Designing Worlds investigates CDS (the Client Detection System)

This week Designing Worlds invites you to join us in our Northpoint studio at 2pm SLT as we investigate the controversial Client Detection System, better known as CDS.

This is causing a great deal of angry arguments on forums and bulletin boards related to Second Life. And there have been some horrible threats made against people and stores using the system, as well as against the creators – even on the official Linden commerce forums.

So what is CDS, what is the abuse that it seeks to remedy and how are content creators reacting to it? We’ll be putting these questions to Dirk Talamasca, a long-time SL developer and mentor familiar with the history and issues involved; Maxwell Graf, the well-known content developer and the owner of Rustica,and to Phox ModularSystems, who worked on the CDS development team.

And we’ll be looking at some of the issues that have been raised too – whether CDS has the power to identify use of browsers historically, or by alts. And what happens if you feel that you have been unfairly accused?

And we’ll be asking … is this a problem for residents to tackle, or should this level of protection be the responsibility of Linden Lab?

Normally a show like this would take place in the studio but we’re acutely aware that if we try this, it could lead to people attempting to attack the sim. We’ve therefore decided to hold the discussion at a remote location. But there will be a way for our studio audience – and for people at home – to take part in the show. Set your browser to, and you can join the IRC chat channel to ask questions or make comments for our panel.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat. Or tune in at 2pm SLT on Tuesday for the live show – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the web site.


  1. When I see the acronym “CDS” in the context of Second Life, I think it’s the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, which has been around a very long time (for something in SL).

    I wonder if the creator of this new “CDS” had any clue that they were doing when they named it. Do they have a beef with the original CDS? Did they just not know about it? Why didn’t they do a quick Google search to see if their acronym was already being used in the context of SL, i.e. Google:

    CDS “Second Life”

  2. I know – there is confusion out there. I mentioned on Caledon chat that I was doing a show on CDS and did anyone have strong feelings – which led to a very puzzled: “Why would we have strong feelings about the Conferation?”

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