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Researchers use Open Source virtual world for language teaching

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| Realtown builds on an Open Source Distributed Interactive Virtual
| Environments (DIVE) installation, which was developed by the Swedish
| Institute of Computer Science in the 1990s.
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http://www.itnews.com.au/News/NewsSt...px?story=86685


Recent:

OpenSim on half a buck a day

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| I recently decided to see what the big deal was about OpenSim. After
| initially installing it on my desktop computer and connecting to it with the
| latest Release Candidate viewer, I decided to try to set it up on an
| inexpensive hosting account to see how feasible it was to run a real sim live
| on the Internet. Today's blog post talks a bit about how I did it, it's not a
| how-to guide, and you'll probably need to be a bit of a Linux geek to follow
| along, but hopefully you find it interesting.
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http://emmanowhere.blogspot.com/2008...-buck-day.html


realXtend Open Source Virtual Reality Platform Accelerates With Growing
Ecosystem

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| Working in cooperation with the City of Oulu, Finland and Oulu Innovation,
| Global Connexus today announced that the realXtend open source virtual
| reality platform adoption is accelerating, extending the support of an
| interconnected network of 3D virtual worlds with rich, multi-user
| experiences. Nokia and the City of Oulu, Finland have joined the supporters
| of the realXtend project aimed at developing the world's best virtual world
| platform on an open source basis.
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http://sanjose.dbusinessnews.com/sho...pe_news=latest


The university of tomorrow could be in a virtual world.

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| Many universities today have a campus built on the Second Life online
| platform. Sun has gone one better and built their own platform from the
| ground up and in Sun tradition, it is an open source project.
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http://www.bangkokpost.com/011008_Da...008_data70.php


3-D virtual reality environment developed at UC San Diego helps scientists
innovate

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| Each pair of projectors is powered by a high-end, quad-core PC running on
| Linux, with dual graphics processing units and dual network cards to achieve
| gigabit Ethernet or 10GigE networking.
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http://www.universityofcalifornia.ed.../article/18585


IBM and Linden Lab Interoperability Announcement

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| This is a historic day for Second Life, and for virtual worlds in general.
| IBM and Linden Lab have announced that research teams from the two companies
| successfully teleported avatars from the Second Life Preview Grid into a
| virtual world running on an OpenSim server, marking the first time an avatar
| has moved from one virtual world to another.
|
| [...]
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| An open standard for interoperability based on the Open Grid Protocol would
| allow users to cross freely from one world to another, just as they can go
| from one Web site to another on the Internet today.
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http://blog.secondlife.com/2008/07/0...-announcement/


Beyond Second Life: Virtual Worlds' Second Wind

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| Moreover, Google seems to have shot itself in the foot by requiring Lively
| users (Liveliers? Livelivers??) to be running Windows XP or Vista. It can
| hardly be beyond the wit of the massed Google geniuses to come up with a
| cross-platform solution that runs on GNU/Linux and the Mac as well. Maybe
| this focus on Windows reflects the kind of user they expect to get excited
| about creating an avatar (wow!) and chatting with friends in rooms you design
| (far out, man!). It's hard not to see Lively as another Orkut, Google's
| me-too social network that nobody outside members of certain Brazilian
| subcultures seems to use these days.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/toolb...1012&blogid=14


Related:

Semantic Wonderland

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| Among the most impressive demos at JavaOne was the open sourced
| Project Wonderland which James Gosling presented during his Toy
| show. It is a virtual world that grew out of project Looking Glass,
| the 2.5D Java Desktop that was unveiled a couple of years ago.
|
| [...]
|
| Apparently one gets the best out of wonderland by running it on Linux,
| as one can then interact with real X applications.
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http://blogs.sun.com/bblfish/entry/semantic_wonderland


Watch out Second Life: China launches virtual universe with seven million
souls

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| Second Life's supporters claim it has three "killer" applications.
| First, unlike the internet, it has a system for micropayments using
| its own currency, Linden dollars, which are convertible into real
| dollars. Second, unlike other virtual worlds such as the massively
| popular World of Warcraft, it lets residents keep the intellectual
| property rights to what they create. Third, its owner, Linden Lab,
| recently welcomed the "open source" movement, allowing anyone
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| qualified to create their own applications whether games,e
| ducation or business projects.
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http://technology.guardian.co.uk/new...d=networkfront
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