Is open source giving Second Life a second life?

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.

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IBM in Second LifeLinden 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?

Topic: Open Source

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  • second life sucks they have the most unstable software i've ever

    second life sucks they have the most unstable software i've ever used. the client crashes every few min. and when the client is running it is so laggy you can't do much with it. and it's been a a year i think since they went open source. if i were a member of the OSC i would not even claim this crap software as a beacon of what open source can be.
    SO.CAL Guy
    • Why not?

      It exemplifies everything open source is: Outdated, unmotivated, completely lacking in business sense, and socialist. They run on opengl, mysql, linux servers, they buy out other companies and make their source code open source and distribute to three operating systems officially and 5 en totem. They are everything open source stands for, even if they are gpl 2.0. Show me one open source game that looks good, and runs well. In fact, show me one open source mmo that doesn't use the gpl 2.0 dual license!

      Frankly, it's more advanced than any other piece of open source technology out there. You just don't like it because of the name it gives itself in the media. And as for mysql, the vaunted open source database with massive limitations on scalability, how can you defend it when it somehow sells out to sun microsystems. How exactly does a company who is supposedly property of the people sell out at all? There's more holes to 'open source' than an expensive car driving through a bad las angeles neighbourhood.
      Spiritusindomit@...
      • There's actually more holes in your argument

        I was going to actually counter your argument piece by piece, but then I seen the word "socialist" there and decided I didn't need to.
        Tony Agudo
  • Is open source giving Second Life a second life?

    After looking at Second Life on the Web-Site, I thought so little of it, I refused to download their software. My only personal opinion is Second Life should haver died in the First Life! The "Open Source Community" should distance itself from Second Life as far as is possible! Open Source is far better than this!
    The Rifleman
  • RE: Is open source giving Second Life a second life?

    Sl is the most ground breaking thing that has hit the Internet in ages.

    It's in the same stage the Web was in 1994, and as is the same as the Web, it will just get better and better.
    rwilliams@...