On Thursday 15th November 2018 Grumpity Linden, Oz Linden, and Patch Linden hosted a live town hall meeting with the Second Life community to answer many questions. Here is the full video of the special town hall event which runs for 1 hour and 26 seconds. For the live inworld chat during the town hall meeting. see here.
This was a great opportunity for the Second Life community to find out what the Linden Lab execs do behind the scenes and to find out more about the future. There was a good attendance for this town hall meeting.
Things that I took away from the town hall meeting..
Linden Lab is pleased with the response to lowering mainland tier. Resident owned mainland is at levels they haven’t seen for some time
The return of last names is still being worked on and it will probably wont be ready for deployment until Q2 2019. It may cost as much as several months of premium. Name change only for people with premium membership
Linden Lab are working on new genres for Linden Homes and parcels will come in difference sizes. It looks like the new SSP continent will be the new Linden Homes continent.
Animesh shipped this week on the grid and the viewer is in release
Linden Lab are looking at possible new features for Premium members including adding more group slots in 2019
There is a major project for 2019 to renew the Mainland group textures which is possible
Marketplace wish lists, favourites, bug fixes work continues quickly
Grid wide experiences will be coming next year when premium accounts get upgrades
The cloud migration is a big project still and more work still need to be done for moving stuff
SL rail system needs work on and its on the roadmap
The classic system avatar is not being phased out
I hope there will be more Town Hall meetings from the lab during 2019 because it’s great to hear about all the developments happening in Second Life.
Since Wednesday 14th November 2018 the new Islandz grid has been up and running. So far there are 282 total users that have registered and that number is growing every day. The Islandz grid has only ten regions online and that’s expected to rise in the weeks ahead.
Well, it’s taken a while, but we’ve finally managed to get to the point where we can open our doors to show our residents that we are indeed alive and well!
First, let me thank everyone for their hard work, their patience and their determination to help us see this through. Without you, we would never have gotten this far! I’ve watched our community be absolutely amazing, stunning, graceful, patient and so helpful to the myriad of questions from so many.
All former InWorldz residents can log in here with their former avatar name and password. New residents are going to have to wait a little longer to join the grid while maintenance is still on going.
Linden Lab have just announced some exciting news that Project Animesh has been officially released on all regions in Second Life as of today.
Here is the full blog announcement…
The long wait is over: Project Animesh has been released Grid Wide! As of today the default viewer download and all regions on the grid support Animesh.
Animesh, first announced a year ago (!), allows independent objects to use rigged mesh and animations, just as you see today with mesh avatars. This means that you can now have wild animals, pets, vehicles, hair, zombies …. The possibilities are in your hands! We’ve created aWiki which outlines how you can begin playing with Animesh. If you are a Premium Account, you will be able to attach two Animesh attachments instead of one. Note: You will need to be on an Animesh Enabled Viewer to see Animesh objects work correctly; if you are using a third party viewer they can let you know when support will be available.
A huge “Thank you!” goes out to those Second Life Residents who participated in our year-long Beta, both in the forums and at our inworld User Group Meetings .
We’re can’t wait to see what you will create and share with the rest of the community using these new capabilities. To help everyone find new animesh content, we’ve added a category on the Marketplace for it: Animated Objects
We look forward to your comments and bug reports in Jira.
The new Islandz website is now up and running this week. It’s important to note that the Islandz website is still under development and some key features are not available yet.
It’s estimated that the new Islandz grid may be opening within the next few days or so which will be great news. Apparently accounts and logins are expected very soon. Registrations for new users are currently closed until the email and new inventory skeleton creation has been connected up with it successfully.
In the meantime it’s recommended for everyone to download the new Islandz viewer from the downloads page. You can use the Firestorm viewer if you prefer too. It’s worth reading the FAQ before you get started on the Islandz grid for some useful information.
The long wait is almost over. It’s good to hear that things are coming along nicely now and the big launch is just days away. Elenia Llewellyn and Jim Tarber have worked so hard in the past three months or so to build this new grid from the ground up after the closure of the former InWorldz grid back in the summer.
The new Islandz viewer > version > Islandz 1.0.0 (41497)