Monday, January 28, 2008

Breaking News: Linden Lab to Open server code

One of the main questions in (Second) Life is when Linden Lab finally goes open source. In this article I wrote:

Linden loves Open Source

Linden Lab did
react to the user comments by stating:‘we’d dearly like to open-source the servers’

Which sounds pretty hopefull, but...


‘The big problem is that in the current architecture, servers are trusted. Identity information, ownership information — all that is stored on the servers, and in a closed-source, behind-the-firewall environment, we can communicate between the servers securely. Trust, identity, connectedness — all of these are huge problems.’

However, I've already seen infrastructure designs that would make this possible. The plan is on the table, so please don't hesitate to make it happen.


Wéll, it seems they've taken swift action, according to this Information Week article Linden Lab is planning to open up the servercode for Second Life in before 2009.
Miller said Second Life in 2009 will change from one grid to multiple grids. Linden Lab said in April it plans to open-source the Second Life server. The company open-sourced the client a year ago. Next year, users will be able to run their own Second Life servers, optionally behind a firewall or temporarily, for an individual event. Residents will be able to bring the same identity with them from one private Second Life grid to another.

I think in their eagerness the guys from SL Review misread the article, as they wrote:
"Linden Lab said in April it plans to open-source the Second Life server. The company open-sourced the client a year ago. Next year, users will be able to run their own Second Life servers, optionally behind a firewall or temporarily, for an individual event. Residents will be able to bring the same identity with them from one private Second Life grid to another."

What I think happened here is that they read April. This is about the 2009 architecture, Mitch Wagner wrote about april 07 when Linden Lab first spoke of their ideas to go open source. Prokofy Neva was probably right as she suggested the departure of Corey Ondrejka as CTO of Second Life in December was probably because of differences over the speed of going open source. I think she thought Corey wanted to speed up, and maybe she's right. Corey might have wanted the grid to open up sooner and Phil had his second thoughts about that. Anyway, we'll have to wait, but we'll get there.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous csven said...

"according to this Information Week article Linden Lab is planning to open up the servercode for Second Life in before 2009."

Doesn't say that. It says:

"Miller said Second Life in 2009 will change from one grid to multiple grids.
...
Next year, users will be able to run their own Second Life servers, optionally behind a firewall or temporarily, for an individual event. Residents will be able to bring the same identity with them from one private Second Life grid to another.
"

Translation: grid of grids in 2009 and users/companies will be able to do what Wells Fargo couldn't: rent from Linden Lab a completely isolated grid.

No where in that comment is it clearly stated that they're open sourcing the server code.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous dandellion Kimban said...

Actually, it doesn't matter. By that time you'll download the OpenSim code and run whatever you want from your own machine. Or rent space somewhere. Or hire somebody to adopt the code to your needs. Or find your own way to enjoy something that is opensource.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Nobody Fugazi said...

This is rather old news.

As far as whether they actually open the server code or not - it doesn't matter anymore. OpenSim is already up and running, and working its way to being better.

As far as speculating on what Prokofy Neva speculates, well- we all know she's full of it anyway. Any idiot can connect dots, and she often does. Whether she was right or wrong is a coin toss, but we all know if she's wrong she'll quickly forget she said anything about it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 12:22:00 AM  

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