Grid activity down slightly in January

This year begins with an anniversary celebration on Dorena’s World,  rapid growth on the newly-opened Great Canadian Grid, and a positive reaction to pricing changes on Kitely.

The top 40 OpenSim grids by land area reported 31,136 total regions this month, a new record high. The total number of registered users jumped by 6,377 to another record high — 330,398. However, active user numbers dropped by 247, to 18,368. This could be due to users taking time off for the holidays, or schools shutting down their grids for winter breaks.

Jan 2014 Top 40 region counts

The biggest gainer was the non-profit OSgrid, with 477 new regions, followed by Kitely with 406 new regions, and Metropolis with 101.

There were 248 public grids active at least some of the time over the past month, 211 of which reported statistics. There were a total of 33,380 regions, 346,468 registered users and 20,273 active users on those 211 grids.This count does not include private grids, such as grids run behind school firewalls, or grids set up to run large corporate simulations, or the more than 2,001 mini-grids running on personal New World Studio installations.

There are now over 7,000 more regions on the public OpenSim grids than in Second Life.

OpenSim has an edge over Second Life when it comes to land because individuals can set up regions for free, or rent regions from a number of vendors competing on both price and service at about a tenth the price of similar Second Life regions.

However, active OpenSim user numbers on the public grids are a tiny fraction of Second Life’s active user base.

Popularity

For company and school grids, relative popularity is not an issue — the grids are set up for a specific purpose, and if they meet that purpose, then they are successful. The same is true for grids run by niche communities or that serve a special need not met elsewhere.

But when it comes to general-purpose social grids, the rule of thumb is: the bigger and busier, the better. People looking to make new friends look for grids that already have the most users. Merchants looking to sell content will go to the grids with the most potential customers. Event organizers looking for the biggest audience… you get the idea.

With that in mind, here are the 10 most popular grids this month:

There wasn’t much change on the popularity list this month. Kitely fell a spot as a result of losing 119 active users either due to pricing changes or seasonal variation. 3rd Rock Grid also fell a spot, as  a result of losing 67 active users. German Grid completely fell off the top ten most active list, as a result of losing 19 active users even as Logicamp picked up 10 new ones.

The single biggest change in active users was on InWorldz, which lost 287 but this change was small compared to the grid’s total user base. InWorldz also gained 1,803 new registered users, more than twice as many new registrations as its closest competitor, Avination, which gained 740 new registered users. Kitely saw 641 new registrations, OSgrid saw 574 new registrations, and Metropolis reported 169.

Overall, there was a net loss of 247 active users on the top 40 grids, possibly due to seasonal effects. People may be spending more time with their families, and school grids may be scaling back their activities.

News from around the grids

We have a major new grid launch, an anniversary celebration, and lots of music event announcements.

Great Canadian Grid filling up fast

The Great Canadian Grid launched just around two weeks ago, at the end of 2013, and since then more than 1,600 people have visited the website, and 70 people have become official residents.

And more than 18,000 content items have been donated to get the grid started, grid owner Roddie Macchi told Hypergrid Business.

“Tons of Canadians — knowing that our grid is the first of its kind — have been sending us fully licensed free content of their own creations in  for us to put out on our Great Canadian Grid to help us,” he said.

And Frozen North, the owner and creator of Yukon Homes, has joined the grid to provide handcrafted virtual log homes for grid residents. Speaking of homes, the grid is also giving away free 600-prim homestead parcels, and the lots are going fast, said Macchi.

Check out the grid by teleporting in via the hypergrid to 162.220.166.151:9000. 

The hypergrid connectivity won’t stay up for long, Macchi added, as the grid expands. Meanwhile, discounts are available for large businesses looking to expand to the grid.

The nude beach on the Great Canadian Grid. Brrr. (Image courtesy Great Canadian Grid.)

The nude beach on the Great Canadian Grid. Brrr. (Image courtesy Great Canadian Grid.)

Dorena’s World marks anniversary with music, race, hypergrid tour

The German-language Dorena’s World turns four years old this month, and you can read all about the events planned on the grid here.

“We are proud to say that over the years we have grown a small but active community of residents, whose personal relations often exceed the range of mere virtual connection,” grid owner Dorena Verde told Hypergrid Business.  “We thank our residents for four years of true companionship. We had lots of fun together and hope for many more years with all of you!”

