On Tuesday 14th February at the regular Bay City Alliance meeting Sylvan Mole confirmed that Michael Linden officially left Linden Lab. This is both shocking and sad news to hear about. Michael Linden will be greatly missed by all those that knew him inworld.
Michael Linden worked at the lab for over 13 years in a number of roles including becoming a in-world Liaison, then he moved briefly into the Governance role before finally becoming the head of the Linden Department of Public Works (the Moles) for many years improving the mainland of Second Life.
Last week the VWBPE teamannounced major news on the blog that the CloudParty platform will no longer be part of VWBPE 2014 onwards. This year the conference will be held from 9th to 12th April 2014 without CloudParty. As many know already Yahoo have acquired CloudParty and the service will shut down on 21st February 2014.
It’s not surprising to hear this because as one door closes another door opens for another platform to be part of the VWBPE conference. Other possibilities could be Twinity, There.com, Onverse, World of Warcraft, Active Worlds or Kaneva etc.
It is with regret that one of the key platforms VWBPE has been using as a principal venue, CloudParty, has been recently bought out by Yahoo and is now due to close (see link). While this potentially means wonderful things for the people at CloudParty and their future success, for the rest of us, we now need to pick up and move forward. This, too, is part of best practices. Learning to let go and to move on. How to bear the burden of attachment to friends, dedication to projects, and a desire for improvement, which now will need to transform to new states of being.
For the VWBPE Conference, this means we will no longer have a CloudParty track as the platform will be taken down prior to our April conference dates. People who have submitted proposals for this platform will be contacted to make other arrangements. But in the face of loss comes the face of opportunity to make new connections. To rethink the way we do things. To be reborn from the ashes and hopefully soar higher than ever before.
In this conference, we want to hear your stories on how you have addressed the transition from CloudParty to other platforms. To show us how we can extend the reach of educators to imagine a world without boundaries, without CloudParty. To reach out beyond self-imposed constraints and open the doors to new ways of thinking, imagining, expression, and building.
Upcoming Dates for VWBPE 2014
Registration opens: 1st February
Call for Volunteers: 15th February
Acceptance Letters: 15th February
VWBPE 2014 opens: 9th April
VWBPE 2014 ends: 12th April
Will you be applying or attending this year ? Please comment and share your views!
Last week Rod Humble CEO of Linden Lab left Linden Lab after 3 years at the lab. Jo Yardley was the first to report about Rod’s departure through Facebook private message. Rod told family, friends and co-workers on his personal Facebook page. Rod Humble mentions that he wants to start up his own company that will make art, entertainment and cool stuff. More details will be announced in a few weeks.
This is very surprising news and shocking to hear about his departure. There was no big announcements about Rod leaving anywhere during the past week. It’s not known at this stage who will take over as CEO of Linden Lab but I’m sure we will know more in the coming weeks. So stay tuned.
I do think we need a CEO who has a solid understanding of Second Life and someone who is already from Second Life to take over the ship. But whatever happens it’s going to be interesting to see where Second Life/Linden Lab goes next during 2014+.
The good things that Rod did for Second Life between (2011-2013)
Rod Humble (Rodvik Linden) joined back in January 2011 at Linden Lab and since then Second Life has been improved alot since then.
Teen Grid merged with Second Life main grid
The Second Life Community Platform launched
Basic/Advanced modes in Viewer 2
The Social Web Profiles introduced
Launch of Mesh
Improved Avatar and Object Streaming speeds
CHUI Beta Viewer launched
Materials Project Viewer launched
Project Shining launched
Rod Humble gaming timeline so far…
Worked on gaming since 1990
Worked on The Sims 2 and The Sims 3
Worked on Sony’s EverQuest
Was the Executive vice president & head of The Sims group at ESA (2008 to 2010)
Became CEO of Linden Lab from January 2011 to January 2014
New company startup in 2014 planned
I wish Rod all the best for the future and I would like to personally say thanks so much for all the big improvements made to Second Life over the past 3 years. We will miss you!
Oskar Linden today posted on the SLUniverse Forums that his employment at Linden Lab was terminated on Friday 2nd November 2012. This relates to last weekend rumors about Oskar Linden being fired via SLUniverse Forums. Sadly the rumors have been confirmed by Oskar Linden and questions will be asked about his departure now for weeks to come i’m sure. I think many appreciated Oskar Linden’s work and SL/LL communications over the years. Oskar Linden was Lead QA and Server Engineer who will be missed deeply by the SL community. I wish him all the best for the future!
Maestro Linden will be be taking over Oskar Linden Server Beta Group Office Hours weekly in Second Life.
[2012/11/08 15:01] Maestro Linden (maestro.linden): I have an announcement to make.
[2012/11/08 15:01] Maestro Linden (maestro.linden): As some of you already know, Oskar is no longer with the Lab.
The weekend rumors recently I didn’t want to publish anything because it wasn’t official until now. I’m glad its all been cleared up on the rumor side of things. Oskar Linden explains what’s happening in via the SLU thread below…
To solidify all rumors, yes my employment was terminated by Linden Lab last Friday. It was a surprise Skype call with the manager of my department and HR. At the same moment all my accounts were locked and I was told a courier was on the way to my house to take my laptop. This is standard operating procedure at the Lab. The reasons given were quite vague, but at the root of it was complaints from a griefer who I had banned from a private testing sandbox that I managed after he was harassing people and threatening to crash them and the region.
I was also told that there were issues with my communications. I don’t understand that because I have operated in the role of public communicator for the lab for three years and have always had stellar reviews. It’s not like the reasons really matter anyway. When the Lab wants you gone it’s over.
To be quite honest this has all come as a surprise and a shock. I have known for a while that this would happen eventually though. All Lindens fear ‘the skype call’. The old Linden culture is long gone. Many Lindens are disappeared in that way when the Lab no longer has use for them. It has been difficult working through the changes at the Lab the past few years. I could have left, perhaps I should have left on my own. I would have been better off. I did not choose to do so because I was dedicated to the wonderful residents I have met during my 4 years working on SL. I was committed to all of you and committed to making Second Life and Linden Lab a better place. I felt I was fighting the good fight and didn’t want to just run away. I felt that I was making a difference. I hope that I did.
I have no idea what is next for me. I have varied passions that I will follow until I feel the need to pursue further employment.
I have nothing disparaging to say about Linden Lab, in fact I am not legally allowed to because of the wording of my separation agreement. 🙂 Linden Lab is cotton candy and kittens, unicorns and rainbows.
I greatly appreciate all of you who friended me and were so passionate about helping me make Second Life a better place. Your enthusiasm to help find bugs greatly helped the quality of the server code. You are all amazing. You are Second Life, not Linden Lab. Never forget that. I love you all and will miss working with you greatly!
Farewell Oskar Linden and thanks for everything SL!