Linden Lab has released the source code for the Second Life
Viewer under the GPLv2 free software license
, opening up its virtual world's client to a host of potential new features and improvements. The 'open source' announcement comes amidst a period of scrutiny in which the media has begun to debunk the hype
and seriously question Linden Lab's reported SL
user base; a recent estimate
suggests that Linden Lab has inflated user numbers by more than 2 million.
Since the source code release has arrived sooner than anticipated, it's no stretch to suggest Linden Lab is attempting to redirect media buzz. Ploy or not, the open source SL
era brings with it an opportunity for an unproven developer to generate some
Update: clarified that this is a release of the client (not full game) source code.