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Linden Lab has sent out an notice by email announcing the imminent closure of its long-stagnant Solution Provider program.

The email goes like this:

Dear Solution Providers,

Thank you for your participation in the Solution Provider program. As of May 31, 2012 Linden Lab will be officially ending the Solution Provider program.

As part of the program’s closure, we will do the following:
* Replace the current Solution Provider Directory with a shortened version on the Second Life wiki (more information on the modified Directory below)
* Close the SLDev group and inworld region
* Remove all Solution Provider program related wiki pages on secondlife.wiki.com

As of May 31, a modified version of the Directory will be located on the Second Life wiki. The direct link will be sent out closer to the 31st. It will include the name of your company (with a link to your company’s website), services provided, country/countries where you work, languages, and company description. All the above information is taken directly from your current listing. Once live, you will be able to modify your listing by logging onto the Second Life wiki.

It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know so many of you over the past 4 years. I wish you all the best in your endeavors within and outside of Second Life.

Madhavi Linden

In practical terms, I’m not actually sure how that differs from the program as it currently stands. I’m not sure if the Lab puts any manpower into the program as it is.

For those of you who are scratching your heads and wondering what the program actually is (or soon to be was) it was simply a sort of Yellow Pages listing of teams and individuals who provided professional Second Life content development.

Linden Lab was not immediately available for comment on the reasons for the closure of the program. I’ll add an update, should a response be forthcoming.

UPDATE: Linden Lab responded to my query:

“We decided to officially close the program because it has been inactive since 2010, when we consolidated our focus on Second Life as primarily a consumer, rather than an enterprise, product. We are appreciative of the wonderful work and input that Second Life solution providers have brought to the Second Life experience and community over the years, and we hope for their continued success,” said Peter Gray, Linden Lab’s spokesperson.

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