If you’ve been around Second Life for a while, you’ll probably know the name Karl Stiefvater (who was once known as Qarl Linden).

Stiefvater was behind a number of popular Second Life features, but was laid off from Linden Lab after the Lab responded to public calls from its customers to stop focusing on features and instead to work on platform stability and bug-fixes. With new feature-development halted, Stiefvater’s particular genius was no longer required.

Now, however, there is a perceived deficiency in how mesh-clothing functions; requiring avatars to be altered to fit clothing, rather than allowing the clothing to fit the avatar. In an unprecedented move, Second Life users are raising funds to fund Stiefvater to fix that.

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The viewer formerly known as Canvas from Chris Collins’ Tipodean Technologies is a Web-embeddable, Unity3D-based viewer compatible with Opensim and Second Life.

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It’s that time of the month again, when Hypergrid Business’ Maria Korolov rounds up the growth statistics for the top 40 opensim grids.

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Maria Korolov has her monthly roundup of Opensim grids on Hypergrid Business.

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