The Linux Foundation has announced plans to build its own open source metaverse, following the principles of the free operating system. According to the foundation, the project is “as impactful as the World Wide Web” and would have the support of companies and developers to achieve success.
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The initiative is called the Open Metaverse Foundation (OMF), made up of small groups to address the various nuances of the project. Each team will be responsible for a “piece” of the metaverse, such as transactions, world creation, visual design, network structure, digital security and privacy, legal issues, operating policies and other aspects.
The OMF is the result of the meeting of several communities and organizations that defend open source, such as ChainHub Foundation, OpenSDV and Veriken. The idea is that each one brings experiences, knowledge and proposals to build the persistent digital world.
Licensing and governance at OMF will follow practices already adopted by the Linux Foundation. Contributions will be licensed under Apache 2.0 and MIT, allowing anyone to use, modify, extend, and distribute the source code without any fees or commercial obligations.
Although it is an ambitious project, everything is still in the theory phase and should take some time to get off the ground. “We are still in the early days of the vision of an open Metaverse and we recognize that many open source communities and foundations are working on vital pieces of this iterative puzzle,” explained OMF Executive Director Royal O’Brien in a published note. on the official website.
Creating a metaverse along the lines of Linux will require a lot of commitment from developers, mainly because there is still no concept per se. Several companies are working on their own projects, with Meta’s proposal (owner of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) being the most popular.
That the Linux community is extremely committed to results, no one has any doubts. However, with the crypto winter and the fall of NFTs, demand for metaverses seems to have cooled off. It remains to be seen how the open source version will work: what will be its applicability, whether it will be possible to profit from it and, mainly, whether people will be willing to venture into this digital universe.