Old Linden Homes Continents “Will Mostly Go Away”


It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the plans for the old Linden Home continents but according to Patch Linden via SSP? thread on the Second Life Forums on Wednesday 4th May 2022 the plan still stands where the old Linden Homes will “mostly go away”. Patch hopes to save some of them for historical purposes and hopes to keep areas online for those that may still want one.

Patch mentions there will be “some level of disruption that is unavoidable”. Patch gives an example saying “part of what will need to happen is the web based control system for the homes will be have to be removed and replaced with the similar/same control system we use in world today on the new homes”.  

There is no specific time when this will happen but I would imagine it will happen when the Linden Themes have been rolled out completely for the Bellisseria continent. This could be sometime in 2024-2025 or much earlier than that. I hope the lab will give advance warning to all those that still live on the old Linden Home continents when the closures/moves happen.

Patch Linden new update on the old Linden Home continents going forward.


Your memory is accurate.  The plan still stands that the old Linden Homes continents will mostly go away.  Being the preservationist that I am, I do intend to save some of them for historical purposes and to cater to those who may still want one.  We haven’t quite worked out how that will go yet, but I predict that there will be some level of disruption that is unavoidable.  For example, part of what will need to happen is the web based control system for the homes will be have to be removed and replaced with the similar/same control system we use in world today on the new homes.  

The old Linden Home continents locations can be seen below on the world map in Second Life.

Old Linden Home continents

Hopefully the lab will update everyone on a regular basis on the old Linden home continents when the plans get put into effect. I will blog about any developments when I hear more.

Should the old Linden Home continents go or remain on the grid ?

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Sakura Is The Next Linden Home Theme


First Preview of Sakura – Demo regions

On Friday 15th April 2022 Patch Linden officially announced that the next Linden Home theme is Sakura which is a modern take on the Japanese revamp of the old Linden Homes Asian style.

There is beautiful landscaping, cannels, tall bamboo forests and it has it’s own road network to explore. This new theme comes with 512sqm and 1024sqm parcels and comes with it’s own unique features (regular/open floorplans etc).

Patch Linden Speech at Bellisseria 3rd Anniversary Celebration 2022

There are four preview regions located here (SSPSD1, SSPD2, SSPD3 and SSPD4) which is actually near the SSP development area where the Moles/Lindens work on upcoming Linden Home themes. Yay! 🙂

Many have been waiting for years for the lab to refresh the old Asian Linden Home theme and I would imagine the release will be sometime over the summer. This looks to be a huge improvement for sure.

There are active rez zones around the demo regions and there are 16 home styles that have been found so far. Every region has public rezzing zones with 100 limits and Sakura will not have seasonal changes like with the Fantasy sub continent.

  • Ajisal
  • Haibisukasu
  • Himawari
  • Kinmokusei – (512)
  • Kosumosu – (512)
  • Kuchinashi
  • Rabenda
  • Sumiere
  • Tenjikubotan – (512)
  • Tsubaki – (512)
  • And more!

The feedback for this new theme seems very positive so far with many saying that the layout is excellent, it’s a wonderful concept, the regions are lovely and there is more.

Check out the Linden Home section via the Second Life Forums for the latest discussions and latest snapshots of the new theme.

The Old Linden Homes Will Be Phased Out


Tempo

On 8th December 2021 Patch Linden confirmed that the old Linden homes will be phased out and/or repurposed. Patch Linden at the moment does not know the timing on when that will be.

There will be a balance point in the near future on the new available new Linden Homes vs the old Linden homes. Having enough supply to meet the demand of shutting down the old homes is the main goal of this. Patch says that some of the various landmarks and community centres will be preserved.

The old homes will be phased out and/or repurposed.  I’ve never hidden this fact, what I don’t know yet is timing.  There is a balance I have to strike on available new Linden Homes vs the old and having enough supply to meet the demand of shutting down the old homes (also, blend of available themes to choose from).  I have also contemplated keeping some of the old because it tickles my historian bones, some of the various community center or landmark places with the old homes will be preserved.  Largely though, those regions will be shut down when the time is optimal. 

I think personally the shutting down of the old Linden homes most likely will happen once all of the new Linden home themes have been released. I think by the end of 2023 is my prediction at the moment.

Nagiko
Fern
Mistwater

When do you think is the right time for the old Linden homes to be shut down ?

Stilts Most Popular Choice for Linden Home Themes In 2021


On 5th May I opened a new poll called Which Linden Home Theme Is Your Favourite In 2021? and the final results are in. The most popular choice was Stilts with 53 votes (42.06%) followed by Chalets with 19 votes (15.08%) in second place with Victorian getting just 14 votes (11.11%). I guess this is a quick snapshot of what’s popular right now.

Last year the most popular choice for Linden Home themes was Log Cabins followed by Houseboats in second place then Trailers/Campers in third place. This year Log Cabins, Houseboats and Trailers/Campers have had less of the votes share.

