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[News] Academic World Builds Virtual Worlds with Free Software (PIVOTE)

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Daden Launching Open-Source, Platform Agnostic Tool For Virtual Worlds Training

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| The core code for PIVOTE is open source, and Burden hopes others will get 
| involved. Daden itself will be providing a hosted service and plans to create 
| environments for organizations looking to use PIVOTE.  That lets Daden focus 
| on the virtual world and the universities pay attention to teaching.   
| [...]
| Other universities are already in discussion with Daden to work with PIVOTE 
| and some partners are already planning on implementing it. Likewise, Burden 
| said he'll be talking to other virtual world developers over the coming 
| months, starting with OpenSim as well as Forterra and Twinity. The more 
| platforms PIVOTE is available on, the more appealing it will be.    


University of Southern California Brings Financial and Administration
Applications to the Web with Hippo  

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| The University of Southern California (USC) has deployed the new version of 
| Apache Jetspeed, the open source enterprise portal that is maintained and 
| serviced by Hippo, on which it successfully runs its Staff Intranet since 
| 2006. The system covers USC’s Financial Information Systems and 
| Administrative Information Services departments. It provides users access to 
| university research, administration, and financial systems through a 
| web-enabled architecture and a Web 2.0 enterprise portal.       



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.


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.


realXtend Open Source Virtual Reality Platform Accelerates With Growing

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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.


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.


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

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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.


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.
| [...]
| 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.


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.



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.


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

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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
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| qualified to create their own applications whether games,e
| ducation or business projects.

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