Second Life Region Statistics – November 2020 Update


Latest grid numbers via the Second Life Grid Survey

As of 15th November 2020 there are 25, 302 regions in total which includes 16, 785 private estate regions and 8, 517 Linden regions. The total size of Second Life in square kilometres is now 1658.19 (KM). The grid has been growing steadily since September 2020 with more private estates and Linden owned regions. The adult and moderate regions have increased over the past few weeks however general regions have dropped by a small amount.

In the past week 103 regions were added to the grid with 82 being new private estate regions and 21 Linden owned regions. This is great news that Second Life is growing again and these latest grid numbers is a positive sign. I think the recent announcement about private estates becoming available again has helped. Interest for new private estates has already started to go up again in demand.

The lab have recently added the new Stilt Linden home regions (over 190 regions) and more regions are expected to arrive in the weeks/months ahead. This will improve the Linden owned regions total counts going forward.

Since 29th December 2019 there has been an increase of 680 private estate regions (2020 = 562 regions) and a loss of 118 Linden owned regions in Second Life.

Linden Lab Confirms 50% Of Second Life Regions Are Now Running In The Cloud


Great news to share with everyone today is that over half of the regions in Second Life are now running in the cloud. Yay!

Just got official confirmation from Strawberry Linden within the past hour. The heads up came from April Linden who is the Engineering Manager at the lab.

Hi Daniel, this is Strawberry. I have confirmed with our Sr. Engineering Manager, April Linden, that over half the regions in Second Life are now running in the cloud.

From the sounds of things it looks like everything went to plan for moving 50% of the regions into the cloud this week. Hopefully the remaining half of the regions will be moved into the cloud within the next 6 weeks or so.

Great work Linden Lab 🙂

More Stilt Linden Home Regions Added


Today Linden Lab have added roughly 17 more Stilt regions and 4 more houseboat regions. In total so far there are now 156 Stilt regions. The mean average for the new Stilt Linden Homes is fractionally over 25 to a region. There will be thousands of Stilt homes available to claim very soon. Probably within the next few weeks or so once all the regions pass the QA process.

Exciting times ahead for those that want a new Linden Home. I’m sure in the mean time the lab will add more Linden Home regions and hopefully connect the Stilt regions to the log homes continent. More log homes are expected to be built in the days and weeks ahead. The railway line on the log homes continent is set to extend further in the weeks ahead.

The Newer Area – (12th November 2020)

Before – (7th November 2020)

I will blog more when new developments happen.

8th Annual OpenSim Conference – 5th & 6th December 2020


AvaCon announced last month that the eighth annual OpenSimulator Community Conference will be held on 5th-6th December 2020. The conference will take place on the OpenSim Conference Grid and everyone is invited to attend. The main focus will be on OpenSimulator software and OpenSim development.

Registration is open for volunteers and other roles however tickets to the conference are limited. If you are interested in OpenSim then this may interest you. I have been to a few OpenSim conferences in the past and I found them to be very good indeed.

Login

Hypergrid Address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

About

The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2020 features two days of fast-paced presentations, panels, performances, and workshops that spotlight the best of the OpenSimulator platform and community. In the evenings, we celebrate another year of discovery and wonder as DJs and performers host dances and parties. 

More details at https://conference.opensimulator.org/

14th Annual VWBPE Conference Starts 18th – 20th March 2021


VWBPE 2021

The 14th annual virtual worlds best practices in education (VWBPE 2021) conference officially opens on 18th March through until 20th March 2021. The theme is Reconnaissance for next year’s conference. VWBPE 2021 will be held in Second Life and the conference will be focused on the “use of immersive virtual environments for educational purposes including virtual and augmented reality”.

VWBPE will again be using Linden Lab’s Second Life environment as our primary conference venue for meetings, exhibits, roundtables, and discussions. Participants are free to submit proposals and immersive experience tours on any environment for education using technologies for virtual or augmented reality. We actively encourage showcasing multiple technology platforms. This includes practical application, researched papers, conceptual, and content creation supporting those technologies.

Important Dates

  • Call For Proposals/Sponsors – Open early November 2020
  • Call for Exhibits – Open early November 2020
  • Call for Immersive Experiences – Open early November 2020
  • Registration – Open 9th November 2020
  • Exhibitors Region Access – Open on 12th February 2021
  • Conference Schedule – Published on 24th February 2021
  • VWBPE 2021 Conference – 18th to 20th March 2021

Stay updated about VWBPE 2021 here.

Second Life Uplift Cloud Update


On Friday 6th November Oz Linden and Mazidox Linden talked with Strawberry Linden on Lab Gab about the latest developments on the Cloud Uplift work that is going on. 

Everyone can watch the whole episode above which runs for roughly a hour. 

Here are some of the highlights…

  • The plan is still to have all of the transitional work completed before the end of 2020. 
  • A specialist company will be clearing out the Lab cages at the co-op facility after the Uplift and they will be disposing the old hardware. All user data will be destroyed. 
  • During the transitional period it has been significantly more expensive to operate Second Life. In the near future it’s believed operating costs will be reduced. 
  • Running Second Life on AWS can run more scripts and script events 
  • User-sensitive data is effectively hidden from Amazon (AWS). Linden Lab have put in strict contractual requirements. 
  • Estate / Region owners can file a support ticket if they wish to move to AWS
  • 50% of the grid will be on AWS from 10th November 2020
  • There is potential for a range of new land products on AWS in the months and years ahead 

Its good to hear Linden Lab is still on track in moving Second Life into the cloud and that more regions are now running on AWS. Hopefully the performance and stability will be improved over time.

More updates soon.