Interesting proposal from Douglas Maxwell, manager of the U.S. Army’s MOSES OpenSimulator project, which recently got an open source, web-based viewer, for an independent, civilian-run foundation to manage development and evolution of the codebase:
This organization would not be controlled by MOSES in any way, but a parallel civilian entity that shares our work ethic and philosophy for the application of virtual world technology to civilian educational and training uses. Ideally, this foundation would be supported through membership fees, research grants, and service contracts. The foundation should support a staff of code and content maintainers. This foundation would be responsible for the maintenance of a source code repository that would serve as an official residence for a safe and secure open source simulator.
On the surface this looks like a great idea and boon to the future of open source-based virtual worlds:
Such a foundation could help the civilian version of MOSES evolve into a really powerful and stable platform that educators, non-profit orgs, and even for-profit projects could build on. On the other side, to judge the high drama, inside baseball flamewars going on in the comment thread of Douglas' post, it may be tough to even get that far.
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