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  1. Linden Lab
    Latest Entry

    By Linden Lab,

    This holiday season, take a trip back to the 80s at Le Chateau, a retro community in Second Life!

    Creator Victoire Sire shares the inspiration behind Le Chateau:

    “In 2021 a friend suggested that we design a typical American motel.

    But as I'm French, we don't have motels in France or they are super rare. After some investigation I thought it was a great idea and that's how the adventure started. 

    We had to find inspiration for the colors, the design and especially a global theme to create this idyllic resort. So we went for the goofy aesthetics of the 80s and 90s, inspired by Miami, GTA Vice City, Scarface, Synthwave, Vaporwave, South America, French Guiana and two French TV series: OVNI(s) (a kind of French Stranger Things taking place in the 70s) and 3615 Monique (the debut of the phone sex on an early internet made in France known as Minitel). 

    Why French Guiana you gonna ask? Well, I simply wanted to make a French-inspired destination without actually being in Europe.

    Imagine being in the late 80s where technological and social evolution happened. 

    The Plaza was also heavily inspired by yuppie culture, movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street and skyscrapers like the Tour Pleyel in Paris and the original World Trade Center design. But also the "Message a caractère informatif" - a French comedy TV show based on old corporate films from the 1980s with modern funny dubbings.

    Here we are in 2022, bringing the 80's back to the community! Le Chateau is a virtual tale of luck, grit, know-how and the magic that arises when an assortment of eccentric characters comes together to live in this 80's island paradise. It's not just a shady motel by the roadside anymore, it's a whole lifestyle.

    We also offer rentals in the estate. long-term motel rooms inside skyboxes, short-term motel "romantic" suites for daily usage, "lodge" suites with private gardens, premium villas at Le Chateau Vice Island, and so much more. We have a full waiting list available in the small Le Chateau Vice Island gazebo building. The office tower is still under construction but so far we don't offer any rentals in it.”

    When asked what Second Life means to them, Victoire responded:

    “I am 25 now. I've been in SL for a very long time (my first account is from 2009), at the time I was using SL on PG sims for teens, I did a lot of roleplay. 

    Those are really my best memories. Since then I have found my passions: Decoration, modding, landscaping, designing sims , photography, making SL videos for myself or for my clients and role-playing. 

    Second Life is for me THE most amazing metaverse experience you can currently have. As an autistic person, social life in real life is difficult but in Second Life I can be who I truly am and it is so much easier to communicate.” 

    Grab a cocktail, slip into an iconic retro swimsuit, and dive into a neon-filled 80s vacation!

    Video Production by Draxtor Despres

  2. Strawberry Linden
    Latest Entry

    By Strawberry Linden,

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    Today's Second Life pic of the day by Trouble Dethly is the cover of "A Second Life Thanksgiving Project 2022" which is a collaborative publication where Residents from across the grid submitted a short note for someone and shared why they are thankful for them. Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

    For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules!

    Connect with Second Life on Social Media:
    Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | TumblrTikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn

  3. Linden Lab
    Latest Entry

    By Linden Lab,

    Linden Lab open-sourced Second Life's client on January 8th, 2007. In the 15 years since, open source contributions have led to countless new features and bug fixes that have markedly improved the life of our virtual world. Without open source, SL would not be as vibrant, enduring and successful as it is today.

    As part of an effort to improve and modernize our tooling and better support the open source community, I'm happy to announce that Second Life's source code is moving to GitHub, the world's most popular version control hosting platform. You can find our open source repositories in their new home at github.com/secondlife.

    As the de facto home of large open source projects such as CPython and the Linux kernel, GitHub likely needs no introduction to anyone who works with open source software. Its features and market position make it the best option for Second Life going forward.

