June 2019 Update
On 25th June at the SL16B Meet the Lindens event Oz Linden talked about Last Names in Second Life. The latest news is that the lab are still working on it by knocking it down one system at a time. Oz Linden did not mention any estimated time frames on it. Oz said “we are getting there” and “making progress”. It will be done in the future.
The lab are still moving forward with the idea but it is disappointing to hear it may take much longer to roll out now. April Linden said this is a very hard problem to solve. I do believe it may be apart of the new super premium package coming out later this year.
Why is it taking so long ?
It’s because all of the Second Life services were built to assume last names would never change. All of these have to be found on the system and altered in the right way = one by one for changing last names to work correctly.
- When Last Names finally rolls out there will be the ability to pick from a list of names which will change from time to time
- The lab will not be reusing previous last names like before
- The lab are still working out if there should be costs involved (possible cost L$25-L$50 per change) and if there should be any limits for changing it often
- Apparently new residents will continue to get the default “Resident” as their last name
- If a friend changes their name the lab may include notifications for this
At 28 minutes & 20 seconds the discussion starts on Last Names.
Other interesting updates from the session..
Bakes on Mesh & EEP
- The lab are still working on Bakes on Mesh and it should make life more simpler
- Firestorm bringing out EEP version very soon
- New environment effects and new settings
- There has been work on the backwards compatibility side
Web Based Viewer
- A web based viewer for Second Life is possible
- The move to the cloud is making progress
- The new Cloud servers are way more faster
- The 360 viewer is coming back
- No plans for large region sizes in the cloud
Mobile Viewer Development
- Early alpha version coming soon
- Basic functions will include logging in and chatting in first version
- Don’t expect it to be a full viewer for some time
There was a final question at the end on how many Lindens there are at Linden Lab?. Oz, April and Patch did not answer this question. I would imagine at least 300 – could be less or more than this number.
Ebbe Altberg who is the CEO of Linden Lab will be live at SL16B Auditorium today from 2pm SLT. I’m sure we will hear more about whats coming soon for Second Life and all the latest developments. There will be mentions of Sansar and much more.
Arrive early and there will be live stream of this event via YouTube.
Don’t miss it! 🙂