The celebration starts out on Friday, January 17 with an evening of Irish music and beer on the grid’s oldest pub, Gulliver’s Pub, on the Anachronia region. Metaverse residents can teleport in via hypergrid to dorenas-world.de:8002:Anachronia.

The festivities continue with a downhill race on the Landing region at dorenas-world.de:8002:Landing where participants are allowed to use any vehicle they wish.

On Sunday, OpenSim Creations founder Vanish Seriath will present the “OpenSim Hypergrid Tour 2014,” also on the Landing region.

(Image courtesy Dorena's World.)

(Image courtesy Dorena’s World.)

OpenSim ‘well received’ at the Pentagon

Douglas Maxwell, founder of the MOSES grid and science and technology manager for virtual world strategic applications at the U.S. Army Research Lab, was called to the Pentagon this past month to provide an overview of OpenSim and the MOSES grid.

“The briefing was well received and we were commended for our efforts,” he told Hypergrid Business.

The group also conducted a training experiment in which one group of soldiers heard a traditional classroom presentation and another got their training inside a virtual world.

“They were then put in a live training environment and their performance evaluated to see if there was any difference in their ability to complete the mission they were trained for,” he said.

The results of this test will be coming soon, he added.

The Defense Department's MOSES grid. (Image courtesy MOSES.)

The Defense Department’s MOSES grid. (Image courtesy MOSES.)

Metropolis has big plans for 2014

The Metropolis grid plans to release a new update to its website by the end of this month, which will include new region management tools such as saving and uploading OAR region backup files and IAR inventory backup files.

One unique feature — the ability to “isolate” a region by reserving all the empty spots surrounding it, so that nobody else can place their region next door.

“At the moment it is about 20 percent ready to use,” grid founder Lena Vanilli told Hypergrid Business.

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New region management tools on the Metropolis grid. (Image courtesy Metropolis.)

The grid will also move forward with its plans for the Metro Parliament, an experiment in grid democracy.

“In 2013, we were able to hold the first session,” Vanilli said in a report posted on the grid website. Now, the parliamentary procedures have been drafted and are expected to be finalized by the end of the first quarter. “Then democracy can find its way into the Metro,” Vanilli said.

In other plans, the grid will be carrying out “far-reaching changes” in grid assets, communications, and hypergrid connectivity.

“The keyword here is: decentralization,” she said.

Metropolis will also release its own version of the OpenSim software, designed to allow users to easily and quickly connect regions to the Metropolis grid or to set up their own standalone mini-grids. The first release of this tool will be available before the end of June, she said.

Metropolis will also be hosting the Summer of Arts, a biannual event to which the grid will be contributing three regions. Preparatory work begins in April.

Summer of Arts on Metropolis in 2012. (Image courtesy Metropolis.)

Summer of Arts on Metropolis in 2012. (Image courtesy Metropolis.)

Kitely donates 32 patches and bug fixes

The cloud-based Kitely grid has donated 32 patches and bug fixes since the start of the year, Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business.

These patches mostly deal “with permissions and object persistence to make sure that content creators will be able to reliably sell content in OpenSim,” he said.

Kitely is getting ready to roll out multi-grid content delivery from Kitely Market, which will be followed by full hypergrid connectivity.

Littlefield opens art gallery

On Thursday — tomorrow, January 16 — the BioLabs region of Littlefield grid will be hosting the grand opening of the Littlefield Art Gallery.

This is a joint venture between the grid and BioTech Labs, grid owner Walter Balazic told Hypergrid Business.

“Artist presentation from around the grid and around the hypergrid are welcome,” he said. The region is accessible via hypergrid teleport to lfgrid.com:8002:BioLabs.

Then, on Saturday, January 25, the grid will be celebrating Australia Day with a dance at the Speakeasy Dance Club, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pacific. Teleport to lfgrid.com:8002:speakeasy.

Spellscape grid launches marketplace

The magic-themed Spellscape grid has just launched an online market , currently in public beta testing.

