Source: New Classic Avatars released by Linden Lab, by Daniel Voyager
You have to say, as does Daniel, that these new default avatars look a whole lot classier than what I entered Second Life with in October 2007. It almost makes me want to start up a new “walking” alt and see what folks have to say. To demonstrate:
Oh, you want to see more? Turn the page!
Thanks much to Daniel Voyager for this news. Linden Lab will be rolling out some delicious changes to Second Life in the upcoming months. Not all of them may be useful to everybody, but everyone should find something in this batch to like. Read the article, and salivate!!
Check Out the Latest Improvements to Second Life.
Daniel Voyager reports that Linden Lab is changing the code for groups this week. According to the official announcement:
Beginning tomorrow, Linden Labs will be rolling out some changes across the grid in the code for groups that will affect ALL viewers being used in SL right now – including the SL viewers. The rollout should be completed by Friday.
What it means is that you will be unable to access the member lists in any group with 10,000 or more in the group. You will still be able to get group chat. You will be able to send group notices and invite people to join the group if your group role allows it. You will be unable to assign a role and you will be unable to eject anyone from the group since you will not have access to that particular individual’s name. If you are a moderator in the group, you will be unable to exercise any mod abilities such as taking away chat privileges for the same reason.
The SL viewer should be updated soon. Firestorm will be updated but the timeline is unsure at this point (hopefully this weekend but that’s not a sure thing yet).
We have no information about any of the other viewers at this time.
As I’m reading Daniel, the loss of powers should be a temporary thing, until the viewers themselves are updated to handle the new code. Daniel says, “The new code changes will fix groups using HTTP which makes it more reliable for loading and editing for 10k+ members in SL groups. This is a switch-over from the old UDP which is not that great for handling large groups with 10k+ members. Its slow loading and harder to edit things with additional issues within groups.”
Linden Lab announced yesterday that Premium members would begin receiving a few new benefits, effective immediately, with more to come in the future. (The original announcement can be read at the Big Blog.)
First, Premium members would get the chance to claim exclusive virtual goods from vendors set up for the purpose. The first package available is this set of furniture, and a very classy set it is. The designer, Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft, has produced a package that looks right at home on a deck or open-air room in Key West. You can imagine yourself sitting back with your loved one and a tall cool drink, applauding the sun as it sets.
The other new benefit, and a far more important one, according to some of the comments I’ve seen on the original article: Premium members will now receive four exclusive sandbox islands for them to work on projects in peace. (At least as long as there are no Premium-level griefers about. I would hope that people paying for a better class of membership would have more sense than to get into that kind of stupidity.) I don’t usually need a sandbox for the few things I build, except for when I remodel my skybox Secret (Public) Photo Studio; however, at the times that I do need extra space, this would be handy.
I have been tempted in the past to go for a Premium membership, but other considerations in RL have held me back. It will probably still hold me back now, sadly; however, I think it’s getting more tempting.