As you have probably seen, Linden Lab and IBM intend to work together to advance the future of 3D Virtual Worlds. This is the latest of many steps in open source development in Second Life, from the formation of the Architecture Working Group with Second Life Residents, and our participation in events like HackDay London, developing new technologies and methodologies based on open standards is our commitment to expanding virtual worlds.
In general, Linden Lab and IBM will collaborate on integrating virtual worlds and the current Web, improving the stability of the platform, increasing interoperability, securing transactions, and bringing us closer to the creation of universal avatars.
We have a long way to go, so we’re excited that more companies are adding expertise and knowledge to that of our Residents. However you want to participate, you can find resources at the Second Life Grid.