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Today, Emerald underwent a complete restructure of the Development Team.
The most obvious result is that there is no specific individual Project Leader – we have determined the best course is to operate democratically and with clear transparency.
This series of events has ocurred because of an intolerable abuse of trust. From today forward, Fractured and Modular Systems will have no association with the Emerald Viewer. Due to his own actions, he was left in an untenable position and was given no option but to resign, which he did.
For users, we anticipate a smooth seamless transition, however if there is a hiccup or two please be patient with us as we move the viewer to its new home.
We ask for your understanding and patience during this time, and ask you to put your trust in this move, as we put our trust into you, the user.
Please contact Emerald Support via the Emerald Viewer group if you have questions. You can also contact any of these people in world:-
Thank you for your continued support,
The Emerald Rebirth Team
As at Sunday 22nd August, 6pm SLT:
The Emerald viewer project and its development team have undergone a massive and necessary restructuring in response to recent incidents caused by the project leader.
This restructuring is designed in such a way as to prevent anything like this from ever happening again.
From this point on, there will be no ONE single person running Emerald Development.
We are all going to be on a level playing field. All decisions, changes, and alterations to any code or anything at all, will be done transparently and democratically.
Part of this restructuring process also involved the necessary removal of the developer who is responsible for these past incidents; as a result Fractured was invited to resign and has done so today.
As of NOW, All affiliation between Modular Systems/Fractured Crystal and the Emerald Viewer have been permanently severed. A new domain has been purchased and we are currently getting our new website online.
The website will be hosted at EmeraldViewer.net and should be online and operational shortly.
Ownership and control of the servers used to host the Emerald Viewer downloads and website have been transferred to Arabella Steadham who will maintain the hosting as a neutral party for the project.
Aside from the downtime of the website, our users should experience no changes that will affect them directly.
Also today, as a result of the incidents in question, Linden Lab removed Emerald from the TPVD. We expected this might happen and have since provided the Lab with information regarding our new changes, structure and goals. We hope to be back on the TPVD soon.
Our two biggest regrets are first and for most that these incidents ever took place, and second, that we failed to take this radical action sooner.
We sincerely hope that these significant internal changes will help us restore some trust and faith from our users and from Linden Lab in regards to the integrity of the Emerald Viewer Development team.
The Emerald Team
Jessica Lyon, Head QA and Support for Emerald, and Arabella Steadham, Communications Manager for Emerald will be appearing on “Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe” at 6pm Sunday SLT.
They will have a rather important announcement to make regarding the future direction of the Emerald Viewer.
You can read Paisley’s blog about it here
The Show will be made at Northpoint Studio, however there are a number of overflow areas which will show a live telecast. these will be here:-
The Studio itself will probably be quite full, so check your map first and if it is, head for an overflow area.
Both Jessica Lyon and Arabella Steadham will be appearing to answer questions, so come along, we look forward to seeing you there!
Oh, the amazing Keiko Takamura will also be there, she has a divine voice, and quite a twitter and youtube following, as well as SL. The latest release from Keiko and The Shebangs can be seen here
We are thrilled to announce that the former Data Linden has joined the Emerald Support Team.
If you’ve ever filed a support ticket to LL and it was resolved to your satisfaction, chances are it was handled by this man. Please welcome Vortex Saito, formerly known as Data Linden to our support team!
Welcome to the team Vortex!
Two weeks ago, amid an atmosphere of pride and boasting about Emerald traffic, a silly idea was hatched.
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 not a DDoS. This was a poor attempt at boasting that failed miserably. Once we discovered this, these links were deleted and the dev concerned was disciplined.
The entire Emerald Team offers it’s sincere apologies for concern, panic, worry, mistrust and disappointment felt by our users because of this. I can most strongly assure you that this will not happen again.
The Emerald Dev Team
Read more here
Following on from yesterday’s news, it is with pleasure that I can now announce the addition of a new member to the Emerald Team.
Qarl Fizz, formerly known as Qarl Linden has joined us. We know you will join us in making Qarl welcome, and look forward to his contribution to the Project.
You can read it here
There’s been a number of activities in recent days to fill you in on. Some very positive, some a little sad.
* A short time ago, I wrote about the departure of an Emerald Dev here, and assured all readers that Emerald would continue to provide you the user with the best possible viewer we could make.
Overnight, another dev has decided to leave the team. This was because of his dissatisfaction with the consensus of the majority of the team, and his inability to accept that consensus. Unfortunately, he did this in a way to deliberately try to bring the Team’s reputation into disrepute, by posting private conversations and drawing incorrect conclusions.
You can be assured that Emerald will maintain it’s high standard of integrity, honesty and ethics that have contributed to it’s development thus far. Alas, part of being a success is having detractors, however we wish him well on his next legitimate venture.
* The good news is, a new beta version will be available to download very soon. Please be assured the Emerald Team is alive and thriving, and will continue in this way.
* Emerald will be appearing on Treet.TV on 22nd August. Stay tuned for more info!
* The Emerald Team is excited at the prospect of a new high profile developer joining us. More details to come!
You can also read this at Modular Systems
Today, an odd message appeared on the emerald log in screen, thus:-
MOTD: We are now going to force a release that doesn’t work upon everyone. Enjoy being naked.
This is inaccurate and disruptive, and simply reflects the mood of a former dev on the team. This dev has now left, and the message removed.
As with any team, the Emerald dev team consists of a wide range of very diverse people. All are dedicated to seeing the best viewer possible presented to you, the user. Once in a while, team members leave for a range of reasons. It is rare for a tantrum to accompany their departure, however there is as you can see, a first time for everything.
A pleasant consequence of this is the return of a key member of the team, so you may look forward to a vibrant, productive and creative team once again.
A new Release Candidate will be available very soon, likely tomorrow SL Monday. Please be assured the Emerald Team is alive and thriving, and will continue in this way.
More information about the Emerald viewer can be found at The Emerald Blog
Emerald is, as of today, formally accepted into the Linden Lab Third Party Viewer directory. According to Linden Lab:-
“The Third-Party Viewer Directory
To be listed in the Viewer Directory, a software developer must self-certify that it complies with Linden Lab policies. Beware of third-party viewers that are not in the Viewer Directory – they have either declined to self-certify or been refused for noncompliance with our policies”
So, use the Emerald Viewer with absolute confidence.
More info here
Modular Systems here
Download Compliant 3rd party Emerald viewer here
“According to Linden Lab’s policy here http://secondlife.com/corporate/tpv.php
On the 30th of April you will not be allowed to connect to the SL grid unless you use a TPVP complaint viewer.
You must download and use Emerald version 1634, please install it from here http://modularsystems.sl/downloads.html
Use of version 1634 puts your viewer in complete compliance with the TOS and the TPVP, so you can continue to enjoy Emerald far into the future.”
Download of new compliant viewer is available here
For those of you who haven’t heard, the latest release of the Emerald Viewer is now available for download.
you can find the change log here
You can download the viewer here
And the latest from LGG at the Emerald blog:-
I have been notified of an issue with the 1585 release where image uploads are not the highest quality.
The hotfix below will solve this issue if you need it.
Thanks Logan Skytower for finding this!
Hotfix is available to download, go here