metaverse in the crude beginning stages currently realized in Linden Lab's singular Second Life. But the fledgling 3D universe with so much promise today decided to step up do the right thing and go open source.
Second Life has generally been really cool to its users but all the greatness in Second Life: the infinite avatars, in-world currency, booming sex trade, and 100% user created universe would always just be another product - until it could be come a project. A developer investing time and love into Second Life only now has his assurance that it won't all go down the drain when a capricious Electronic Arts executive drops a chunk of change.
Soon we'll be running our little pieces of the grid off of our servers. Then we'll link them. Then we'll have a massive to celebrate the anniversary of this day: 1/8/2007 - the day the metaverse was born.