Actually, I thought that Linden Lab was going to pass on banning the Emerald Second Life viewer. After Lonely Bluebird killed the Emerald viewer project, it seemed like no further action was necessary.
Well, it looks like the other shoe has actually dropped and the Lab is going to go ahead with it anyway.
As of 10am PT Wednesday, September 8 (tomorrow, basically), the Emerald Viewer will be blocked from logging in to Second Life as a result of violations of our Policy on Third Party Viewers. Residents who have been using any version of the Emerald Viewer will need to use a different Viewer to access Second Life.
It’s an interesting move since the Phoenix Viewer (built from Emerald’s ashes) which was hastily created over the last few days was fast-tracked into the Lab’s viewer-directory this-morning.