“We now have a marketplace system with direct delivery to users inworld inventory,” grid manager Xander Bing told Hypergrid Business. “We are still working on some minor features at this time. All the main functions such as taking items from a merchants inventory and delivery to customers are working well. The items listed at this time are mainly Linda Kellie freebies but as we continue to build the grid and develop our game module we will be adding our own items and hope that our users will start listing their own creations as well.”

(Image courtesy Spellscape.)

(Image courtesy Spellscape.)

Avatar Sex Grid opens hypergrid visitor areas

The folks behind the Avatar Sex Grid are ready for the public again after some technical difficulties — and have opened six of its 21 regions to hypergrid visitors, to make it easier for everyone to get a sense of the grid.

The rest of the grid, however, is only accessible to premium members, who have local accounts and pay a membership fee to be part of the grid.

“We still have work to do with the website and such but we think and hope the grid is now more or less finished,” grid founder Gennifer Eros told Hypergrid Business.

Avatar Sex Grid -- ASG Home

ASG Home, the welcome area of Avatar Sex Grid, can be reached via hypergrid teleport.

3rd Rock Grid announces land sale

The closed commercial 3rd Rock Grid is holding a “two for one” land sale during the months of February and March, with no setup fees and a bonus of GO$500 in local currency for each customer.

Customers who pay for three months in advance will get a GO$1,000 bonus, and those who pay for twelve months up front will get the 13th month free.

The grid has also changed its pricing structure a bit, with mainland regions less expensive to encourage development, said Butch Arnold, who was just named general manager and technical lead for the grid. Grid owner Jim St. Clair — also known as Lazuli Pooraka in-world — is now responsible for customer relations, including overseeing community events and handling customer service issues.

The grid has recently upgraded to OpenSim 0.7.6, the latest stable release, and has rolled out the new Bullet physics engine and the Warp3D map module.

“We have also added the ability for our users to download copies of their regions in an OAR format and we have made several upgrades to our platform including load balancing which will present our users with a much smoother and more stable experience,” Arnold told Hypergrid Business.

The OAR are exports are filtered based on permissions, he added.

“If an item does not allow copy and transfer to the owner, it is simply not included in the OAR file,” he said.

The grid is also looking for help, both in-world and technical. Those interested should contact Arnold at [email protected].

“The upcoming months will bring many new and exciting changes to our feature lineup so stay tuned,” he said.

Virtual Highway gets ready for romance

The winter holidays are barely over, but Virtual Highway is already breaking ground on it’s Valentine’s Day-themed Festival Park project.

The grid is also welcoming new performers and DJs to the grid, including Welsh singer-songwriter Lyn Carlberg, known as “Mr. Romance of Second Life.”

“He likes to sing traditional Irish and Welse love songs and has a collection of original songs of his own,” said Virtual Highway grid founder Gene Call. He also performs bluesy and romantic covers of Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison and other soft-rock and folk classics.

Another new arrival is Dial Halostar, billed as “the Scintillating Songstress of Torch, Blues and Jazz.”

Call also mentioned that visitors should stop by The Garage, an adult venue located on the Woodstock1 region. On most Monday nights, DJ Justme Troncon will go from one one-liner to another while he and his friends play old rock, blues and jazz.  This past Monday, the venue hosted DJ Wolfette’s Gender Bender Ball.

Master Kaj  Qinan  at the Garage on the Virtual Highway grid. (Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Master Kaj Qinan at the Garage on the Virtual Highway grid. (Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Possibly as a result of its packed activities and events calendar, the grid has doubled in size over the course of the past year. Land area more than doubled from 123 to 260 regions, registered users also more than doubled from 808 to 1977, and finally active users also more than doubled, from 119 a month to 256.

Now, the grid is preparing for more growth, Call told Hypergrid Business.

“We are busy reviewing our customer service processes to ensure we can meet our goals of providing excellent service to all of our residents both new and long standing,” he said. “We are also expanding the staff team and have recently been lucky enough to recruit several new team members to key roles. Interest is growing in the recently re-launched Virtual Highway forum and several enhancements have already been added to the Virtual Highway website in 2014, with more improvements planned during the months ahead.”

Virtual Highway grid headquarters. (Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Virtual Highway grid headquarters. (Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

SpotOn3D shows no signs of life

SpotOn3D, once a significant commercial grid, has shown no signs of life for the past two months, and we’re now considering it closed.

