|Linden Lab, developer of the Second Life, virtual online world, is releasing an open source versions of its client software. All independent programmers will be able to "modify it, fire it up and sign on with it," says Philip Rosedale, Linden CEO.|
Over 15% of Second Life's residents are currently writing code using internal scripting language, generating 7 million lines of new code every week. "We feel we may already have a bigger group of people writing code than any shared project in history, including Linux," says Rosedale.
Linden Lab claims 2.5 million "residents" of Second Life, but the service has only around 250,000 active members (those who still sign in more than 30 days after registering.) However, that group of active users is currently growing at about 15 percent per month.
Many companies already have dedicated teams to explore business potential of Second Life, including IBM, Sun, Autodesk and Philips.
Source: Second Life to go open source