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  Linden Lab Separates ‘Second Life’ Product From Platform  
Posted 2007-09-05 by Tony Walsh
Yesterday, Linden Lab split Second Life, its virtual world product, from the Second Life Grid, its virtual world platform. The new distinction isn't as subtle as it might seem at first glance--traditionally, the Second Life brand had referred to the entire package, but now Linden Lab has created two distinct packages it can maintain (or sell) somewhat separately. Second Life (the product) could be seen more as an experience than a technology, and therefore could be offered on a variety of platforms, through Linden Lab or a third party. Second Life (the current platform) is, we are lead to believe, destined to be open-sourced, and may eventually be able to be operated by anyone with appropriate resources.

To support the separation of product and platform, Linden Lab launched, a resource for those looking to use the Second Life Grid in professional or academic settings, and the Second Life Global Providers program, aimed at bringing international communities to the Second Life Grid. One step closer to a "3D web?" Depends on whether or not the Second Life Grid becomes an open source standard. Given the age of the 4 year-old platform, I'm not sure there's going to be a rush to adopt the technology.
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