The old Linden Home themes did not do very well at all this year with just one or two votes between them. Last year they came bottom of the poll options. I think Linden Lab needs to either improve the old Linden Home themes, merge the regions together with the new Linden Homes or pull the plug on them.

2021 Poll Results

2020 Poll Results

I will create another poll like this next year to see what’s popular for Linden Home themes.

Patch Linden Talks About Linden Homes At RFL Home & Garden Expo 2021


Patch Linden talks with Saffia

On Wednesday 10th March Patch Linden VP of Product Operations talked with Saffia Widdershins at this year’s RFL Home & Garden Expo 2021 about Linden Homes and much more. The special talk session duration lasts for 1 hour / 22 minutes / 40 seconds and you can watch the full video above for the latest updates.

Patch Linden talked about his work at the lab including testing on the user experience flows (news later this year), Linden Homes (three new themes being worked on), the old Linden Homes and much more. It’s a really interesting interview with some sneak hints on whats coming next from Patch. There was mention about the process and issues on Second Life moving into the cloud.

For those that don’t know the Bellisseria continent is almost connected with the south west part of the Satori continent which is a huge development for Second Life. I can’t wait for the day when its officially connected so everyone can travel between the two continents. See my previous blog post for the latest map developments. This latest batch of new regions will increase the overall main grid region (Linden owned) count later this week.

Linden Homes Newer Updates

  • The next Linden Home theme after Chalets will be previewed at SL18B and most likely be released once the birthday is over. This new theme will blow your socks off and will have unique capabilities according to Patch
  • Chalet homes probably be released in a couple of weeks time (on map the lab have almost connected the continents)
  • Patch’s goal is to have all of the Linden Home themes released by the end of the year (if everything goes smoothly)
  • Passport system will be launching soon for Bellisseria (passport stamping kiosks with custom stamps like get your passport and discover (driver license etc)

Moving To The Cloud

  • Philip Rosedale last worked on the maps system / fix still being worked on since the uplift last year
  • Fixes are going to take time for the various Second Life issues
  • Web search has been a challenge / constant battle with the technology
  • Group chats deploy fix coming soon / most teleporting issues have been solved
  • The lab has a health dashboard to see the latest stats for teleportation (if above 95% = success rate), region crossings and more
  • Report issues via the Second Life Jira

Coronavirus

  • 2020 Relay For Life & Fantasy Faire raised alot last year according to Saffia
  • Premium Plus was not the right time to launch last year
  • Having a platform like Second Life the lab cannot be ignored
  • The lab uses Zoom internally etc for video chat meetings

Around the hour mark the session went from normal chat discussion to Q&As.

  • Demo region for Chalets is down
  • Second Life could integrate Philip Rosedale latest project with spatial audio
  • Make Second Life a web based application – the lab are looking at something according to Patch
  • No word on when the Second Life Mobile app is coming
  • VR maybe further down the road for Second Life
  • Extra styles for traditional homes on the roadmap
  • Premium Plus (larger parcels and homes) / land impacts / land impact bonus possible – no idea on when yet
  • Tier land cost increases – not on the roadmap
  • Check/organize Inventory on the Second Life website – it’s possible and a sizeable project to do

Thanks to the Lindens and the Moles for making Second Life better. Yay! 🙂

New Snapshots Of The Old Linden Home Continents


Old Linden Homes land selection page

The old Linden Homes are still worth exploring as there is so much to discover across the continents. These old Linden Homes are still available on the land selection page if you wanted a home in Second Life while the Bellisseria continent is being built.

There are many beautiful areas to live across the old Linden Homes continents from parks, water areas, sandboxes, infohubs, themed areas, underwater areas and much more. Yes, there is alot of empty homes. The lab could make them cheaper or even free so folks can move into them.

It would be lovely if all the old Linden Home continents could merge together and put next to the Bellisseria continent. There would be plenty of choice in terms of themed homes, areas to visit, events and more. One super-massive Linden homes continent on the grid instead of it being spread out all over the place. There is space to do this with some adjustments. 

Just think of the all of the roadways, bridges, docks, water regions/oceans, airports, railways that could all be connected up. 

I hope Linden Lab don’t shut these old Linden Homes down next year or the year after. There are hundreds of nice regions which would deeply impact the overall total amount of main grid regions if it faced closure. The Second Life economy health is at risk here. 

There is huge opportunity here both new Linden Homes and old Linden Homes in the long term. 

Meadowbrook Infohub

Enjoy clean, simple living in one of these California Modern style homes.

Tempo

Tahoe Infohub

Escape to one of several rustic cabin retreats. Perfect for camping or an outdoorsy getaway.

Mistwater

Elderglen Infohub

Venture forth and behold several fantasy-themed dwellings designed to bring out the adventurer in you.

Fern

Shareta Osumai Infohub

Surround yourself with peace, serenity and good fortune in one of several traditional Japanese-style homes.

Nagiko

Nice little areas around the old Linden Homes.

Underwater area at Hiwa

Kabu Bridge

Tahoe Eagle

Katsuo Dock

Poll: Should Linden Lab keep the old Linden homes on the grid ?