How many times has OpenSim been downloaded?

I recently needed an estimate for how many times OpenSim has been downloaded. Unfortunately, the main site only began keeping statistics a couple of months ago. All we have is Diva Distro stats and Sim-on-a-Stick stats.

The total number of Diva Distro downloads to date are about 19,000. The total number of Sim-on-a-Sticks is about 17,000.

Since May 2010, the Divas have been averaging 590 new downloads a month.

Meanwhile, there were 2,500 downloads from the site over the past two months. It makes sense that the download rate from the main site would be higher than the Diva Distro, since it takes some hunting around to learn that the Divas exist, and to find the downloads.

I’m going to assume that when the Diva Distro download numbers go up — say, when there’s a new release version — a similar spike in downloads occurred on the main download site. And when Diva downloads go down because of less interest, or seasonal changes, then the same thing happens on the main site.

That would put the total number of downloads at an estimated 38,000 since May of 2010.

Adding in the Diva and Sim-on-a-Stick numbers we get 74,000 downloads of OpenSim since May 2010.

Does this number mean anything? Not really. It doesn’t mean that there are 74,000 grids out there. Someone could download the software and never use it — or download it once and set up a hundred grids.

The numbers are mostly useful historically, to see trends — is the number of downloads increasing or decreasing?

But some folks like hearing that there was a large number of downloads because it gives them psychological comfort. They want know that they’re not the first guys downloading this scary software.

So the official Hypergrid Business estimate of OpenSim downloads as of January 29, 2013 is 74,000 downloads since May 2010.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

1 Response

  1. Ener Hax says:

    Interesting stats and I think they are as accurate as anyone could hope for. The best thing to get more comfort out there is for people to share their experiences via text, pics, and video.

    Even though I post daily (40 months straight), I haven’t had much out there for people to experience. Now that I have a few things on Kitely I can see the amount of time people have been in there. Every minute is a minute to make an impression and spark others to explore OpenSim.

    Sim-on-a-Stick numbers don’t mean much, as you said, because they don’t reflect the success of the individual either. I just learned tonight that Pathfinder used it to do the initial work on his beautiful home sim that he runs off his own machine.