My thoughts on Jack in general, with whom I had to have a rather intensive relationship over the years on various conflicts (griefing, ad farms, search, etc.) have been recorded.
He's going to take the name "Jack" -- "just Jack" -- no last name, just a displayer header and user name saying Jack. We won't learn his real name then (other Lindens have transferred their Linden accounts to accounts made with their real names -- that is, the most special Lindens who leave on very good terms get to do that, not all Lindens.)
There's a lot about it in the thread under the post, with some accolades and nasties, but I think I summed it up:
Second Life will leave you with a better resume leaving than you had coming in, which can't be said for all Lindens:
o group tools and communities
o new user experience
o ending ad farms and traffic botting
o Concierge, estates, Homestead crisis
o Linden Homes, Atlas
All of these programs, features and "solutions" to challenges are all or in part to your credit and you can proudly list them. I don't agree with some of them obviously as they harm *our* business, but for *your* business, they were a good thing. But there's one thing that should accrue to your eternal shame, and you know that:
I don't know if I have more to say now. It would be nice to be sitting in my summer house in Derwent some day and Jack might stop by for a chin-wag, as they say in England.
The agida from the estate crowd was really intense. They constantly went to his office hours -- I generally gave them a pass. He'd never really tell you anything about why Search was fucked, and kept defending it.
Ann O'Toole properly asks -- ok, who do estate owners and merchants talk to now? some random customer service Linden or "Scout" as the new company seems to be named now?
Who is Bob Komin really, what is he doing, is he a caretaker, is he just biding his time to dump it?
I honestly have to say that I will not be surprised if at some point somebody comes on and tells us the world is closing, but we can go to...XYZ open sims or -- whatever. A Facebook group and a browser game.
I'd like to think that this intensively tended walled garden will stay afloat. Jack implies it's in better shape than ever. I don't now how to assess that.