Category Archives: SL News Alert

Grumpity, Oz, and Patch Linden Hosting Town Hall Meeting On 15th November 2018


On Friday 19th October Linden Lab announced that Grumpity Linden, Oz Linden and Patch Linden will be participating in the next Town Hall meeting starting at 10am through until 11am SLT on Thursday 15th November 2018 in Second Life.

The actual location of the Town Hall meeting will be announced very soon. If you have any questions, you can submit them here.

Here is the full announcement…

There are a lot of people working behind the scenes on Second Life, creating new features, improving performance, keeping things running smoothly, and performing incredible feats of troubleshooting and resolving issues when it doesn’t. 

That is why we have invited Grumpity Linden (Director of Product), Oz Linden ( Senior Director or Engineering) and Patch Linden ( Senior Director or Product Operations) to participate in our next Town Hall – taking place November 15th from 10 to 11 am SLT.

Collectively, these three have over 28 (!) years of experience working on Second Life and work closely with all the Second Life teams to continue to improve this platform that we’ve all come to love.

They are some of the biggest stakeholders in the direction of the product development roadmap each year, and know the product inside and out!

If you have a question that you would like to ask these Lindens, please take a moment to post it in the Community Forum thread “Town Hall Meeting with Grumpity, Oz, and Patch Linden – November 15” in advance of the Town Hall. Questions will be selected from all submissions made prior to November 9th, so be sure to get your question in before then!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for November 15 to see if your question is selected. On that day, you can join us live for the Town Hall meeting. Location will be publicized closer to the event – stay tuned!

We’ll see you inworld soon!

Please spread the word about this Town Hall meeting happening next month.

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Google+ Shutting Down Within The Next 10 Months – Big Loss For Second Life & OpenSim Users


The end of Google+ within the next 10 months

Google has officially announced that the social media platform Google+ will be shutting down over the next ten months for consumers after the recent security flaw that has exposed users private details. Apparently up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. Google says Google+ currently has “low usage and engagement” and that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds.

Huge impact on Second Life and OpenSim Google+ communities 

This is sad news for all Second Life and OpenSim users that have been running active communities on Google+. This is very disappointing news especially for the active OpenSim Virtual community that has over 2, 000 members because it was a great resource to find out whats going on.

Anyone that uses Google+ will have to move else where within the next 10 months like onto Facebook, Reddit, PlusporaDiscord or Mastodon etc. Whatever happens the communities will come back stronger and bigger after the closure.

Where are you going to move to ? 

Opensim Virtual Google+ page

RIP Google+ 

June 2011 to 2019 

Linden Lab Blocks Android Viewer “IM to Secondlife”


IM to Secondlife blocked

Oz Linden has announced on the Second Life official blog that the third-party Android viewer “IM to Secondlife” has been blocked from accessing Second Life. Apparently the block was due to serious violations of the policy on the Third Party viewers page.

The third-party Android viewer “IM to Secondlife” was released back in September 2015 and since then has been downloaded more than 10, 000 times on the Google Play Store. The reviews have been mostly mixed and negative recently. It’s rated 3 and half stars out of 5 stars.  

Here is the full blog post by Oz Linden… 

Linden Lab has blocked the third party Android client “IM to Secondlife”; it may no longer be used to access Second Life. We did so due to serious violations of the Policy on Third Party Viewersrelating to user account security and user privacy.

If you have ever used that viewer, Linden Lab strongly suggests that you secure your Second Life account, beginning with updating your password on the Second Life account page:

https://accounts.secondlife.com/change_password/

We may need to temporarily hold some accounts in connection with this incident. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date and verify your email address:https://accounts.secondlife.com/change_email/

As a reminder, although you may connect to Second Life using software released by a third-party developer,  as explained in our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions, you do so at your own risk. Linden Lab provides a Policy on Third-Party Viewers to promote a positive and predictable experience for all Second Life Residents. Extra caution must be taken with third-party viewers that are not in the Viewer Directory: they have either declined to self-certify their compliance with Linden Lab policies or have been refused for noncompliance with the policies.

-Oz Linden

It’s good to see Linden Lab taking some serious action to protect the security of the Second Life community.

Press Release: Team Diabetes Of Second Life Returns For Fourth Season


Great news to share is that Team Diabetes of Second Life will be returning for a fourth season in Second Life starting from 1st November 2018 through until 31st December 2018. It’s going to be another amazing season helping to raise awareness for diabetes in Second Life.

For the full details, see the press release below.

TEAM DIABETES OF SL TO RETURN FOR A FOURTH SEASON

DATE: SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

WEBSITE: www.teamdiabetessl.org

SLURL:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plush%20Non%20Profit%20Commons/221/30/26

We are pleased to announce the fourth season of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life. According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

The official Team Diabetes of Second Life’s season will take place from October 2018 to December 2018, with the following events scheduled to take place:

Off Season Event – October 19 to October 27 – Scare Me Silly Event & Autumn Art Show
November 1, 2018- Team Diabetes of Second Life’s Season Begins
November 1 to 30 – The Red Hunt
November 1 to 30 – National Diabetes Month
November 3, 2018- The Red Ball
November 14, 2018-World Diabetes Day
November 30 to December 9 – Winter Showcase & Winter Art Show
December 31, 2018 – Team Diabetes of Second Life’s Season Ends

In addition to the events mentioned above, individuals, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to hold fundraising events in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life!  The official 2017 fundraising season toolkit will be available to the second life public on October 1, 2018, at the organization’s office in the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.

About The American Diabetes Association:

The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).

For More Information:
Team Diabetes of Second Life’s American Diabetes Association Page:
http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?px=11304578&fr_id=12466&pg=personal

Team Diabetes of Second Life’s Website:
www.teamdiabetessl.org

American Diabetes Association Page:

www.diabetes.org

International Diabetes Federation Page:
http://www.idf.org/membership/meet-our-members