The lab are still working on Last Names


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.

Brief summary…

  • 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

Full Video

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! 🙂

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Recorded Video: Patch Linden at SL16B – Meet the Lindens


For anyone that missed Patch Linden live event at SL16B yesterday (24th June) here is the full recorded video of it. The full video lasts for one hour and 17 minutes.

This footage was done directly from inworld so you will see the local chat on the bottom left hand side.

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Upcoming Schedule 

Day (2pm to 3pm SLT) Lindens & Moles
Monday 24th June Patch Linden, Senior Director, Product Operations
Tuesday 25th June Oz Linden (Senior Director / Second Life Engineering) + April Linden (Systems Engineering Manager & Operations)
Wednesday 26th, June Ebbe Linden (Ebbe Altberg), CEO of Linden Lab
Thursday 27th June Xiola Linden (Lead Community Manager) + Strawberry Linden (Marketing Specialist)
Friday 28th June Meet the Moles – The Linden Department of Public Works

All sessions will be held at the SL16B Auditorium. It’s recommended to arrive early and take a seat as the regions will full up pretty fast.

Patch Linden gives new update on the release process on the new Linden Homes


News Alert

Patch Linden on stage after the live show at SL16B

Patch Linden has just posted up a new update today relating to the release process on the Linden Homes section on the Second Life Forums. Starting today the new Linden Homes will be released one region at a time. The releases will start on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There won’t be any releases during weekends or during holidays apparently. The new Campers & Trailers will be released in one large batch and will be 512 sqm lots. No time has been given when these will become available to the public.

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Trains are coming to the new continent in the near future which will be linked with the SLRR. The first community events space called Bellissseria Fairgrounds will be used for events happening around the 4th of July. The new area has already got an airstrip, a big statue and soon there will be a new water taxi service set up. New small commercial opportunities may be coming to Bellisseria continent sometime later this year.

See the full thread post below…

Hello!

I have an update to our release process I want to share with everyone.  As I alluded to here, we are going to try and change our release strategy for a little while to see if a particular process works better for everyone involved, including many of you who have been very patiently waiting for one of the new Linden Homes.   

Many of you have already been witness to the new process unfolding in front of you whether you knew it or not.   Those regions that have been called out in various places such as New Hamsterdam down to SSPE136 (soon to be officially named).  We did this for multiple reasons, mostly in an effort to show all of you some of the process we go through in real-time to make these beautiful new regions come to life, and give a glimpse into the timeline involved.  

Starting today, we’re going to try to release a region’s worth of new Linden Homes on a regular cadence.  We’re aiming to try for a region per every other day, but as we can not control all the factors involved in the lengthy process, we may have some gaps which could last anywhere between a day to several days and especially on the weekends.  This will also mean that I will not update this post with each region release, but keep it for larger release updates, announcements, news, information, etc.

This will be followed by the future initial release of the new Campers & Trailers theme that has also now been revealed here at SL16B.  This release will be large-scale like other releases we have done in the past, and then also potentially follow the release process I’ve outlined above.

Next up, is an area that is going to be our first community events space called the Bellisseria Fairgrounds!  Our vision for this space is to grant communal access to an area that is clear and ready for set-up of an event.  We are going to supply the outlying basic infrastructure which includes water taxi access to the main continent, an airstrip and landing pad.  We will have a scheduling calendar and process in place where the space can be reserved in advance.  The first events already in line for use of this space will be around the 4th of July holiday coming up.  More information to come about how the reservation process will work in the near future.

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Second Life officially turns 16


Tapestry of Time at SL16B

Today (23rd June) marks Second Life official 16th birthday. Second Life is still one of the best virtual worlds out there today.

The party is still going on at the SL16B regions. Next week marks the start of Meet the Lindens Q&As sessions. It’s a great way of hearing directly from Linden Lab on things they are working on. I would imagine we will be hearing more about the new Linden Homes in the days ahead.

New homes and houseboats

Don’t forget to visit the Tapestry of Time attraction at SL16B which is very interesting indeed looking back at the past 16 years of Second Life. For all those that love Second Life history this is definitely worth seeing.

Happy 16th Birthday Second Life. Thanks to Linden Lab for organising SL16B and for all the hard work it’s taken over the years to get Second Life to where it is today.

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