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New World Newsfeed: My GigaOM Interview With M. Linden

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Will Mark Kingdon’s Reign Boost Second Life? - GigaOM

M. talks SL versus Lively, interoperability, profitability,  IPO rumors, his immediate three point strategy, and more.  The article features quotes from a much, much larger interview, some of which I'll be posting here next week. 

Assuming they came up in our conversation, what topics are you most curious to have M. Linden address?

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Korayama Savard

Very well done.

Laetizia Coronet

The issue of PG and Mature and if the present lack of freedoms and subsequent LL crackdown on Resident self-expression is to be changed to a standard more in step with the rest of the civilised world.

Sean McDunnough

Did you ask the glaringly obvious questions that Adam Reuters failed to ask in his recent interview with Joe Miller regarding Linden Lab's relationship with OpenSim?

Whatever happened to their promise to open source the server software sometime this year? Or do they think no-one will notice they haven't released it now those eager for alternatives are focused on OpenSim? Is this a deliberate strategy to let the OpenSim developers take ages to catch up rather than just give them the code as they keep promising to do?!

And what about the plans to allow other institutions to host their own Second Life grids using the official Second Life software? Isn't this what http://secondlifegrid.net/ was supposed to be about?

These issues seem to have fallen completely off the radar.

Hamlet Au

I did talk with M more about the interoperability stuff and will include that. Not specifically about the server open source promise, but I think you can read between the lines.

Marianne McCann

What would I like to hear? One simple question: With all the focus lately on the commercial end of Second Life, what initiatives are underway to ensure to continues nurturing of the community and culture of Second Life?

My hope is that Linden Lab does not make the mistake of many Web 1.0 startups and forsake their userbase in favor of short term corporate partnerships and such.

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