Archive for June, 2010
Okay, lets be honest, it’s not like I’ve been in-world much for the last few months, anyway. However, I’m formally leaving the Second Life® virtual world (hope I got that last bit right, and legal are happy). This isn’t some huge throwing all my toys out of the pram kind of affair, I’m not in any ruling out coming back, but I am going to be mostly out of SL for the next 18+ months. I’ve got a few months left on my rentals, and I’ll probably extend those further to make sure everyone knows what’s going on. I’ll still be around for the day job occasionally (it’s mostly a lack of personal free time that’s getting in the way). I’ll definitely be working in OpenSim as part of the day job, although not sure that really helps anyone. Sites I run will remain up indefinitely (that includes this one).
Okay, so that’s the bad news. The good news is, I’m releasing all my scripts as open source (BSD licensed). For copies in-world, you can get all of my released scripts from XStreetSL at https://www.xstreetsl.com/modules.php?name=Marketplace&MerchantID=99200. If you want copies for use in other virtual worlds, or after I take down my XStreetSL boxes, you can get the scripts at http://xugumadison.org/scripts/ – I’ve only got a few up right now, but more will be coming, including a few unreleased scripts for anyone who wants to try working with them. I’m also releasing all the stuff I’ve worked with, including sign images (the fonts used are Honey I Stole Your Jumper and WC Mano Negra Bta – you’ll need both to make the images render correctly), documentation source for PDF documentation (you’ll need LaTeX), etc.
In terms of support; if you paid for the script, you get support. I’ll be on e-mail. If you didn’t pay for the script, sorry, no luck. The biggest reason I’m leaving SL is lack of time, so I’m really sorry but no I’m not going to take on support requests for freebie scripts.
Lastly, the ranty bit; while the main reason I’m leaving SL is time, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the recent firings of the Lindens heading up basically every project that interested me, chief amongst them Babbage, who was heading up C# scripting, Whump and Zero on interoperability, and Pink on the new marketplace. I personally have little or no faith in the direction LL is driving SL at the moment, and certainly no interest in the product they appear to want to sell. As I said earlier, this isn’t a huge ending thing, I may well be back if things change, but certainly it would be unlikely if the current path continues.
Hope you all enjoy the scripts! I’ll try to update this blog occasionally as I get through milestones in other projects.