There May be Trouble Ahead … there’s certainly Major Second Life Maintenance

This notice has just come from Linden Lab:

Scheduled Maintenance May 8, 9, 10

Posted by Status Desk on May 8th, 2012 at 09:51 am PDT

[Posted 9:45am PDT, 8 May 2012] We will be performing scheduled maintenance today, Wednesday and Thursday of this week (May 8, May 9, May 10), beginning at 6:00pm PDT each day. Each maintenance is scheduled to last around 8 hours. Please save all builds and refrain from rezzing no copy objects, as some regions may be taken offline and remain offline for extended periods of time. Please follow this blog for any updated information.

This is particularly worrying as it follows on from two periods when the grid was essentially down – one which we called call a major outtage that lasted for some hours on April 26th (and into 27th). Since then there appear to have been more problems than we have seen for some time – including spikes, slow restarts and the total failure of search.  This all suggests that someone is grim-facedly breaking out the big role of sticking plaster …

So, apart from the news on the grid, we are unlikely (on past form) to learn more from the Lab.  Whether this is all planned as a way of setting up the new Pathfinder tools we’ve been promised (maybe adding in the mesh deformer? We can but hope) or whether some Lindens are undertaking a heroic but essentially secret mission to Save The Grid as We Know It … well, we may never discover.

I am sneakily glad that this maintenance should impact a little less on Europe than in the bad old days when the West Coast Lab seemed surprised that we Europeans were a little miffed that Maintenance always had to happen on our watch.  But whenever it happens, someone will have to feel the pain.  Sorry, Australasia.

This might be a good week for checking out InworldzDaniel Voyager has an excellent recent blog post on cool places to visit there. And Kitely too has added more features that makes it worth a visit (your first two hours are free).


  1. I certainly hope it is a matter of addressing the issues with the Second Life grid in a real manner. I know for me personally InWorldz and other grids do not offer the things and people I enjoy most about the virtual environment. It is good that there are options and we each can decide how we want to deal with it.

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