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! 🙂


First preview of the new Trailer theme at SL16B Spellbound

First Preview

First preview of the new area

Here is the first preview of the new Trailer theme at SL16B Spellbound which looks pretty impressive. As member of the press and greeter I took these snapshots hours before the grand opening to show everyone now it’s past 10am SLT. This new area is still work in progress apparently and the final live regions will be different when it launches sometime this year.

Camping Demo Sign:: Please keep in mind this region is just a PEEK at content that is still a work in progress. The final live regions will be somewhat different and will have some variety built into them just like the previous themes do, but it does give a taste of what is coming.

There are new small Trailers and Campers that surround the water lake with mountains around the outside. There is a dirt road with lovely trees across the region with rocks/wood in certain areas. There is a water tower in the north east corner of the Trailer park. Check out the new Community Center Cabin at the main entrance of the new trailer park.

The Lindens and Moles have done a fantastic job overall for SL16B.

The main entrance
A view across the region towards the main stage
Overlooking the lake
Nice relaxing area
The Camper
Inside look at the Camper
The Trailer
Inside the Trailer

What do you think of the new trailer theme at SL16B ?

There are new Linden homes and houseboats next to the trailer park in the south east corner of the birthday regions.


SL16B officially opens – a guide to the birthday celebrations

SL16B Welcome Area

SL16B officially opened it’s doors to the public at 10am SLT today over at the SL16B regions in Second Life. This year the birthday celebrations were organised by Linden Lab and the Moles who have all done a lovely job at it this year. The community celebration will now continue until Monday 8th July. Check out the brand new SL16B welcome page for the full schedule of events that will be happening during the next few weeks. For reminders check out the SL16B calendar of events that can be found here via the Google Calendar.

There are free gifts, a useful map and information at the SL16B Welcome Area far east on the map. There are friendly greeters who will be there during the course of the birthday celebrations helping everyone get started. This year the community is celebrating SL’s “Sweet Sixteen” with a 1950s retro theme.

SL16B love heart water area

There are many exciting events to look forward to this time including the Music Faire, Swaginator Gift Hunt, Shopping Events and a chance for everyone to Meet the Lindens live. At some point there will be announcements made on the new previews of the new Linden Homes / Themes / Styles which is going to be pretty interesting to see. There are two Linden Home Preview regions south east of the map.

Check out the cool exhibits in the west of the birthday celebration regions, the main stage, the auditorium, the dj stage, the love heart water area, free gifts area and the tapestry of time region. There is live music happening now from talented performers/djs and there will be many other birthday events happening across the grid I’m sure.

First Preview of SL16B

There are several cool retro gifts that are spread across the SL16B regions. Good luck finding them all. The pod tours are back this year which are always exciting and interesting.

SL16B Main Attractions (SLURLS)

SL16B Exhibitor Showcase

SL16B Key Dates

  • SL16B opens to the public: 10am SLT – 20th June – 8th July 2019
  • SL16B Shopping & Gift Event: 20th June – 8th July 2019
  • SL16B Music Faire: 21st June – 22nd June 2019
  • Meet the Lindens: 24th June – 27th June 2019 (starts at 2pm SLT every day SLT
DJ Stage

SL16B Music Schedule & Meet the Lindens Schedule

Main Stage

> Music Faire Schedule

  • Music will be held at the SL16B Main Stage.
Times SLT Friday 21st
Saturday 22nd
10am Parker Static Dreama Summerwind
11am R4 Anne (oXoRyanneoXo) Mimi Carpenter
12pm Tempio Breil Grif Bamaisin
1pm Gabriel da Silva Donn DeVore
2pm Alazarin Mobius Donn DeVore
3pm Evely Lane Effinjay
4pm Zak Claxton Quartz
Front of the Auditorium

> Meet the Lindens Schedule

  • Sessions will be held at the SL16B Auditorium.
Times: 2pm to 3pm SLT each day Meet the Lindens
Monday 24th June Patch Linden
Tuesday 25th June Oz Linden and and April Linden,
Wednesday 26th, June Ebbe Linden
Thursday 27th June Xiola Linden and Strawberry Linden

SL16B Maps

SL16B Map at the Welcome Area

The SL16B regions look really nice this year. Check them all out 🙂

SL16B Map – 20th June 2019

SL16B On Social Media 

Don’t forget to to use #SL16B when posting online…

SL16B Useful Links

SL16B official logo

Please spread the word about the fantastic SL16B celebrations happening now.

SL16B special Town Hall Q&A events

Linden Lab have added a new SL16B section on the Second Life Destination Guide. There are now planned birthday events, experiences and places of interest to visit next week. SL16B opens on Thursday 20th June.

Linden Lab will be hosting a series of special Town Hall Q&As events during the first week of the birthday celebrations.

All the sessions will be held every day at 2pm SLT/PDT.

  • Patch Linden – 24th June
  • Oz Linden & April Linden – 25th June
  • Ebbe Linden – 26th June
  • Xiola Linden & Strawberry Linden – 27th June

Please spread the word.