There has been no grid-related activity on its Facebook page, Twitter feed, or official blog and its loginURI has been dead.

As of publication date, there’s been no response to emails or telephone messages asking for information.

Transitions

We’re listing 20 grids as suspended this month because we haven’t been able to get to their grid info pages or websites this month, including: Adrianopolis, Aspire Eternals, Athabasca University, Aycerus , Bess Research, Black Africa, Campus MINT, ChatCafe3D, Concadia, Dankoville, Esoteric Island, Fantasygrid, HomeTown, KTU Uzem, Nilsen, Pegasus, Tamerlane Grid, TaylorWorld, Virtual Earth Grid, and Worlds End.

Meanwhile, we’ve added several new grids to our database, including Digilands21423D Greek Educational AreaTellusNuevoMundoSecrets of Nuub, ZiggyZoo, and the Great Canadian Grid.

If there’s a public grid we’re not tracking, please email us at [email protected]. There’s no centralized way to find OpenSim grids, so if you don’t tell us about it, and Google doesn’t alert us, we won’t know about it.

The stats page for the standard OpenSimulator distribution reported 3,132 new downloads this month, for a total of more than 18,630 downloads of OpenSim from the official website since this time last year by our count. Interpolating based on trends from other distribution, the Hypergrid Business estimate of OpenSim downloads from the official website is a little bit over 112,000.

The stats page for the Diva Distro, a user-friendly distribution of OpenSim, reported 482 downloads this month, for a grand total of over 28,000 downloads since the distribution was first released in May of 2011.

Sim-on-a-Stick, a packaged version of the Diva Distro, was downloaded 868 times this month, for over 26,000 downloads total since the distribution was first released in May 2011.

The New World Studio, which allows people to set up private grids in just a few clicks with a fully automated installer, recently began publishing its usage statistics. As of today, it reports 17,590  regions on 2,001 different active grids running on this distribution of OpenSim. That’s an increase of 8,405 new regions, and 8,405 new grids.

Adding in the three other major distributions of OpenSim, we estimate that the OpenSim server software has been downloaded more than 175,000 times since the start of 2010.

Meanwhile, according to data from The Hypergates, the number of hypergate jumps on their network this month dropped by 3, to 3,294. The system now has 773 registered hypergates, up by 21 compared to month, on 65 different grids.

This data is very limited, however. For example, not all hypergates are part of The Hypergates network — anyone can create their own hypergate by dropping a script on any object, such as our touch or walk-through single-destination hypergate script. In addition, many people do hypergrid jumps without using any gate at all, simply by typing a hypergrid address into Map-Search, or by using a hypergrid landmark created during a previous jump. There is currently no way of tracking that traffic.

Comparison of OpenSim and Second Life region counts, with growth projections.

Comparison of OpenSim and Second Life region counts, with growth projections. The top purple line is the sum total of regions on OpenSim and Second Life.

Meanwhile, Second Life continued to lose land, according to data from GridSurvey, with 105 fewer regions today than the same time last month. The Second Life grid now has 26,213 regions total, down 1,736  regions from this time last year, and 5,672 fewer regions than its peak in June of 2010. According to GridSurvey, the last time the grid was this small was in May of 2009.

January Region Counts on the Top 40 Grids

The list below is a small subset of existing OpenSim grids. We are now tracking a total of 783 different publicly-accessible grids, 248 of which were active this month, and 211 of which published their statistics.

Many school, company or personal grids do not publish their numbers.

The raw data for this month’s report is here. A list of all active grids is here.

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  • Lani Global

    Growing!
    Think of this as the total playground of a huge metaverse that TPV (Third Party Viewers) users can play in.

    • David Rossetti

      Response’s here regarding Luna is rude, mean, and nasty.
      nothing wrong with reporting stolen things without the owners permission,
      To attack Luna instead of condemned the grid hosting stolen works shows the world your true colors,
      Vanish has already admitted several times using the darkstorm viewer a copybot viewer in other articles
      http://opensim-creations.com/forums/topic/whats-your-favorite-viewer/
      I bet every single one of you attacking minus maria has the viewer then use it when something catches your eyes fancy huh, just know Luna is well respected and knows all the big top sellers in second life that she will let know of your continued freebie mentality after all these years.
      stay away from second life we don’t want you two faced Open Sim people their just stay here as a pack of thieves with the same hate mumbling you always do about our grid, I know whats wrong, and I”ve told you.

