If you haven’t read about Linden Lab’s JIRA “upgrade” then I suggest starting with Inara Pey’s post and great commentary. Also, Mr Crap’s post rips into it but includes links to some sources of news & views.
I’ve only engaged on JIRA a couple times and gave up on it. However, I know SL residents who are actively engaged and they see the upgrade as evidence the Lab’s board is no longer interested in engagement with the users of Second Life, its flagship product.
I looked at the composition of the Linden Lab board today. Philip Rosedale is listed as “Founder” but not Chairman. Since Rod Humble is not on the board, I assume Rosedale is defacto Chairman. The board includes technology visionary Will Wright (creator of The Sims), notable technologist Mitch Kapor (creator of Lotus 1-2-3) and three venture capital firm board members.
I’ve heard other long-term SL Residents wonder about Second Life’s future. I’ve heard from many who feel the Lab’s board is indifferent to what happens to SL. When I look at the board and the management, it causes me to wonder what level of influance management has with the board.
Just to be clear, I don’t fault Lab employess for anything. I know they work hard to make SL work and it seems clear that the Board is doing what it thinks is best.