On Monday, Linden Lab annouced that the client software (the viewer) for Second Life will be released as open source and that the server software may also be opened. Opening their software to outside developers will most likely make the product more robust and less buggy. Several successful and well-known open source project include OpenOffice, Mozilla Firefox and the ubiquitous web server Apache. If Linden Labs follows through with releasing the server to the open source community, organizations could provide virtual representations of their worlds. For example, a propective student would be able to tour Messiah’s campus (including building) and chat with admissions counselors or students in the virtual world.
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