OpenTV – Free and Open Source YouTube TV

Yet another great Free and Open Source offering from Xstreet SL Marketplace. The OpenTV enables you to play videos from YouTube on parcels that you own in Second Life. It is simple, easy to use, and powerful. It is also Open Source so feel free to modify and distribute it under the terms of the GPLv3.


  • Load URLS from YouTube
  • Customizable list of Channels
  • Set Screen Size (4:3, 16:9, … )
  • Full Permissions
  • Completely Free and Open (GPLv3 Licence)

Instructions on how to use the TV can be found here.

Open Source sculpt tool in Second Life – Open Loft

Open Loft is an Open Source sculpting tool for use in Second Life. It consists of a series of scripts and objects that enable you to create sculpted prims in world.

It is available free from Xstreet SL and it is Open Source, so can be modified and redistributed under the terms of the GPLv3.

The creator Falados Kapuskas has developed several Open Source tools and scripts for translations, animations, building and more. All of the items are available free and are all on the Xstreet SL website.

Jokaydia Unconference

The Jokaydia Unconference will be held this weekend in Second Life. Everyone is welcome to come along and participate, for further information click here

Newbies Please Note: We have planned a number of sessions especially for educators who are interested in gaining some Second Life skills! Join us to ask questions, learn about the Second Life interface and find out more about the Islands of jokaydia!

Looking forward to it!

Open source scripts in Second Life

I have found a couple of scripts which may be useful to educators and builders in Second Life.

The Linked Prim Animator Lite (LPAL) is a set of open source scripts which enable you to animate linked objects and attachments . LPAL is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation.

Open Babel Fish is an open source babbler, the scripts run on Google Translate and a php script that must be placed on your own web host.

Both scripts can be purchased free from SL exchange. Its really awesome to see such useful tools being released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, so that we can freely modify them to suit our needs and in doing so contribute to the project.

Second Life viewer available under GNU GPL

On Top of the Virtual World

The Second Life Viewer source code has been released under the GNU General Public License, the most well known and widely used [[Free_software]] License. Read the press release. I haven’t had a really close look at the code, at a glance it looks like you would have to install some non-free software to build the client or disable the sound. Its tempting to build it but I think I’ll wait a while, someones likely to build an Ubuntu package though I’m not sure they’ll be able to distribute it. You can download Second Life binaries free of charge and play it online for Mac OSX and windows, the Linux client is still alpha. I’ve used 2 previous versions of the Linux client and they seemed fine so if the thought of compiling source code isnt your thing then download that version.

Wikipedia: [[Second_Life]]

Second Life (abbreviated SL) is an online virtual world provided by Linden Lab which came to international attention in late 2006 and early 2007. Through a client program, subscription-based users interact with other users through avatars, providing an advanced social network service.

While SL is referred to as a game, it, in general, does not have points, scores, winners or losers, levels, an end-strategy, or most of the other characteristics of games. Users, who are often called “Residents” amongst themselves, explore, meet other users, participate in individual and group activities or “events”, buy items, virtual property and services from one another. Long-term users learn new skills and mature socially, climbing a virtual hierarchy.

In Second Life, some people earn a living, some big companies have their own islands and hold global conferences, you can wander around and run into well known celebrities and Harvard Law School offers portions of its course in the virtual world. Read the [[Second_Life]] article on Wikipedia for more information and statistics.

There’s been a lot of discussion about the use of virtual environments in education some of them use dungeons and dragons escapist fantasy MMORPG’s, Second Life is better than that, rather then assembling your gang of undead necromancers and troll warriors to go slay the elf godess for her +50 charisma breastplate and hoard it from your guild members, you do cool stuff like create things and add value to the world.

For people that follow Planet TALO you will have seen that Jokay has been actively exploring the use of Second Life in education for quite some time now so make sure you visit her blog and check out her research. She’s developed some really interesting activities and built up an area for training.