Category Archives: SL Economy

Linden Lab Public User Group Meetings Are Still Happening


Linden Village – Simon Linden user group location

For many years Linden Lab have run weekly public user group meetings (office hours) in Second Life with the community to chat about the latest developments, server changes, latest bugs, web updates and much more. 

The good news still is that they are still happening on a weekly basis for anyone that didn’t know they were still going on. The user group meetings are very interesting and they are worth going to if you have not been before.

About User Groups…

User groups are product or community focused and each one is led by the product manager or community manager. Our goals are to make it easier for you to find the user group, or groups, that you want to participate in and for us to listen more closely to your needs and ideas. The user group program is about opening up more lines of communication. Most user groups are public and include inworld meetings, JIRA sections, and sometimes a Twitter feed, an SL Forum, or an SL email list. It’s up to the user group lead and the core Resident team how they want to communicate with one another. The discussions will be open, direct, and focus more on your needs, new features, and be more forward-looking.

Hippotropolis – Oz Linden user group location

As of 3rd October 2018 here are the current weekly Linden Lab Public User Group meetings sorted chronologically by day of the week.

All times below are PDT/SLT.

User Group Description User Group Leader Frequency Days of Week Time (PT) Location (SLurl)
Server/Sim/Scripting Simulator issues and technology. Simon Linden Weekly Tuesday 12:00-13:00 SLurl
Open Development Open discussion of SL development, including open source contributions. Oz Linden Weekly Wednesday 07:00-08:00 Oz’s RaftD or IETF Island (180, 210, 22)D
Server Beta Anything pertaining to server changes and public beta testing. Caleb Linden Weekly Thursday 15:00-16:00 On AditiSLurl
Content Creation Discussion of SL content creation including avatars, animations, and other meshes.
(Supersedes the Bento user group.)
Vir Linden Weekly Thursday 13:00-14:00 Hippotropolis Campfire CircleD
Governance Discussion & education of issues involving Governance such as in-world abuse, Abuse Reports, Forum Reports, Marketplace Reports, etc Kristin Linden Bi-weekly Tuesday 13:00-14:00 HavenhurstD
Concierge & Land Discussion & education of SL topics such as current known issues and bugs, project viewers and new features, and general Mainland issues. Theresa Linden Every 2nd and 4th Thursday Thursday 12:00-13:00 Linden Estate Services4D
Web Discussion of issues around Web properties such as Marketplace, Profiles, Place Pages, Search, etc. Grumpity Linden & Alexa Linden Monthly Wednesday 14:00 DenbyD

Please spread the word about Linden Lab public user group meetings.

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Second Life Statistics Update – October 2018


Private Estates Positive Growth Update

According to Tyche Shepherd via VirtualVerse on 23rd September 2018 the year to date for private estates net change is now positive with the addition of 45 regions (0.3% growth) since 31st December 2017. This means the total amount of main grid regions has regrown to the size it was back in April 2017. Yay! 🙂

This is very good news to hear positive growth for private estates in 2018 so far. I think the summer price reductions on land this year in Second Life has made a positive difference this year. The grid is slowly growing again and I hope this trend will continue.

Region Breakdown

Here are the latest Second Life region statistics as of 30th September 2018:

  • Main Grid Regions: 23, 785
  • Private Estates: 16, 146
  • Linden Owned: 7, 639
  • YTD Net Change for Private Estates: +40 (0.2% increase over the year)
  • – Adult rated regions: 5, 864 – (24.7% of the grid)
  • – General rated regions: 2, 909 – (12.2% of the grid)

Daily Concurrency

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency: 50, 000
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency: 28, 000
  • Median Daily Concurrency: 42, 000

Second Life Signups 

As of 30th September 2018 there have been 56,  326, 674 signups for Second Life to date.

New Second Life Join Page Goes Live


It looks like Linden Lab have revamped the Second Life Join Page today and it looks very good at first glimpse. I really do think this revamp will now improve the new resident experience going forward along with the new themed learning islands which include many cool genres like sci-fi etc.

Part 1: The classic and fantasy avatars are now shown under a drop down menu on the left hand side with the sign up details on the right hand side of the page.

Part 2: Once you click the Create My Account button you will be taken to the next page where you can select your membership level either Basic or Premium with the experiences you can expect for each.

Part 3: The final page says “Your account is activated” and “Your avatar is waiting for you!”. You can now download and install the Second Life viewer and start the great adventure.

What do you think of the new Second Life Join page ? Please share your views in the comments section below.

Top 10 Interesting Updates From The Recent Town Hall Event


Ebbe Altberg Town Hall Meeting

Ebbe Altberg At Town Hall Meeting

Here are some of the updates that I found most interesting in simple terms during the recent town hall event with Ebbe Altberg the CEO of Linden Lab on Thursday 13th September 2018. To see the whole video of the Town Hall session, see my previous blog post. It’s definitely worth watching. I hope there will be many more Town Hall sessions in the future with more announcements.

1. Return of Last Names

Linden Lab set a goal to return last names in Second Life in 2018. It’s now probably going to be returning either at the end of 2018 or sometime in 2019. There is no date when it will be deployed but the team are on it.

2. Animesh

It’s apparently very close to release and the Environment Enhancement Project is close to public testing very soon.
  • Bakes on Mesh is still progressing and should appear before the end of the year

3. Second Life In The Cloud

Moving Second Life to a cloud infrastructure will not be completed until 2019 as it’s a long-term project. There may be more water spaces to connect between existing continents (TBC).

4. Linden Homes

The land team are working hard on things at the moment and it’s being determined if the new land will be deployed in stages or all at once. More details will be revealed before the end of 2018.

5. Tier Rates

Currently there will no plans to further change the tier rates in Second Life. The lab is still absorbing the data from the June 2018 private region restructure. The reducing of the price of land has definitely helped and the overall responses have been positive.

6. New Premium Subscription Options

There may a project that can start to be rolled out before the end of 2018. The main goals is to offer greater value to users and motivate more users to sign up to Premium levels.

7. Linux Viewer

There is a project that will try to produce a 64-bit .DEB version of the Linux viewer. This is not a priority for the viewer development stage at this time. The lab finds this a difficult issue and Linux represents a small percentage of Second Life users.

8. Second Life Economic Metrics

Apparently some metrics have been restored but not all metrics will restored. Not all of the economic data is suitable for public consumption as the lab is a business in competition with others.

9. Apple Metal Framwork (OpenGL Support)

The lab are in discussions over what steps to take next. As it stands there no plans to drop mac support as a result of Apple’s decision.

10. Re-Introducing 24 Hours Support For Non-US users

There are no plans to bring it back on the basis of the cost, covering time zones and languages etc.

Other updates worth mentioning

  • New games and experiences are coming very soon
  • Marketplace improvements are starting to show up and more on the way soon
  • The new land auctions process has been deployed and the Mainland land auctions are still yet to come
  • Grid-wide experiences may not be deployed before the end of 2018
  • The lab have done a number of tests for the new themed learning islands

I would love to know what you found most interesting during the town hall event ?.

Feel free to comment below.