I have a couple different update to get out to you this week, and those will be coming over the next few days, but first and foremost we want to let you all know about a change by LL to all TPVs (Kokua, Imprudence, Phoenix, Firestorm, Etc) that will affect us all. As stated by Oz Linden, LL has updated their Third Party Viewer policy by restricting some capabilities. These changes were made in the interest of user privacy according to LL and will be taking effect this week (The changes are largely server side). The changes to policy are as follows…
- You must not provide any feature that circumvents any privacy protection option made available through a Linden Lab viewer or any Second Life service.
- You must not display any information regarding the computer system, software, or network connection of any other Second Life user.
- You must not include any information regarding the computer system, software, or network connection of the user in any messages sent to other viewers, except when explicitly elected by the user of your viewer.
- You must not provide any feature that alters the shared experience of the virtual world in any way not provided by or accessible to users of the latest released Linden Lab viewer.
This will effect different viewers in different ways, and it’s recommended you check your favorite viewers blog for statements on what will change. For our family of Purple Viewers (Kokua/Imprudence) the NameTags ability will cease to function this week, and be removed from the viewer in future updates. This does not mean you won’t be able to see people’s names anymore, what it means is that extra line under their name that shows what viewer they are on, and is colored purple if it’s Imprudence for example; that will no longer work.
There are of course implications beyond this for future development of TPVs, and this is only for Second Life not OpenSim so we may have a detection/switch if decide to keep it working on OpenSim. But for now at least, if you’re in Second Life on a Purple viewer, expect this feature to cease functioning if it hasn’t already.
Sorry for the inconvenience everyone, this one is out of our hands.