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A Second Life for 'Second Life' with Open Source?

Nov 06, 2007, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Howard Wen)

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"Until recently, the business news media fawned over the Second Life online virtual world. Stories fixated on Second Life 'residents' who got rich brokering virtual real estate, or on the numerous corporations and consumer brands rushing to claim their presence within it (by building virtual kiosk centers or 'islands'). Virtual world hype trumps open source hype, so little virtual ink has gone into discussing the open source initiative that Linden Lab, the company behind the virtual world, established to further its development.

"One of these projects is the Linux version of the Second Life client, the viewer application that runs on the resident's computer and lets the resident interact with the graphical environments of the virtual world..."

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