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  1. Good day, all! Just jumping in to respond to a few of the comments... A few folks are speculating that this is the end of SL and nothing could be further from the truth. Any talk of dismantling or radically changing the fundamentals of SL that we know and love is inaccurate. While we can't get into specific details about the deal itself, I want to emphasize the fact that this keeps Linden Lab as an independent venture led by two investors who have a great deal of awareness about what SL is and isn't. They are excited to join and help us grow both SL and Tilia while also respecting an
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  2. Honestly, as much as I love Linden Lab and Second Life, I see this as a horrible, horrible thing, and personally feel that the "This is good news!" from LL is PR to keep residents happy in the meantime (I wouldn't blame them). Excuse me for being very super skeptical about this, but almost every acquisition I have seen as turned out horrible, and it boils down to the following: They don't know anything about the community and end up royally messing it up. They will find a way to severely upset the community by introducing all sorts of things the community didn't ask for and do
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  3. Investment groups are typically parasites that contribute very little while sucking companies dry. I at least will be more careful about spending money on SL until these ones prove they aren't.
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  4. In all seriousness -- this really really is a good thing. We’re excited for the opportunities it presents and we’re rock solid sure of the bright future of SL. And with that… NFC
    21 points
  5. I've worked for several companies that got taken over by investment companies. What happens next falls into two categories depending on the path that the investment company follows. 1: Things run smoothly for a year or so, then the investment company starts asset stripping piece by piece. Not all at once (usually) but small pieces of the pie are stripped out and moved on to other companies they own. Before anyone knows it, whats left is an empty shell, the user base then collectively leaves, and that empty shell is closed, or then, ultimately sold off to another buyer. While that is g
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  7. Summer Mist Also found a cute little purple bunny;
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  8. falling asleep at the movies.... yes that IS Angelina.String (AKA Taya), looking all badass!
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  9. Great question! We look forward to being able to share more as soon as we can and I know that Brad is eager to meet the community as we get closer to the closing/approval date.
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  10. I am skeptical of this. I have experienced many ""acquisitions" in my working career and not ONE has had a good outcome in the end. The results ranging from restructuring and people being made redundant to making the place so sh** to work that people quit In droves.. And of course, the new owners always give the ""don't worry folks, it will be business as usual" speel to try and calm everyone down, but we all know that's usually a load of BS. The last "acquisition" i got tangled up in a couple of years back, we got the usual "stay calm" speech from the new owners and were promised the usu
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  11. There's absolutely no reason to panic. This is a good thing. Second Life is doing very well, Linden Lab is doing very well and these investors have a good reputation and they are known to the Lab for a long time. I remember when I took over Willowdale Estate 2 years ago. It had 30 regions by then. Tenants panicked, some even left the estate. Today, 2 years later, Willowdale has 220 regions and yesterday it was sold out, not a single parcel left for sale, which makes it the most successful estate on the grid. I am very positive when it comes to Second Life's future and I think it's
    11 points
  12. My grandmother is teaching me how to make babka.
    11 points
  13. At least it wasn't acquired by FB. That would've been horrible.
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  14. If @Strawberry Linden isn't dressing them, why are they even bothering?
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  16. Um, wut? All-time max concurrency was roughly 88,000, reached in 2009. In 2006, you were lucky if you could get 40 people in a region without it crashing. I don't see why that would affect a decision to leave SL, but, you know, different strokes.
    9 points
  17. What does that have to do with RL gender identity? Zzevirs response might have been a bit rough in wording, but I'm sharing the confusion. Choseing a female character in an MMO doesn't errode away your identity. Just like chosing the gay romance option in Dragon Age wouldn't put someones RL sexuality into question. I'm frequently playing male and female characters in RPGs and MMOs. I even got two male characters in a roleplay. And I have dressed up as my favorite (male!) character from a mobile game at a convention last year. None of that was a statement or change about my personal gender
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  19. If they call it Randy Brad, you can be sure that Zindra is safe, at least.
    8 points
  20. Inspired by @Chloe Dolores I decided to go back to Elderglen and wrestle with the Wizard's Retreat. Creating a loft room platform under the roof skylight, turned out to be the most successful part. I have to admit defeat with the rest of the building, though it was fun trying!
    8 points
  21. The way I read it, Linden Lab (Linden Research) will probably continue to "own" and run SL much as they do now. What will change is the ownership of LL itself, as it will become a subsidiary of a parent group. That's not the same thing as Linden Research selling off Second Life would be, as happened with Sansar.
    8 points
  22. Just hoping that this isn't the money grubbing, run it into the ground and throw it away when it doesn't work kind of investment group. 👀
    8 points
  23. . . .I'mma hold off on making that alt, then.
