Installing Secondlife on Linux

Few days ago I formatted my laptop and again made it a dual boot, but this time around I installed Ubuntu 8.10 instead of Kubuntu’s latest version and fell in love with it. I never liked Gnome but this time I couldn’t leave Gnome, even though Kubuntu with exciting features of KDE 4.1 was also attracting me. So, as I was re-installing my softwares, I thought that I should install Secondlife on linux instead of Vista(as I seldom use Vista anymore), even though I was unsuccessful last time.

Step 1 : Download the tar.bz2 file from


Step 2 : Now use your file manager to reach to the location where the file has been saved and extract it by using an archive     manager by double clicking on it .


Step 3 : After extracting move to the location where you have extracted the contents and double click the file named “secondlife” and choose the option “run” to run the file.



Step 4 : Enjoy your stay at the Virtual World.


This is the GUI approach of installing Secondlife on Linux, you can also install it by using the commandline.

Command line version of SL install on Linux :

Step1 : Download the tar.bz2 file from

Step2 : Move to the location where you saved the above downloaded file and then type the following command

anmol@anmol-laptop:~$ cd sl

In place of  “sl” the name of the folder where you downloaded the file.

anmol@anmol-laptop:~/sl$ tar xvf SecondLife-i686-

Instead of “SecondLife-i686-”, type the name of the file that you have downloaded.

Step3: Move to the extracted folder using “cd” command and then on the terminal type “./secondlife” to start SL . Steps are shown below.

anmol@anmol-laptop:~/sl$ ls
SecondLife-i686-  SecondLife-i686-
anmol@anmol-laptop:~/sl$ cd SecondLife-i686-
anmol@anmol-laptop:~/sl/SecondLife-i686-$ ./secondlife

I hope, you’ll be able to install Secondlife on your linux distro and enjoy your Secondlife to the fullest.  😀


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