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Emerald Viewer Officially Dead – All Server Access Severed – No More Releases & Remaining Developers Resign

Emerald Viewer Officially Dead

We wrote recently on the The Downfall of the Emerald Viewer & Permanent Damage to Second Life.

Emerald Viewer is now official dead. Arabella Steadham announced today on the Emerald blog that there will be no further releases for the Emerald Viewer effective immediately…..Alas this was not to be. Linden Lab has made demands of the team that are impossible to meet. Among the demands not listed publicly elsewhere was to publicly release an RC without any ability to load the emkdu or llkdu files. This was do-able. The final demand was to ‘delete’ 3 key members of our team. While making this demand, Linden Lab was quite aware that this was effectively the guillotine to the project.”

Jessica Lyon resigned saying “As of some time this morning, all access to the servers have been severed to all but Arabella Steadham and Lonely Bluebird. Neither me, nor any of the other Emerald Developers have the ability to put out releases at this time. Beyond the recent beta 2587, we also cannot certify the safety or validity of any future releases…….Unless circumstances change, in my opinion, the Emerald Viewer Project is dead. We simply cannot achieve a release by the deadline given to us under the current circumstances. Without access to the server and website, I am forced to make a very difficult decision as I will not allow myself to be held accountable to anything that happens from this day on in regards to Emerald. With that said, I here by officially resign from the Emerald Viewer Project.”

Linden Lab responded saying: “Should they fail to make these changes, we may need to block Emerald Viewers from logging into Second Life to protect the privacy, safety, and security of Second Life Residents”.

The Downfall of the Emerald Viewer & Permanent Damage to Second Life

Emerald Viewer Breasts Second Life

It all started with allegations that developers of the popular Emerald Second Life viewer (reportedly used by 1 out of 3 Second Life users and accounts for half of all user hours) engaged in denial of service attacks against rival developers. The accusations came over the Second Life Universe forum and the Emerald dev Team seemingly corroborated the accusations saying:

“This idea was to target a blog owned by a creator of a malicious viewer, and boast of the traffic Emerald has captured. The method for doing this was to add links to the Emerald log in page linked to said blog. Each time anyone logged in, our page loaded up and also the other page loaded up – simply to show off our volume of traffic… This was a poor attempt at boasting that failed miserably. Once we discovered this, these links were deleted and the dev concerned was disciplined. ”

It was also discovered that the Emerald Viewer security may not be up to par with several back doors and bugs.

Since then the Emerald Viewer has been removed from the Third Party Viewer List by Linden Lab with Second Life CEO Philip Rosedale (Philip Linden) saying:

“We have removed Emerald from the list of third-party viewers, and are now in touch with the Emerald team to discuss what can happen next. We take privacy, safety, and security very seriously, and we will act to the best of our abilities to protect it. We have not yet disabled logins via the Emerald viewer, but will do so if we feel the software and the team behind it is not able to meet the standards we’ve set. If you have been using the Emerald viewer, for now we would encourage you to consider either one of the Linden Lab viewers, or an alternative third-party viewer.”

Then we learned that the lead Emerald Developer Fractured Crystal resigned, and the Emerald Viewer was sold to a new owner with the webserver transferred to Arabella Steadham.

The problem with all of this is that 80% of Residents do not like the Viewer 2 that Linden Lab provides. This fueled the Emerald Viewer’s popularity along with the the feature of realistic bouncing breast physics. So now that popular viewer has lost faith. Without the bouncing breasts of Emerald many people may simply give up on Second Life altogether. This could spark a further decline in Second Life user hours and residents.