    8 points
  24. Or maybe I've graduated to the point in my sneakiness I can tell you the truth and you still won't believe me. 😄
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  25. Hi @Brett Linden! Will this be soonish, or did you guys send them to Help Island Public as a hazing ritual? 😜
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  26. LOL Exactly like I barely write here cause I just dont like to get in all this conversations, but is so silly that just because someone types then gets all the prizes. First of all the conspiracy theories happening here are worse then the game of thrones predictions. We dont know anything and the speculation is up to the roof and making stories of stuff we dont know and have no idea. Think we should hear more from them before get to panic and start saying stuff that we dont know. Second, I think you are right, if we want to give credit to someone that gotta be @Patch Linden . Someone that
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  27. Not here to stir drama but you spent decades in venture-funded companies and you would promote to CEO someone just because they have the kindness to entertain your thoughts, while completely overlooking how @Patch Linden turned SL around, revived the community and started to give back to residents? I mean girl, I am commenting too, so I guess I will be the next CEO ;P
    7 points
  28. Bringing up the thread so we have all the information in one. https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SwayLand/137/127/27 Friday July 10th: Fifty Linden Friday. The best, is that if you do not need to close the curtains, but use the Linden home blinds, you can get the 3 Li large ones down to 2 Li. Unlink the "closed curtain" part. You see it when you have the curtains open and "highlight transparent". Unlink this part and voila, 2 Li curtains. They fit a double Traditional window and are still 2 Li. Raise the curtain so the rod is over the window, select the curtains and stretch them
    7 points
  29. Last ones & the Log Cabin I managed to get . . . I got one fairly close to water but decided to give it up and try for closer, then this came up!
    7 points
  30. So, I finally got Premium memberships for myself and my alt & found two homes I love. The first is my Houseboat home, which has no neighbour on one side or behind, and the second is a Log Cabin. Please excuse the spam, I got excited taking photos as i'm loving it here in Belliseria. Thanks to everyone making the add ons too, they have made my Houseboat a home. I'll post more in another post & of the Community areas I found close by
    7 points
  31. Did anyone else notice that four short (30ish seconds each) videos featuring turnkey Second Life academic campuses popped up on the official Second Life YouTube feed on July 8, the day before this announcement? I noticed them the morning of July 9 and wondered about it: https://www.youtube.com/user/Secondlife/videos I know that the emergence of the 'rona has everybody scrambling to find new ways to connect with each other that aren't face-to-face; however I have to admit I'm skeptical about whether or not people really want to use Second Life for this since it was tried (and
    7 points
  32. There are about a hundred virtual world startups. Ryan Schultz maintains a list on his blog. I've discussed some of them in "The Metaverse and All That" on these forums. Most are not very successful. Almost all are smaller than SL. There is technical progress, though. My interest has been in whether SL could be brought up to modern game standards. The argument for doing so is that a major technical upgrade of SL is easier than getting a few hundred thousand users for a new virtual world. Nobody, including Facebook, has been able to do that. See Sansar, Sinespace, High Fidelity, etc. The value
    7 points
  33. I haven't got many thoughts because I haven't had my breakfast yet and I've just read all the posts and my brain has indigestion, and, goodness, there are some knowledgeable people here, and ones with extraordinary powers of memory. Well, one of the predators acquirers is a bit of a techie, so that helps. The other represents a sober-viewed successful company. Seems legit. The only thing I'm sure of is that I'll continue to spend a lot of money on SL.
    7 points
  34. I hope nothing really BAD happens with this purchase yet. Remember M Linden? He was very bad to SL as a CEO. It's not the case to Ebbe, as he's a wonderful person. Plus we all, residents of SL, do not want another "M Linden" in the command of the Lab. PS. By M Linden i'm referring to Mark Kingdon, CEO of LL from 2008 to 2010. Does anyone Agree with me?
    7 points
  35. I come in here occasionally to whimper about my lack of a waterfront Victorian, but I have the best water Traditional someone here released and over all I am a really happy camper. I call it my baby Vic. The Vic I have is special, too. I just like to whine because everyone loves a whiner. Haha
    7 points
  36. It is pretty disturbing that everything we've ever made can be traded so flippedly. So in a day, our items and our futures can be sold off. Difficult to have any confidence at all that this will be a good thing.
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  37. After seeing a quote from Phillip Rosedale, I feel a little better.. "Since its inception 17 years ago, Second Life has been a pioneer in the concepts of virtual societies, land and economies," says Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, who is now CEO of High Fidelity. "I’ve known Brad for 14 years personally and professionally, and I’m confident he will bring his passion and proven strategies to help Linden Lab achieve new heights in distribution, scale, and quality while remaining true to the original vision, creativity, and community that makes Second Life unique and special.”
    7 points
  38. I'm not very optimistic, because it kinda reminds me about game creators who made their games with passion, and became big. Then the suits got on the team, and the investors. And ever since then, it's mainly about what the investors want, and the quality suffered considerably. I'm certainly not saying SL is d ead or will die, that isn't that likely. But after being let down by Blizzard, Bioware and Bethesda, I'm usually not rooting for any company to get investors on board nowadays. I know, there's a difference between game companies and LL, and that they need to make a profit, because
    7 points
  39. Hey Teresa, no offense taken. We're really not able to comment very much in terms of details for now, but we are quite earnest in the Press Release, and I personally think Inara's blog is a great breakdown of that.
    7 points
  40. Those regions still exist in a saved state. They are just offline to conserve resources until the cloud migration. No sneakiness involved. Simply nothing to see here (quite literally 😁).
    7 points
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