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« Metaversals Picking up Stakes from SL? | Main | Year In Review: Mukkake-Rakers, Cory Linden, Copybot »

December 11, 2007

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Prokofy Neva

Hamlet nee Linden Au has a blog up about this where he shows a picture of Cory Linden as the Spaghetti Monster and a trademark from Linden Research, Inc. for the screenshots (?!). He also makes the point that Cory will not likely talk about his departure as he used to work aboard a nuclear submarine in the Navy.

It's true that people who break from cults often retain a loyalty to the secrecy of the cult, and Cory may be no different here. But if he is zealous enough, and angry enough and convinced enough that he is right about some major issue, he might well talk, at least obliquely. So stay tuned.

http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2007/12/new-world-new-3.html

Prokofy Neva

I think another thing you can reason about Cory's departure is that it was not something he wanted, hence Philip's statement that he had to make a decision to ask him to leave.

If he were lured over by a competitor, he'd be announcing that he was at that competitor already, and knowing how much a part of the Linden cult he was, and a cult leader, I don't think he will be very hasty in winding up at a competitor, it's more likely he will go to some related but not directly competitive field.

So I think logically, since open-sourcing the server code is the single largest technical issue of Second Life (it's not HTML on a prim), that likely Philip and Cory disagreed on the timing, nature, type or whatever of this momentous decision.

Knowing of how aggressive Cory has been on the OS idea, but also knowing that he wrote the LSL and such it could either be that a) he wanted a quicker timetable than Philip or b) conversely, a slower one because he was a perfectionist about his own work and possibly wanted to have some other programming language become compatible with the world? I have no idea how that could work, but all talk of Mono has been on the back burner these days.

Why wouldn't Philip want to OS now? Because there isn't a business model in place. What would put a business model in place? More of those localizing or partner companies like the ones in Brazil and China.

Naoki Yifu

We only have to look at, "Long Road Behind, Long Road Ahead" to see that the dynamics are definitely changing.

http://blog.secondlife.com/2007/11/21/long-road-behind-long-road-ahead/

Nicholaz Beresford

One thing that probably needs to go into the equation is that he was CTO and thus responsible for the technical operation.

I don't even know on which side of the equation to put it (like favoring slower or faster movement on issues), but having slipped back to a middle management position (down from vice president) probably put him into the awkward position of being responsible for the areas of problems, but not having the leverage to follow the path he thought necessary to deal with them.

Naoki Yifu

BBC interviews Phillip where he touches on the recent executive decision to let LL's CTO Cory Linden go.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7144511.stm

Prokofy Neva

So they had a fight about the Love Machine?

"Our differences are more about how to run the company and how best we organise ourselves as a company going forward," he said. "We really do not have any differences in strategic direction."

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