      • Vanish

        There are a few things wrong with reporting “stolen things”:

        1. It’s not stolen. It’s a copy.
        2. It’s not proven that the alleged “original” is really the original.
        3. It’s not clear if the items haven’t been used with permission
        4. It’s not even clear if there has been an infringement under canadian law, or which jurisdiction applies in the first place

        Nobody but the creators of the items have any stake in this, or any legal hold. All you’re doing is creating drama and stir trouble. That’s neither necessary nor adequate.

        My point is that:
        A. Whoever claims to hold the rights over an item should handle the issue and
        B. Everyone else should wait for a legal outcome until you form any opinion on this. The last time anyone went to court over “stolen” items in SL was the Curio/Hush case, and that didn’t quite go so well.

        P.S.: Are you speaking for all SL users in your last sentence? If so, who appointed you, of all people?

      • Arielle

        Not likely that top creators are going to stay away from opensim because where else are they going to be able to setup as many sims as they like for free?
        My suggestion would be for you to go and clean up your own backyard before coming to Opensim and trying to start drama here. You have way more then enough copybotters selling items on the secondlife marketplace to keep you busy for several virtual lifetimes.

        In any case any child could have created a similar island to that within 10 minutes, so to go about accusing of copybot is assinine without a lot more research then a comparison of a couple of pictures..

      • Talla Adam

        People like you are just plain dupes brown nosing Linden Lab and you should look closer to home for the copybot thieves. And be careful what you wish for! Don’t go claiming Second Life as your grid as if folk in Opensim grids are somehow seperated because I for one spend time in both grids and own sims in both too and if I left SL it would cost LL quite a lot in lost revenue. Your aim is plain to everyone here. Your trolling and trying to rubbish the Opensim community which just happens to have a lot of people that are residents of both SL and OS. So take you idiotic accusations and direct them at the grid with a thriving black market in stolen content, Second Life itself!

        • Guest

          Hello Talla, I support 2ndlife also, my curiosity to your conversations here after finding this topic could you tell me what name you use in 2ndlife and what is your occupation while in 2ndlife an example would be builder or land baron or some other trade, thanks

          • Talla Adam

            @Guest, The info you seek is common knowledge if you know where to look but since you are using a Guest name my question to you would be “Why do you need to know?”

            I hope you have honorable intentions but I could view your request as a subtle form of intimidation and it wouldn’t be the first time that has happened. Over the years of my involvement with SL and OS I’ve been stalked, had my comments swamped by troll gangs, had my sims griefed and threats of griefing too. And on top of that threats to copybot my stuff as well. And all for speaking my mind.

            I know I bother quite a few people especially in Second Life because the growth of Opensim troubles them and the decline of Second Life worries them even more. But the complaint about copybotted content leveled at GCG above and all the hate directed at Opensim is not just coming from SL malcontents. In this case I believe it is coming form a well known commercial grid too that has a bunch of supporters not necessarily close to the leadership which has taken it upon themselves to rubbish Hypergrid worlds and raise dubious copybot complaints against them as a way to show the inferiority and insecurity of the rest of the none commercial grids.

          • [loves epiphanies]-)))) oh, wait, I can use this to hawk one of my blogpages also!!!

            http://minethere.blogspot.com/2014/01/epiphanies.html

            [also loves making comments serve multiple purposes]
            [you go git ’em Talla!!]

          • Tallarol Adamczyk

            Gaga Gracious, here also her alt owns a few regions rented by a roleplay group in the big easy grid she is not anyone import just like we are both not as well .Here is a link to those that might respond in a human like manner i fully recammend osgrid for real human help, please excuse the my other posts here.

            http://www.osgrid.org/

            http://inworldz.com/

            https://www.avination.com/

      • “I bet every single one of you attacking minus maria has the viewer then use it when something catches your eyes fancy huh…”

        You’d lose that bet. I have far more integrity than that. As do the majority of users across the Metaverse, regardless of whether they are in SL or OpenSim. Furthermore, many of us hahve accounts in BOTH areas of the Metaverse.

