Saturday, 7 April 2012
Opensim Bun Fight
Question: If you had a choice, which one of the following is more deserving of being sent to the electric chair?
a. A serial killer with 8 victims
b. An Opensim blogger, that questions aspects of Opensim?
Well, if you chose "b" then you are certainly in agreement with numerous people in the Opensim community!
Release the hounds!
Read this blog and associated comments.
Some then retreated to iliveisl medical tent to lick their wounds.
So whats the real beef here? Why did Maria's post ruffle feathers?
The answer lies in the time honored tradition of "software forks" - where a piece of Opensource software is taken, and modified.
Wikipedia defines it as:
"In software engineering, a project fork happens when developers take a copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct piece of software. The term often implies not merely a development branch, but a split in the developer community, a form of schism".
Inworldsz is a Fork of Opensimulator, and has been for quite a while.
Divide and Rule
That list bit of wiki's definition is pertinent - schism, as it usually applies to religious differences.
But, as in this case, computer history is littered with battlegrounds of other software forks. People get very passionate!
So passionate, they will quickly side up and fight to the death.
What has been achieved?
Someone at Linden Labs will be dancing a happy jig at all this. They would have finished their week on a high.
Nice one Opensim(and Inworldz) people! I am sure you have made at least one Labber very happy.