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There.com and what's in it for Linux

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supermike's picture
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I just spotted this on digg.com. Below is a video example of what life is like in the 3D chatroom world, there.com.

http://www.there.com/there_movies/there_aralsdayout_hi.mov

Too bad it only runs on Windows and takes a whopping 500MB download and installation before you can get started!!! Yikes.

If only they had slimmed down the goals of the project, perhaps they could have made it work with less to download and support a larger audience of people.

Sure, this would probably do better as a Flash plug-in object or Java applet, but Richard Stallman would disapprove because Flash and Java are proprietary. Another option is something you download and install. If you build it in Python, then someone has to download cygwin on Windows and you'd have quite a bit of compatibility testing. Probably the best option, unfortunately, is to build it in a kind of Java that is Stallman-approved because it is not made by Sun. (He mentioned it in a speech, but I don't know the link. Also, I say "unfortunately" because I'm not a fan of Java.) Anyway, on all platforms, you could download the Java app and it would have a filename extension that caused it to run only under this Stallman-approved Java-like language.

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There's another similar thing that is I think even larger and more popular than there.com. It's a whole online virtual world with its own developing marketplace and many other things.
The good thing is that they have a GNU/Linux client in development and they plan to release it as Free Software (though from what I understood not immediately). I heard about it in a LUGRadio show when they talked with a guy from Linden, a corporation that developed Second Life, and he said that they eventually plan to make all of their software free. They already run alot of Debian servers for it.

If there.com doesn't even have a GNU/Linux client in development then I'd say for GNU/Linux users Second Life would be the best bet if they ever want to get involved in such a virtual world.

It sounds pretty exciting to me, but I'm not all that much attracted to it yet. For one I doubt my graphics chip would be enough for it. Second, it's still not Free Software and third it would probably take too much wasted time.

Btw, you don't need to make your choice of software based merely on wether Stallman said it's OK or not. While it is probably true that he is a good compas, just because he said so is not the reason for not using proprietary software. The reason is bigger, the freedom and control over your own (and consequently others) computing. Smiling

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I'd prefer multiplayer nethack Laughing

libervisco's picture
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Actually, I'd prefer something similar, MUSH and MUD games, like Star Trek Legacy. Laughing out loud

But that too can eat up your whole life which is why I'm not playing it..

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