        For you to to say “two faced Open Sim people their just stay here as a pack of thieves with the same hate mumbling you always do about our grid,” is nothing but hypocrisy. It is offensive and insulting. It is hateful.

        For you to tar us all with the “thief” brush while implying that SLers
        are above such actions is laughable. Those of us in OpenSim are not
        perfect. But neither are SLers. People are people. There are liars and
        thieves all over. And, as you so amply prove, haters, too.

    • Lani Global

      Growth of “TPV Metaverse” seems to be advancing as predicted.

  • Luna Bliss

    Gotta watch out posting pictures of copybotted stuff as a new grid instead of rushing to take any content given they sould be more selective.
    The pictures above of the beach scene for great Canadian grid has copybotted offsim landscapes stolen from Sominel Edelman.
    He only allows his works in secondlife/inworldz/cloudparty

    https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/TROPICS-GOLD-Sim-Surround-Environment-52/4313648

    Sominel Edelman creates the sculpts
    Dolly Heart makes the plant textures for him
    Azel Blackburn makes the textures
    Will they all sue? Sominel will and has several grids looks like great Canada better have a safe harbor policy with a dmca process in place because this time tomarrow
    sominels danish lawyers will be filing a lawsuit!

    • Vanish

      Welcome to the grid police academy. In the following three days, you will complete your training and become certified grid police members. Your training will include:
      – Squinting at pictures to find similarities to someone elses creations.
      – Making wild accusations that have no ground in the law.
      – Obnoxious behaviour. You think you’re already bad, but you still have room to grow.
      – Disregard to copyright laws. Instead you will learn a few fancy terms like “DMCA” and “lawsuit” and “safe harbor policy” to fling around to impress people less knowledgeable than you.
      – The ability to make predictions that will with absolute certainty not come true.

      Just to repeat our policies, all new trainees must be in bad standing on at least one grid, and have no intention to become a constructive member of any community.

      Okay, now on to your first class – “Which blogs to troll, and how to troll them.”

      Dismissed.

      • lol!! To be fair, from what little reading I have seen from Luna, I doubt seriously that is really her who commented there.

      • well done Vanish! =D

    • Joe Builder

      Not to sure any kind of law suit will hold water, Being look a like’s are not stolen content. Be a very hard case to prove, Being UUID’S are not the same, And if there isn’t any copyrights on the items they have a better chance of hitting the lottery to prove its there’s or your’s. As I do condone theft if a item is set to Free or Take copy, Not to sure I would search SL or any other grid for the correct creator.if any. If paranoia drives you, Then your in the wrong game (World)

      • It saddens me as mush as many, to see all resumed to a wild guess or even proof that someone used others works!
        As more in World are more aware of the terrible truth about governments, their security agencies and mega corporations, i would hope that the idea of sharing and let all enjoy and use our creations would be open sim grids rule!
        I guess i can find a lot more willing to do that nowadays on Second Life and not copybot content!
        No wonder that Bethesda is ruling more and more on regards to gaming community 3th party content, they always figured that having mods working for free and improving their games was the best way to keep a game running, even after many many years, as long as all mods where available to any for free!

        • i think i saw someone wearing my Hello Kitty underwear on another grid (oops, i guess HK is copyrighted)

          never mind . . .

    • I sometimes build things based on something I have seen. I do this as a personal challenge to test my skills. As a result, I have many things that look like someone else’s. I have been accused of stealing someone’s content. However, being aware of copyright, I always document the building process.

      There is no law that says that a person cannot make their own version of something that they have seen as long as they work only from a picture or a memory. The point being, a mere picture of something on a website is not proof of IP theft.

      A related point to be made is that there are many people who make sculpted terrains, landscapes, plants, etc. It is very easy to find bark and leaf textures. It is very possible that someone at that grid have made their won versions.

      Furthermore, it is possible that those items pictured have been duly licensed and paid for. I don’t know if they were or not. Neither do you.

      To state that the things in the picture are copybotted is an accusation of IP theft. As such, it might be deemed libelous.

      I recommend that you contact the people you believe created the pictured content and let them deal with things for themselves as they see fit while you refrain from making unfounded accusations.

