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A virtual world of your own

Perhaps at Linden Lab they did not expect this outcome, when they released the source code of the Second Life viewer last year…

The OpenSimulator team has somewhat reverse-engineered the server part as well, and released its code – so everybody could now be able to download it and launch his own private 3D world (or add a region to a public grid). Here is mine, running on my laptop (the server console is on the left, the viewer on the right):

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It made me relive the emotion I felt more than 10 years ago, when I ran a web server for development purposes on my computer for the first time. Or when, as a schoolboy, I unwrapped a new folder of drawing sheets: it was there, in front of me, waiting to be filled with whatever I had liked…

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