Category Archives: Linden Lab

Magic Boxes and Xstreet will be retired in late August 2015


On Wednesday 29th July Linden Lab announced the shut down dates for Magic Boxes and Xstreet following the launch of the Viewer-Managed Marketplace (VMM). As many know already the automated migration process started on 23rd July 2015 and will continue until the final closure dates. 

Here is the blog post announcing the shut down dates for Magic Boxes and Xstreet

With the launch of Viewer-Managed Marketplace (VMM), Magic Boxes and Xstreet will be retired. Merchants who are still using Magic Boxes to sell their items will need to manually migrate their listings by August 17, 2015, when Magic Boxes will no longer appear on Marketplace. We will leave Xstreet up until August 27, 2015, so that interested Merchants can pull their data before the site is shut down for good.

In summary:

  • Magic Boxes will stop working on August 17, 2015
  • Xstreet will be shut down on August 27, 2015

For more information on VMM and manual migration, please see the VMM Knowledge Base article or check out the VMM video Migrating Listings & Checking for Errors. If you have problems at any point with the migration, submit a support ticket under Marketplace Item Listing Issues.

Download the new Second Life Viewer-Managed Marketplace release viewer here

This viewer allows Merchants to manage inventory associated with Marketplace Listings from within the viewer. In addition to making management of Marketplace Listings easier, sale of items that Merchants do not have the right to copy will now be supported with Viewer-Managed Marketplace.

 

 

Second Life community invited to “Ask the CEO”


Linden Lab have opened a new Forum thread this week called “Ask the CEO” for the Second Life community to post questions that didn’t get answered during the SL12B Meet the Linden interviews last month. There were many Second Life and Project Sansar questions that didn’t get answered during the birthday celebrations.

Ebbe Linden, Pete Linden and many more Lindens will be answering your questions in forum thread on things that matter to you. If you have a question on Second Life or Project Sansar etc post them here

Here are is a brief summary of some the answers so far 

  • Improvements coming soon for Media on a Prim
  • It’s unlikely there will be rounded edges to be introduced to Second Life
  • Second Life will work with Windows 10
  • Sansar will require higher specs than Second Life and that it will be capable of so much more than Second Life
  • There is a dedicated core team working on improving Second Life and keeping it fresh
  • Sansar will have a new marketplace with new technology along with a new user experience
  • There is support for physically based materials with spec, smoothness, “metalness” and normal maps
  • Sansar won’t be 100% backward compatible with Second Life
  • There will be flying and boating in Sansar with much more
  • SL residents will be able to create Sansar personas (under a master account) using their Second Life user names

Check out the Forum thread for more answers in the days ahead and spread the word. :)

Dr. Phil talk show will be featuring Second Life and Ebbe Altberg on 14th July 2015


Linden Lab have announced today that Second Life will be featured on the popular Dr. Phil talk show along with Ebbe Altberg (CEO of Linden Lab). This special episode will be airing on Tuesday 14th July 2015 shown in the United States and the times can be found on the Dr. Phil main website.

Ebbe Altberg will be speaking about some of the positive ways that Second Life is being used from around the world. There will be footage of Dr. Phil adventures in Second Life in this episode.

Dr. Phil will be shown on the largest monitor (40 feet wide) controlling his avatar in Second Life. The episode features a young man who is struggling with many problems and his addiction to playing online games.

Won’t Work, Won’t Go to School: “My Son Just Wants to Game All Day”

Sarah says her 23-year-old son, Justin, is so consumed with playing video games that he dropped out of college, can’t hold a job and is neglecting his health — losing more than 50 pounds — and she fears he’ll die if he doesn’t stop. Sarah says she has tried cutting off Justin financially and giving him ultimatums, but he always finds a way to continue gaming to excess. Justin admits he can play 16 hours a day — sometimes lasting up to 30 hours straight — and says he would rather live in the virtual world than the real world. What could be driving his behavior? And, has his hobby become an addiction that could eventually kill him? With the help of Dr. Rachael Ross, co-host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, Dr. Phil opens Justin’s eyes to the potential health dangers he faces. Will it have an impact? Plus, how can Justin regain traction in his life?

Check out the bio about Dr. Phil here

SL12B fireworks show marks the end for live performances


SL12B performances end

SL12B performances end with huge firework show

To mark the end of the live performances at SL12B Community Celebration Bewell Ormega put on a huge fireworks show between 11:30pm SLT (28th) to 12am SLT (29th) at the SL12B Stunning Cake Stage. It was really amazing to attend the final event of SL12B and I have to say I have loved this year’s birthday celebrations from start to end.