      • metro gangsta j

        I just botted the his demo in inworldz then botted the Great Canadian Grid one its same one now lets all keep it real(*_*)LOL

        • Talla Adam

          I guess you need your two minutes of attention. Sad case.

        • Thank you. I truly appreciate your admitting to being a thief. I am sure that the various grid owners I know will be more than happy to discover your IPaddress and related info so that they can do what they can to keep you off their grids.

        • thats funny since most content on GCG right now is downloadable by Linda Kellie.

    • metro gangsta j

      opensim what should people expect its the copybotters paradise always has been and always will be !
      I just ripped two sims worth of mesh trees out of kitely with some real nice winter trees (*_*) once redone in blender they will be passed around metro and beyond !…. luna your waterfalls from inworldz will be passed around because everything in your store was ripped by me today (*_*)LOL

      • Talla Adam

        You mean you wont sell the stolen stuff in Second Life MP? That’s where most stuff ends up that is ripped from Opensim worlds not to mention the freebies that go on sale there and the empty boxes sold for 5000L supposedly containing something really nice. You must be slipping if you don’t do what the other copybot thieves do. lol

    • Ferdzee

      Pretty obviously identical to the marketplace to my eye. Anyone can tell, as it’s a hop away and it’s a perfect match to the pic on MP. I doubt the DMCA process can save the Canada grid, since the grid ops themselves uploaded it and it appears to be in New York.

    • Jim Neighbor

      While your presentation may have been a bit confusing most of your facts are valid lets look them over.

      1. Any commercial grid that wants to have content must offer policys in regards to creators rights
      2. Be selective if the content donated looks like it is to good to be true then most likely it is
      3. most of us Canuck take honesty to heart with that a grid starting out most have a policy that includes everyone including a safe harbor policy
      4. lets all work together to make good neighbors.
      your neighbor Jim

  • Again, Thank you Maria for doing such an awesome and mostly thankless job doing such articles-))

    It is obvious, at least to me, now, that hypergrid enabled OS is trending as the future in this iteration of VR, and I expect this year will make that even more clear to more people.

    As you know, I recently did my own little blog on this, and welcome comments of a constructive nature there.

    http://minethere.blogspot.com/2014/01/irreconcilable-differences.html

    “Metropolis will also release its own version of the OpenSim software, designed to allow users to easily and quickly connect regions to the Metropolis grid or to set up their own standalone mini-grids. The first release of this tool will be available before the end of June, she said.

    Metropolis will also be hosting the Summer of Arts, a biannual event to which the grid will be contributing three regions. Preparatory work begins in April.”

    My favorite Grid, Metropolis, keeps showing the Meta how things can be done, and done right. This new OS idea they are working on, as I understand it now [and not being all that techy] will allow people, such as myself, to run a simulator instance even when having that nat-loopback issue.

    Their Parliament is outstanding, and will lead the way in showing other intelligent and forward thinking grids how they should think of their responsibilities to their users.

    Their SOA only shows their commitment to the Arts, and as I was one who [and still am if another is done] acted in “The Change”, I look forward to the events. I will include one video of it taken by my friend Sunbeam Magic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1UoE2bDCBs

    “Kitely donates 32 patches and bug fixes – The cloud-based Kitely grid has donated 32 patches and bug fixes since the start of the year, Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business.”

    Kitely, another favorite of mine, due to their promise of eventually enabling HG [which is my focus], though they keep pushing this back for various reasons I am sure Ilan can speak to on the tech side more, if he wishes to…is growing and showing every month they are now the goto Commercial grid.

    I try to attend their weekly community meetings as often as possible just to observe how things are going. I continue to be impressed by how Ilan treats people, and hope he always maintains that business approach. It is very similar in nature to how the Metropolis admins treat people, and is not just words but actions.

    As you keep pointing out, and Kitely knows well, this:

    “The biggest gainer was the non-profit OSgrid, with 477 new regions, followed by Kitely with 406 new regions, and Metropolis with 101.”

    “There were a total of 33,380 regions, 346,468 registered users and 20,273 active users on those 211 grids.This count does not include private grids, such as grids run behind school firewalls, or grids set up to run large corporate simulations, or the more than 2,001 mini-grids running on personal New World Studio installations.”

