The Linux Foundation just announced the formation of the Open Metavers Foundation (OMF), whose mission is to provide a collaborative space for various industries to work on developing open source software and standards, “for an inclusive, global, vendor-neutral, and scalable Metaverse.” The foundation is taking on a topic whose development potential is immense. Although initiatives, such as that of Meta, seem to mark time, given the immensity of the task and the difficulty of structuring such a vast and complex area to develop.
There is so much to do, and it is precisely in this technological space that the Linux Foundation is positioned. This is to encourage the development of technologies and standards so that these advances make the metaverse more immersive and realistic, giving users a smoother experience. The foundation is also targeting specific use cases, such as fostering the emergence of decentralized platforms and blockchain-based solutions and enabling new use cases for the metaverse, such as digital ownership and control of virtual assets.
Organized into key interest groups
To do this, the Open Metaverse Foundation is organized into working groups, called Core Interest Groups (GIFs) that allow for a “focused and distributed decision-making structure for key topics”. GIFs provide resources and targeted forums for identifying new ideas, completing work, and engaging new contributors. They are composed of members of specific disciplines who are committed to advancing projects or evolving technologies in their field and ensuring that code ownership of each identifiable subpart of the projects (e.g., GitHub.org, repo, subdirectory, API, test, issue , RP) is processed and managed. The eight main interest groups of the WTO are:
- Digital assets
- Simulations and virtual worlds
- artificial intelligence
- Security and privacy
- Legal and political
The foundation announces that many “major” open source organizations and communities have joined the founding members, including ChainHub, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Futurewei, GenXP, Guangdong Digital Industry Research Institute, Hyperledger, LF Edge, LF Networking, among others . These actors intend to bring their experience, address initiatives that cover the most critical topics such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and edge computing, digital assets, transactions, identity, networking, simulations , security, etc.
The metaverse, a real-world platform
Come to think of it, the Metaverse is nothing more than the “platformization of reality” that promises to suck up a chunk of the business that’s done in the real world. The Linux Foundation intends to influence the technological evolution of the metaverse, as it has done by promoting open source. It has helped democratize the use of free software, which has led to the development of a wide range of software applications that can be used free of charge by businesses and individuals. By providing a neutral platform for collaboration and the development of new technologies, it has helped create a number of now essential open source projects, including the Linux kernel, Kubernetes and Hyperledger, which have become essential technology building blocks of the ICT sector.
Since there is currently no universally recognized standard for the metaverse, that remains to be done. It is a question of not leaving the field free for private companies, rich enough to develop their proprietary metaverses. Market fragmentation which would slow down rapid adoption and induce longer standardization cycles. Indeed, several companies and organizations are working on developing standards for different technologies in the metaverse, such as virtual reality, avatars and digital rights management. Additionally, several industry groups, such as the Virtual World Education Roundtable, are working to establish guidelines and best practices for developing and using the metaverse.