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Second Life Last Names Returning Late 2018


This week Linden Lab announced fifteen reasons to celebrate Second Life 15th birthday which takes place in mid June 2018. On the list there was mention about the return of last names which is expected to go live in late 2018. Before then there are many things that have to be fixed on the back-end before last names can return again.

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  • Apparently the plan is to allow people to change their first and last name whenever they want to. Users will be able to select their last name from a pre-set list of available names like the old system before
  • Unicode will not be supported when entering a first name
  • Once a name is used it cannot ever be reused again
  • The first and last name will not replace Display Names
  • The pre-set list with last names will regularly be changed to keep the fresh and the lab are thinking about last name suggestions from the Second Life community later this year.
  • There will be a cost to change your name if you wish to do that. The fee costs have not been confirmed yet

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OpenSim Total Land Area Still Increasing – March 2018 Update


Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

According to Hypergrid Business latest report for March 2018 it looks like OpenSim total land area is still increasing month on month. Apparently OpenSim land area gained a total of 3, 400 standard region equivalents this month. The number of active users increased by 1, 300 this month.

The biggest grid on OpenSim at the moment is the OSgrid with a total of 20, 203 standard region equivalents. Kitely comes in 2nd place with a total of 17, 372 regions followed by Atek Grid with just 7, 011 regions. The grids with the most active users at the moment: OSgrid with 4, 183 users followed by Metropolis with 3, 473 users and GreekLife with 2, 313 users.

For some reason InWorldz have not reported their stats for this month or last month.

Recently Kitely reached a new milestone of 100, 000 registered users with significant growth over the past year. The Kitely Market now has “11,566 product listings in Kitely Market containing 22,261 product variations, of which 17,218 are exportable. Kitely Market has delivered items to 257 OpenSim grids to date”.

Exportable products on Kitely continue to increase. (Kitely Market Data.)

Second Life Total Land Area – As of 18th March 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 298
  • Private Estates: 16, 058
  • Linden Owned: 7, 240

Linden Lab reduces Mainland costs by over 10 percent & doubles Mainland allotment for Premium members


Breaking News

Today Linden Lab announced some exciting news on the official Second Life blog as they have reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent effective immediately. Premium members will now get DOUBLE the Mainland allotment from 512 sq metres to 1024 sq metres for free.

As of March 14, 2018, pricing for each mainland tier allotment has been reduced by 10%. Additionally, Premium subscribers now receive 1024m² of bonus land allotment, doubled from the previous 512m².

The full blog post reads this…

We’ve got some exciting news for both aspiring and existing Landowners who think the cost of land is too darn high in Second Life. Effective immediately, we’ve reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent. 

But, wait…there’s more!

Premium membersnow also get DOUBLE the Mainland allotment! That’s twice as much space to build, create and design your own home, business or experience in Second Life at no extra charge! Premium subscribers now have 1,024m² included with their membership: you could keep your Linden Home and still have another 512m² left over, or use your entire 1024 allotment towards a parcel on the Mainland.  To learn more about specifics of this change, view our Pricing and Allotment Comparison chart.

We know that costs associated with land ownership can hinder some people from realising their full creative vision in Second Life or even keep them from participating in Second Life as much as they’d like. In 2015, we decreased land setup fees by up to 40% and restored a 50% discount on set-up fees and ongoing maintenance fees for educators and nonprofits. In 2016, we offered a limited-time “buy-down” opportunity that rolled back maintenance fees on full islands and homesteads.

As Second Life begins to celebrate its fifteenth birthday, we hope that this latest price drop will be welcome news to those who aspire to explore their creativity in 2018 and beyond.

To learn more about Premium benefits, visit our Premium page.

Here are the Premium Member Benefits if you upgrade today from basic.

Premium Member Benefits

Premium Membership

What do you think about the new reduced prices from the lab ?

Bay City 10th Anniversary Press Release


First Mole Project Hits the Decade Mark.

BAY CITY, SL (6 March, 2018) – 

Bay City, the first project undertaken by the Moles of the Linden Department of Public Works, turns ten years old this May, and in honor of this achievement, residents of Bay City will once again host an annual parade through the city, followed by a live music event in the Bay City fairgrounds.

Bay City opened in May of 2008 to initial viewing, with parcels being auctions throughout the city soon after. In 2011, it’s land mass doubled, as it absorbed the copy of Bay City that existed on the former Teen Grid. It has developed into the largest community-focused virtual urban area in Second Life.

Parade participants are asked to gather at noon SLT/PDT on Sunday, the 21st of May, to lineup at the band shell in Bay City – Harwich. The parade will wend its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, and will conclude at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region. 

A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Fairgrounds with DJ GoSpeed Rasere of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event until 1:30 p.m.SLT/PDT , followed by Parker Static from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, Erika Ordinary from 2:30-3:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, and Stratus Mactavish from 3:30-4:30 p.m. SLT/PDT.

All Residents of the Second Life grid are welcomed to participate. Celebration goods, including parade float bases and ideas, are available at the Bay City Community Center, in the Daley Bay region for those who wish to be a part of the parade. Ample viewing areas are provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend — not only Residents of Bay City

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life® and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann