According to the latest weekly report published on Sunday 15th September the year to date for net Private Estate growth now stands at 88 regions which equals 0.5% growth since the start of 2019. This is great news to report on for once because in previous years the grid had been declining for some time.
There has been more interest in Private Estates this year than in previous years and that’s always a good thing. I think this has to do something with the reduced land prices in Second Life that the lab rolled out earlier in the year. It’s definitely helped from looking at the grid numbers below. Hopefully Private Estates will continue to show more net growth in the last three months of 2019.
The total area of Second Life is now 1594.56 (KM).
Stats as of 15th September:
Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 331
Private Estates: 16, 208
Linden Owned: 8, 123
Back in June 2019 I reported that most of the growth came from Linden Owned regions for the new Bellisseria continent which opened back in mid April 2019. More new regions are expected to arrive in the weeks and months ahead to complete the new Bellisseria continent. Probably around 50 – 100+ Linden Owned regions before the end of the year. If the lab shuts down the older Linden Home continents and the SSP continent it will effect the grid stats deeply. A big shock to say the least.
Stats back on 2nd June 2019:
Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
Private Estates: 16, 130
Linden Owned: 8, 017
It will be great to see it go from 0.5% to 1% positive growth before the end of this year. For now it’s good to say the Second Life economy is healthy and it’s recovering at long last.
For anyone that missed yesterday’s Epsiode 2 of Lab Gab here is the full video which runs for 43 minutes and 49 seconds. Reed Linden was the special guest this time along with the two hosts Xiola Linden and Strawberry Linden.
Here are some of the main highlights…
SL Profiles will be returning to a dedicated floater. Profile feeds will become part of this floater with its own tab
Search is being strengthened. The Destination Guide / Events will be improved
SL Marketplace will be optimised for mobile use
Purchase notifications: store owners will receive a viewer notification of purchases made through their stores
The ability for Merchants to offer refunds through the Marketplace is being looked at
There are no plans for having Second Life on a console
Tier has been reduced this year already
The lab are thinking about having a larger prim allowance
More Linden Home releases are coming soon
Big demand still for them
Last Names is still being worked on. It’s a complex issue to resolve
The Moles are working hard over at the SSP continent creating the next big batch which could launch sometime later this month on the Bellisseria continent. The new trailers and campers will be nearby new small lakes/waterways. The landscape will be very nice to live in I think. Good luck to all those wanting a home there.
This week work started in SSP280 with new trailers/campers being built. It looks like the Moles are working down south. It’s believed the Moles have built a new train station in SSP264 where trains will running regularly hopefully.
It’s unclear if the trains will be automatic around the track ? or will everyone be allowed to rez their own trains ? like in other continents in Second Life. It could be a light rail tram system which would be quieter. Any new train system in Second Life is most exciting to say the least.
A train journey around the trailers/campers area could possibly be very exciting indeed. It’s going to great to see these regions when they get moved over in the weeks ahead. I’ll blog more when new developments occur. I do post updates on my Twitter account (see right).
Pickle Island Progress Update – 7th September 2019
Work is still on-going over at the new Pickle island where new Linden homes and houseboats are being built. New residents have already moved in on the north side and in the weeks ahead more residents will slowly move into the new neighbourhood.
The new water lakes are very nice indeed. It’s worth checking these areas out if you love relaxing in Second Life. In the north west a new underwater area has been built where there is so much to discover. Best to put on a diving suit or something water protected.
Sad news to report today is that Linden Lab will be closing down the LEA regions in Second Life on Sunday 1st September 2019 after no agreement was reached to save them. It’s going to be big loss going forward for arts in Second Life.
The news was sent out today to the LEA groups inworld on Friday 30th August. I personally hope Linden Lab will start a new program in the near future with a new vision going forward.
A final farewell message from the LEA Committee – 30th August 2019
Linden Endowment for the Arts in its current form comes to an end on August 31st and the remaining sims will be taken offline by Linden Labs on September 1st.
We would like to thank all those who came to support this program and the many artists who took part in it as Artists in Residence, Core grant holders or as collaborators with others in the many projects hosted on the LEA regions or took advantage of the Sandbox . The creativity demonstrated by the artists of Second Life at LEA was truly extraordinary and made the program a huge success from its inception in 2011.
We hope that Linden Labs will institute a new program to support the Arts in Second Life in the near future.
Thank you everyone
The LEA Committee PatriciaAnne Daviau, Joan Bree Balogh, Lapiscean Liberty , Jayjay Zifanwe, Corcosman Voom, TheDove Rhode