    Improved Developer Experience

    While migrating code to GitHub is an important step towards improving Second Life open source contributors' development experience, it is not a complete picture. We will be making several changes to streamline and modernize our engineering processes: 

    Simpler Contributor License Agreements

    A Contributor License Agreement (CLA) is a commonly used legal contract between an individual or group and an organization accepting contributions. This process has been modernized, adopting simpler, more developer-friendly language and allowing contributors to sign the contract as part of pull requests. No PDF, no fax. 😉

    GitHub Actions CI/CD

    Second Life will be moving its continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) from a self-hosted TeamCity instance to GitHub Actions. This change, to be completed in 2023, will open up new possibilities for our engineering team and the open source community:

    • Our build tooling will be more transparent, allowing OSS contributors to easily fork and build things like autobuild libraries
    • Pull requests will feature automated merge checks such as linting and automated testing
    • Services can be built using newer technology, such as aarch64 servers

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    A simple pipeline to test and publish autobuild.

    Summary

    While these changes will not impact most users, they will make contributing to Second Life easier and allow the platform to evolve faster. Linden Lab is a uniquely open company, holding regular in-world user groups and allowing its residents to contribute in meaningful ways. We are committed to this philosophy and would love to join you in helping make our shared virtual world even better.

    Do you want to contribute to Second Life? Attend one of the user groups on our public calendar, submit an idea for a new feature, or, of course, check out our code on GitHub!

    Signal Linden
    Engineer, Second Life Server

  4. Happy Wednesday!

    We’re writing to remind everyone that we’ll be holding our monthly Web User Group meeting today at 14:00 SLT in our usual meeting place, where we’ll be discussing our status with ongoing projects and our near future plans for our web properties. As always, we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A from the community. We look forward to seeing you there!

  5. The Concierge and Land User Group meeting is a monthly, public meeting for discussion and education on Second Life, useful to both Mainland Residents and Estate owners.

    Topics include any issues relating to Customer Relations/Support or concerning Land in general (mainland, islands, Linden Homes, estates, auctions, etc.).

    Join Wendi, Vix, and members of the Land team, on Wednesday at 12pm PT at Linden Estate Services.  All are welcome.

  6. Hi Everybody! 

    I would like to introduce a new member of the Linden Support team, Boxy 5000. 

    Boxy 5000 is a virtual assistant/support bot trainee. 

    But wait, wasn’t there already a chatbot who answered questions for premium users? Indeed there was! Boxy 3000 was the earlier model of the trainee chatbot. 

    We are learning from some design flaws and moving forward with a more advanced bot. Boxy 3000 has been re-invented and given an extra 2000! 

    But wait a second time! Won’t this bring about the machine apocalypse? Not just yet–Boxy 5000 is more advanced and learns as they go but Skynet is still a few upgrades away. 

    The upgraded bot will be a 24/7 support option for both premium and non-premium residents! (Previously only available for premium customers.)

    Boxy will have the ability to answer commonly asked questions, keep you up to date on current issues, help with ticket submission and in some cases handle a support request. 

    Boxy has uses for all residents, from early adopters to fresh new faces. 

    For new and more casual residents Boxy is available to help them find the support they need. 

    For our seasoned veterans Boxy can offer support options for some specific requests. Specifically, Boxy will be able to submit an abuse report on your behalf and in some cases help with the restart of a region!

    Boxy will continue to learn as we go. Boxy might not have all the answers currently, but we will continue to review questions posed and help the bot to better answer your support queries. 


    We realize that a chat bot is not a substitute for a customer support representative, and this bot is not meant to be. It is however meant to help when we are unavailable or may be experiencing higher call volumes. 

    For premium residents Boxy will only be the first point of contact before being passed to a support representative during office hours. Utilize Boxy to help better explain your issue once you are transferred to a support representative. Outside of office hours Boxy can help or create a ticket for when we are back in the office.

    The ability to get an answer to your question or to get your issue resolved without having to wait until our Support Lindens are available is Boxy’s primary directive.

    Anyone interested in saying hello to Boxy can access it by logging into our support portal. The Boxy 5000 chat widget should appear in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.  

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    Boxy 5000, it’s advanced… 

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