Two noteworthy Second Life newsitems, today.
Firstly, IBM and Sears are partnering on a new build on the IBM island complex. The idea is to allow customers to explore the Sears product range in a more immersive environment than is currently possible with an online store. Mike Rowe gave an interview about the Sears build to 3pointD, and it is worth reading.
Secondly… a little snippet… the Second Life client has been released as an open source project! This is extremely cool. Hopefully it puts an end to the need to play around with libsecondlife – it will be interesting to see how that project goes forward now. Actually I’d only just posted about libSL to eightbar, when Roo posted the news about the full client – which kind of negates my post…
Lots of coverage, including Reuters actually referring readers to eightbar; and IBM’s Irving Wladawsky-Berger being quoted by Fortune.
Things I’d like to see:
- a stable Linux version with capabilities to match other platforms;
- a more lightweight update process that
- more HTTP integration to enable better interaction with the outside world, preferably with the ability to grab image files via HTTP;
- some kind of in-world XML parsing capabilities.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how this all develops.