[FoRK] the matrix has you

Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> on Fri Apr 20 03:20:55 PDT 2007


Second Life to open-source grid; will Google bite?

Having already taken the timid steps of open-sourcing the code for its client
software, Linden Lab have confirmed that they'll be going the whole way, and
will soon be opening up the server code for Second Life. This is big news, as
it furthers Second Life's ambitions to be a fully distributed 3D network —
built on interoperability and not owned by one company — a bit like the
Internet itself. However, while these are much grander plans than simply
being a provider of a proprietary 3D world (there are after all an increasing
number of competitors), it begs the question of how Linden Lab plans to make

Right now, Linden generates most of its revenue through selling 'virtual
land' a.k.a. server space and licensing the software needed.

Fellow ZDNet blogger, Dana Blankenhorn, asks whether this could in fact save
Second Life? citing a number of different directions Linden Lab could go in,

    * Consult with companies wishing to sell through Second Life.

    * Support contracts for open source users.

    * Custom programming for Second Life extensions.

Additionally, it will be interesting to see who is first to offer Second Life
hosting or use the server code for their own internal purposes. IBM would be
an obvious candidate, perhaps offering corporate SL services. And for the
rest of us? "GoogleLife", free virtual land — ad supported of course. It's
certainly a possibility. 

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