Second Life Open-Sources Its Viewer Application

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-01-08 Email Print this article Print

Linden Lab has open-sourced its Second Life client application. (Linux-Watch)

Linden Lab, creator of the "Second Life" online virtual world, is open-sourcing the code of the site's viewer application, enabling developers to make modifications, enhancements or add new features to the Second Life Viewer.

The third-party support libraries and open-source code are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

The Second Life Viewer is used by subscribers (aka "Residents") to access the virtual world's "Grid." Freely-downloadable from the Second Life Web site, the Viewer software enables Residents to control their in-world avatars, interact with each other via IM (instant message), create content, buy and sell objects, access multimedia content, and navigate around the virtual environment.

Linden Lab has released the Viewer source code under the GNU GPLv2 (General Public License, version 2), as well as under a separate license for entities that wish to reserve the ability to create proprietary extensions for the viewer.

Currently, due to third-party licensing restrictions, some proprietary components are still necessary for an optimal experience, according to the company.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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