Is open source giving Second Life a second life?

Summary:Linden Labs, whose Second Life is so cool yet so lacking in profits it's been lampooned in an IBM ad, sent out an e-mail alert this week boasting that open source is giving the company, well, a second life.

IBM in Second Life
Linden Labs, whose Second Life is so cool yet so lacking in profits it's been lampooned in an IBM ad, sent out an e-mail alert this week boasting that open source is giving the company, well, a second life.

The alert lists a host of open source contributions made to Second Life over the last year:

Linden Labs has also created awards for open source contributions and said its acquisition of Windlight opened up more Second Life code to open source licensing.

The criticism IBM makes in its ad is the same one many people make for open source generally -- show me the money. Actual money.

Got any money to show them?

Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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