on Thursday 1st December through until Monday 12th December 2016. The event is in support of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Second Life.
This year there will be four sims featuring special events including a Snowman Building Contest, Snow Bubble Racing, a Christmas Tree Lot, holiday raffles and photos with Santa. There will be holiday and non holiday from the very best creators and designers in Second Life.
The days grow shorter and the trees are beginning to turn. Can December be that far off? It’s time to make your plans to head Home For The Holidays!
The Elves are back from vacation and starting to make lists….. of sponsors, merchants, performers, volunteers and all the people and things that make The SL Christmas Expo the shining star of the Holiday Season!
If you are interested helping out there are various roles available at the Second Life Christmas Expo 2016 in Second Life.
The 2016 Avi Choice Awards will be held on Sunday 4th December starting at 1pm SLT presented by Saffia Widdershins and Elrik Merlin in Second Life. The show will be hosted by byT1 Radio’s Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas. Voting for the final Avi Choice Awards show has now closed and the process of counting all of the votes has now started.
This year will be the last Avi Choice Awards which is a real shame because it’s been a great way of recognizing amazing talent across the grid since 2011. The annual Avi Choice Awards one of the most popular events in Second Life with hundreds of people attending it every year.
We’ve had so many inquiries into the future of the Avi Choice Awards. It has been a full year for the skeleton crew we keep here at the Avi’s and we’ve not been able to keep the site updated, as we should have. As announced during last year’s Avi Choice Fashion Awards, we are retiring the Awards, as we know them. We are talking about continuing our mission forward in some way, but as of this post, we are just in discussion. But for now.. we have an announcement to make!
On December 4th, 2016 we will host one more Avi Choice Awards! The GRAND FINALE! This one will take us back to the early days of our Awards when we had one program a year celebrating as many recipients in all three genre’s as we could.
On 24th November a new version (3.2) of the popular Lumiya Viewer for Android Phones and Tablets was released which now supports rendering for Google Cardboard. The latest version is now compatible with Virtual Reality kits and headsets. This latest 3.2 version has fixed an issue with black screen when antialiasing is enabled.
Lumiya 3.2 supports stereoscopic rendering for Google Cardboard and compatible Virtual Reality kits.
To enable stereoscopic rendering, tap on “3D View” and then pick “Virtual Reality mode” from the action menu, at the top right corner of the screen.
At the moment, VR mode is only available on Android Marshmallow and above.
According to the Second Life Grid Survey recently the total amount of Private Estates in Second Life dropped below the 17, 000 regions mark which is rather alarming and shows the decline is still happening.
At the start of 2016 there were 17, 775 Private Estate regions in Second Life but over the course of this year more regions have gone off the grid leaving 16, 902 Private Estates remaining as of 20th November 2016. It’s sad that Second Life has lost so many amazing regions over the past six years and I really hope that things will change for the better in years to come.
YTD Private Estate net losses now stand at 873 (4.9% loss) – As of 20th November 2016
2010 to 2016
Since 2010 the total amount of regions have been decreasing slowly and the grid has lost amazing talent. For comparison on 13th June 2010 there were 31, 988 Main Grid regions in total and today there are 24, 076 Main Grid regions left. If trends continue then expect the total amount of Main Grid regions to drop under the 24, 000 mark before the end of 2016.
Check out this graph showing the total number of main grid regions since 31st October 2006.
2003 to 2006 – steady interest in regions
2006 to 2008 – high interest in regions
2008 to 2012 – max total of regions
2012+ – steady decline in regions
Breakdown of Ownership/Classification
(20th November 2016) – Breakdown of current regions by Ownership and Classification:
Estate – Adult: 4913
Estate – General: 1354
Estate – Moderate: 10631
Estate – Offline: 4
Linden – Adult: 447
Linden – General: 1642
Linden – Moderate: 5085
(20th November 2016) – Breakdown of Host Server Classes by Ownership:
Estate – Class 5: 242
Estate – Class 7: 7793
Estate – Class 8: 7573
Estate – Class Unknown: 1294
Linden – Class 5: 6
Linden – Class 7: 1297
Linden – Class 8: 5569
Linden – Class Unknown: 302
2017: the year ahead
It’s going to be another challenging year for Second Life with Sansar opening it’s doors to the public in early 2017. The big question is what impact will Sansar have on the Second Life & OpenSim grid numbers during 2017+ ?. We will have to wait and see.
I hope that there will be growth in private estates during the course of 2017 and hopefully the lab will keep on investing more into Second Life. I will be sharing the latest grid stats during each quarter of 2017 so stay tuned for that.
The well-known Mont Saint Michel region has returned in Second Life after being shut down for many weeks. According to Tyche Shepherd latest sims report Mont Saint Michel is back on the grid again. Hopefully this time the region will be here for many more years to come.