Category Archives: TPVs

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.

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Latif Khalifa has passed away – Developer of the Radegast Metaverse Client, Singularity Viewer and Replex Viewer


Breaking News

Latif Khalifa R.I.P 1970 – 2016

Sad news to report that Latif Khalifa who is known in Second Life has passed away after losing his battle against a long term illness according to various sources. Latif Khalifa passed away at the age of 46 years old and he will be missed deeply by the Second Life community and OpenSim community.

Latif Khalifa was the owner/developer of the well known Radegast Metaverse Client and he was top developer for the Singularity Viewer until 2014. Latif then worked on the Replex Viewer but was cut short due to his health.

Latif Khalifa was talented, very helpful and he was a big contributor to Second Life/OpenSim.  Apparently Kristina Deschanel his partner wrote this on his profile in Second Life..

Latif Khalifa R.I.P—1970. – 2016.

Forever in our thoughts and hearts… The sky has got another star, that’s going to light up with the rest of the universe. Rest in peace  my Love

Latif Khalifa

Dahlia Trimble on Google+ wrote this…

I’m very sad to hear that we lost Latif Kalifa

Latif was a good friend and collaborator. He was very helpful when I was implementing mesh physics, materials support, and particle system enhancements in OpenSimulator and also contributed many other fixes and enhancements He was the primary maintainer for libopenmetaverse for the last several years. He was the primary developer of the Radegast viewer which, among other features, had many features for the visually impaired. He was also a major contributor to PHP. His passing is a huge loss to me and I’m sure it is for the field of virtual worlds as well.

My deep condolences go to his family and friends.

Inside the Firestorm team interview


On 2nd June 2014 the Firestorm team Jessica Lyon, Ed and Lette were interviewed by Designing Worlds where they discussed the background, the history of the project, how the team operates internally, how they recruit, provide support and much more. The interview lasts for 1 hour, 14 minutes and 29 seconds full of the latest insights from the creators of popular third-party Firestorm viewer.

For the latest news and meetings Q&As, please visit the Firestorm Viewer homepage

CasperTech takes over the METAbolt project


Version: 0.9.69.0 (BETA)

Version: 0.9.69.0 (BETA)

CasperTech recently announced on the official Metabolt homepage that they will be taking over and maintaining the METAbolt text client for Second Life and OpenSim users. This is very good news to hear this and that the project is once again active for the long-term.

In the coming weeks there will be brand new website and a new release of METAbolt soon. New developments are now in the pipeline and it’s going to be interesting to see where it goes next I think.

Same Viewer. New Opportunities

It was recently announced that the METAbolt project was being discontinued. We are very happy to announce that this has not happened, and instead CasperTech have stepped in to curate and maintain the project.

CasperTech is a leading provider of solutions for content creators within Second Life. We believe that METAbolt will benefit from our strong legacy and foundations.

It is not our intention to commercialise the project, and we will maintain it in the same spirit of open source community collaboration. We do intend, however, to rejuvenate the METAbolt community with active development, support and new innovation. We are very excited by this opportunity, and we hope you are, too!

Please bear with us while we complete the transitional period – we’re working on a new website and will be making our first release of METAbolt soon.

– Casper Warden, CasperTech Ltd.

Download Metabolt Here