This is not a good week for Second Life.
Firstly, there are huge ongoing grid issues. Maintenance looks likely to take the grid down for a good part of the next three days.
Secondly, there is a real danger that the mesh deformer is going to be dropped. Hamlet has the story: Linden Lab Needs Mesh Samples to Test Qarl’s Mesh Deformer — Or May Not Incorporate It Into SL Viewers At All.
This is what Oz Linden said:
Perhaps this issue really isn’t all that important, or worth the trouble to integrate.
So far, only one designer has responded with one test garment.
Let me be clear – the lack of test material is a major blocker for testing, and therefor accepting, this proposed feature. If you want it, step up and do it soon.
To me, this seemed very short-sighted. His request appeared in the middle of a technical Jira – it wasn’t sent to people who made clothes (still less mesh clothes). Let’s pass over the fact that no-one at Linden Lab considers that the deformer (which was created as a result of considerable funds raised by Second Life users and creators) is worth popping into Cold Logic and picking up a few free demos to test the deformer on. Let’s consider instead the claim that the Lab would ditch cheerfully this project if people don’t instantly snap to do their bidding.
In fact, Oz retracted that and told Inara Prey that it was a deliberate attention grabber without substance. That’s a great way to restore trust in the messages coming out of the Lab.
Not a good week.
Many people have been disappointed – to say the least – by the Lab’s decision this year not to host a Birthday Party (the one remaining community event that had been hosted by the Lab). Some people have been making strenuous efforts to make something happen – not a series of small locked-in parties scattered across the grid, but a big event communally hosted. Some commercial sim owners were willing to become involved …
Then, a couple of weeks ago, a rumour circulated that LL was offering 10-12 sims to the Linden Endowment for the Arts, with the intention that they would use them to host SL9B. The news of this, perhaps inevitably, put other plans on hold. Actually, this kind of event is not normally under the remit of the LEA, but it seems that they were open to the idea provided they could form an external committee to run them. The Lab was, unfortunately, not open to that idea, and tonight they have withdrawn their offer.
So no Birthday Party.
I’ve got more to say about this – but for now I’ll just say …
Not a good week for Second Life.