Showing posts with label Ebbe Altberg. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ebbe Altberg. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

15 New Reasons to Celebrate 15 Years



Some exciting news out of the lab today,  as CEO Ebbe Linden, blogged 15 news items to help us all celebrate 15 years of Second Life.

It is truly gratifying to see such a level of continual reinvestment in the Second Life platform, with new ideas, performance improvements and pricing restructure,  to keep up with the times, and the evolving virtual world.


The full story can be viewed on the Second Life blog here

Ebbe Linden writes:


  1. Lower Mainland costs - Did you hear the news? We’ve reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent. This change is part of our continued commitment to move toward a healthier economy, with more balance between costs and fees associated with land ownership, Premium subscriptions, commissions and transaction fees. For more information and context on this and other pricing changes, see the section “Updates to Mainland Costs & Other Pricing Changes” below.
  2. Double Mainland tier - We also recently announced that Premium members 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!
  3. More Value for Premium Members - In the coming months, we’ll be announcing new features for Premium subscribers — including brand-new advantages that will add more value for Merchants, Creators and Landowners. There’s never been a better time to upgrade to Premium!  
  4. Environment Enhancements (code name: EEP!) - Soon you’ll see a series of new customizations in the environment rendering system (also known as Windlight). Creators will have more control over the sky, water, lighting and atmosphere. You'll be able to adjust the number of real-world hours in the Second Life "day" to match that of a real world location; the cycle can be as short as the 4 hours it is now - or up to 7 real world days long. These changes will give more value, flexibility and marketability to land. Environment settings will also become tradable assets, so that they can be bought and sold in the Marketplace, creating another avenue for residents to profit from their creativity.
  5. More exclusive games and experiences - Last week, we unveiled“Linden Realms: The Wrath of Ruth” — a fiery update to a familiar classic that awards skilled players with unique prizes. There are more exclusive experiences on the way, including something special for our 15th anniversary celebration this summer.
  6. Themed Learning Islands - Getting connected to people who share your interests will be easier than ever with “Themed Learning Islands.” Soon newcomers may start their adventures in one of several themed areas, so their first experience in SL will be among Residents who share similar interests. This new initiative is in addition to our existingCommunity Gateway program which empowers independent communities to develop their own newcomer-friendly experiences.
  7. The return of Last Names - You’ve asked for it (a lot!), so we will provide a way to customize your last name in Second Life! More details will be available later this year.
  8. Gridwide Experiences - Currently, Creators can use the increased scripting capabilities of an Experience only in a region or parcel whose owner has explicitly enabled their Experience. One of the new Premium abilities will be an Experience that is enabled anywhere on the grid unless the landowner has blocked it.
  9. Auctions - We are updating our system for conducting Land Auctions. The new auction system will be integrated with Place Pages, providing much richer possibilities for describing the land for sale. Most importantly,Residents will be able to create an Auction to sell their land.
  10. Linden Homes improvements - We're bringing newer and better Linden Home designs this year.
  11. Marketplace updates - We've got a number of improvements to Marketplace in the works, too! We’re integrating many long-requested features that will help to reduce clutter and improve the functionality of listings as the Marketplace gets a facelift later this year.
  12. Improved performance -  We're working on a number of improvements to performance, from faster rendering in the viewer to reduce client lag, to changes in the simulator designed to allow more objects, scripts, and avatars.
  13. Animesh - Last year, we introduced Animesh in beta available to all Creator participants. This year, with diligent and invaluable input from the community, we plan to roll out this exciting new feature for everyone!
  14. Bakes on Mesh - Extends the Viewer and the Avatar Baking Service to allow wearable textures (such as skins, clothing and tattoos) to be applied directly onto mesh body parts as they are on system avatars. To do this, you'll 'wear' the textures as you would for the system avatar, and then edit the mesh body part to indicate the body part that should be used on each of the mesh faces; the corresponding system body part is then automatically hidden for you. This project also increases the supported resolution of wearable textures by 4 times (from 512 pixels square to 1024 pixels square).
  15. Migration to the Cloud - Finally, a huge effort is underway to move our Second Life infrastructure to the cloud. This update aims to enhance the quality and performance of Second Life for all Residents, but it will be of particular value for those who are far across the world from us. We look forward to exploring new products and more flexible pricing possibilities once this migration is complete.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ebbe and Flow



I do think that Alt Berg would have been a much better name than Ebbe Linden.  However Ebbe Altberg, the latest pontiff of Linden Lab, sure is making an early mark on his territory and pissing on lots of lamp posts from the get-go.

Ebbe, not 'umble pie
We wrote to Ebbe a couple of weeks back explaining the insane Jira system, where all of us can report a bug but never ever be able to see if it was going to be fixed as all Jira's had become a secret under the lead of Rod Humble.

Turning around just about everything his predecessor Rod Humble did, which wasn't actually very much, except some rather odd Tetris style games marketed under the labs name and turning off the transparency of the Jira,  our latest saviour Ebbe is already gaining some popularity in the world.  The Jira will be visible to everyone once again next week.   Good on you Ebbe.

It is true that a lot of land barons are snapping up regions in large batches at vastly higher values than the usual quick sale price.  This raises speculation that there is a new price-break to be announced. Perhaps 300 regions costs the same as 200 in old money.  Maybe LL is raising some cash to spend on things.  Some advertising would be nice.

If Ebbe decides to lower tiers on us mortals, said barons could have more than a little egg on their faces after such a hefty land rush without any particular public pledges being made as to the way this ship will ultimately be steered.   That said, if tiers did fall, Land Barons would have a lot more regions to sell for profit.

Definitely some interesting times ahead and those with an extreme level of investment in Second Life are showing a vote of confidence in our new leader.  

We have also suggested to Ebbe, that since we are all in this together, that the economy metrics became transparent again, so that we can all see just how much growth there is, or how much trouble we are all collectively in.   If Ebbe was to turn on the metrics again, that really would prove that he thinks he has a sound battle plan to bring the grid back in to prosperity and some of us may trust his vision enough to grow our estates.

Good luck to you Ebbe, we're all counting on you.


cc: Ebbe Linden

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