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 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
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.
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.
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.
This is a special early post looking back at the first six months of 2013 in Second Life on what happened between January 2013 to June 2013 including Linden Lab announcements, popular SL news stories and big events that shaped 2013. All links below are from my blog posts during the first six months of 2013 and I’ll be publishing the final six months of 2013 post before the end of December 2013. Stay tuned for that. 🙂
I can’t believe it’s nearly christmas and 2014 already!