Thanks to all the organisers for the best party yet. :)

The Linden talks I thought worked really well along with the SL12B music festival. I enjoyed exploring with the SL12B raptor avatar and sharing adventures on my SL Flickr stream. The theme What Dreams May Come I liked and the builds were much better this year. The stages and live music was fantastic. The SL12B BIG Hunt continues until 4th July 2015.

The SL12B regions will remain open for viewing until Saturday 4th July 2015. This is a great time to visit the exhibits and explore before the sims go offline for another year.

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The party celebrations final moments

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The last performance at SL12B

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Raptor loved the party and its now time to head to the wild again

I hope that you have enjoyed by special SL12B blog coverage this week and all my SL12B snapshots can be found on my SL Flickr stream. I’m looking forward to SL13B and I’m sure it will be another awesome one.

Please share in comments your thoughts on SL12B! Thanks :)

 

Replay of Ebbe Linden talk at SL12B


On Friday 26th June 2015 Ebbe Linden was interviewed by Jo Yardley and Saffia Widdershins at the SL12B Auditorium. This was the last of the Meet The Lindens talks at the birthday celebration and the session lasted for about a hour. There were more than 100 attendees at the talk and there were technical issues at the start.

Ebbe Linden talked about Second Life, Project Sansar, Third Party viewers and more. It’s worth listening to if you missed the talk yesterday as there are some interesting updates.

Here is the full replay of Ebbe Linden talk at SL12B

Replay of all the “Meet The Lindens” interviews at the SL12B


If you have missed any of the “Meet The Lindens” interviews at the SL12B this week then here is another chance to watch them again. I have been to a few talks this week and found them very interesting. There have been huge audiences for all of the talks so far and I think it’s been a success.

I hope that talks will be held with more Lindens during future birthdays of Second Life and it would be nice to see the keynotes speech back again at the start/end of the birthday.

Don’t forget that Ebbe Linden the CEO of Linden Lab will be LIVE today at 1pm SLT (9pm UK time) at the SL12B Auditorium. Arrive early to get access before the regions become too full.

Monday 22nd June – Oz Linden, Engineering Director, Second Life.

Tuesday 23rd June – Patch Linden, Senior Manager, Product Operations, and Dee Linden, Land Product Specialist.

Wednesday 24th June – Xiola Linden, Lead Community Manager, and Pete Linden, Senior Director, Global Communications at Linden Lab.

Thursday 25th June – Danger Linden, Sr. Director, Product, Virtual Worlds and Troy Linden, Senior Producer.

  • Friday 26th June – Ebbe Linden, CEO Linden Lab at 1pm SLT! 

Have you enjoyed the talks so far at SL12B ?

Do you have any suggestions for future talks ? 

SL12B Official Music Fest: starts 26th and 27th June 2015


SL12B Ixtlan Stage

SL12B Ixtlan Stage – looks amazing!

Linden Lab have announced that the SL12B Official Music Fest will be held on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June 2015. There will be live performances from Second Life’s top musicians during this special SL12B concert event. There will be many genres of music during the concert and everyone is welcome to attend. The Ixtlan Stage was built by Cube Republic to mark this special SL12B occasion.

The auditions last month were a huge success with so much talent and it’s time to show support for this huge SL12B Music Festival this weekend. Don’t miss this! :D

SL12B Official Music Fest Schedule – All times are SLT/PDT

Friday 26th June 2015

  • 11am – 11.30am – Alazarin Mondrian
  • 11:30am – 12pm – The Pink Vampire
  • 12pm – 12:30pm – Tamra Hayden
  • 12:30pm – 1pm – Effinjay
  • 1pm – 1.30pm – Amforte Clarity
  • 1.30pm – 2pm – Isabella Rumsford
  • 2pm – 2.30pm – Tempio Breil
  • 2.30pm – 3pm – Phoenix J

Saturday 27th June 2015

  • 8pm – 8.30pm – Mavenn Resident
  • 8.30pm – 9pm – Oblee
  • 9pm- 9.30pm – Collin Martin
  • 9.30pm – 10pm – Taunter Goodnight
  • 10pm – 10.30pm – Donn DeVore
  • 10.30pm – 11pm – Zak Claxton
  • 11pm – 11.30pm – LuvofMusic
  • 11.30pm – 12am (midnight) – Ren Enberg & Quai Franklin
SL12B Ixtlan Stage

SL12B Ixtlan Stage – another view looking outwards