Well it looks like Google wants a piece of the virtual world pie with the launch of their Lively service today. Currently Second Life and soon to be launched “Home” from Sony for the ps3 are the main players in this field. What makes Lively any different than what Home or Second Life can do? Like all other services Google provides, Lively is accessible from the web. No need for dedicated hardware to fire this world up!
It would be even MORE cool if I could install this on my linux box. Right now the software only supports Windows with IE or Firefox. So it is not yet Google-global like their other services. I do hope they change that soon.