    The Kitely market will do something unheard of in the Meta, and I think this year will show some very interesting changes due to just this one thing…by understanding all those uncounted grids need good content, and showing creators how this can be done, they are showing us all that the same-o same-o slclone business model is quickly becoming pas·sé.

    Treating people as people, and not merely as numbers and content is something to be supported, and though others have other agendas, I think it is obvious more and more are seeing this, which is very cool.

    The only way we all will see real and positive new growth in OS will be in going the direction of transparency and hypergating, sharing our visions in Art and Respect.

    • Sunbeam Magic

      What a fun theatrical presentation… surely do hope more and more ART and Culture thingees appear in 2014… thx for the mention Miney! Save me a seat for the next Avilive Performance … interesting trends for grids, I’m thinking more OS grids may offer more games also in the future, like a marriage with some MMO’s where the warriors could also build their own villages etc! Anything is possible!!! my criteria is that it is all in FUN!

  • Talla Adam

    Thank you Maria for the latest statistics here. Opensim Virtual at Google plus also continues to grow thus supporting the general growth in the free Metaverse of Opensim and Hypergrid enabled grids. Clearly, the Hypergrid connected grids represent the biggest single market where avatars can teleport freely from one world to another which was always the intention for the platform software’s use despite commercial interests basing closed worlds on it. However, none of the closed grids can match the traffic of the Hypergrid and the sooner they enable HG the better in my view. Anyway, we welcome HG travelers and grid owners both commercial and community based at Opensim Virtual which now has 559 Opensim users from across many grids. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to promote their grid or tell us about their world and what products and services they offer @ https://plus.google.com/communities/116284417302234467612?partnerid=gplp0

    • Hannah

      Nobody knows what the exact usage statistics of the hypergrid-enabled grids are, because no one has done the footwork or put development resources into collecting accurate usage statistic tools.

  • Talla Adam

    I’m quite amazed that Maria allows malicious copybotters to post on these comments and even include links to their sites. It’s criminal activity no less!

    *coughs*

    • Vanish

      *clears throat*

      You do realize these are trolls, right? They’re about as clueful about copybots as a pregnant cow is about riding a bike downhill in the snow.

      So, even if it was criminal activity, which it really isn’t, why would she censor it? Apparently, people have no problem talking about gambling on the grids or fraud, which are *real* criminal activities.

      Most likely, everyone claiming to be a copybotter is another disgruntled SL user. Which is just as well. It shows we’re already at stage three of the (alleged) Gandhi rule. Stage four is teh win.

      • Talla Adam

        Ah yeah, you’re probably right, Vanish but it’s fun to beat Trolls over the head with a wet turnip, lol

    • I missed the link — thanks for the heads up! No, I do not condone the posting of links to sites whose primary business is content piracy. As someone in the content creation business, I’m a big fan of current copyright laws (though I don’t agree with the Mickey Mouse extensions! There need to be limits, folks!).

      People looking for free content for OpenSim should check out Linda Kellie’s vast collection of content at http://zadaroo.com/ and OpenSim Creations, where content creations share under Creative Commons licenses: http://opensim-creations.com/

      Finally, since pirates with copybot viewers can go anywhere they like, including Second Life, if anything OpenSim would be a *less* appealing place because we don’t have the big fancy stores and giant high-end shopping malls to rip stuff from like Second Life has. And we don’t have the giant crowds of users willing to fork over money for stolen goods. Our crowds are more on the tiny side, and less well-funded.

      • Vanish

        Okay, now I’m curious. How is KingGoon different from sites like, say, youtube? Why is it okay to link to one and not the other? In both instances, users upload or link to items, many times without having the clearance of the respective rigthsholders. In both instances, the *owners* of the sites neither condone nor fight “piracy”, really, to a significant levelt. If at all, youtube is more actively at “piracy” by allowing people, both legally through their TOS and technically through their embedding code, to share possibly “pirated” items on other sites on teh web.

        (Also, again out of curiousity: What kind of limits would you think are needed?)

        • I took down the link because the poster advertised it as a copybot site and somebody complained. If another posted had said something like, “I just created some nice animations I’m sharing with folks under a CC license on KingGoon, link here:” I would have kept it up.

          So, basically, not much thought went into this. Just a knee-jerk response. Piracy: Bad! Legal sharing: Good! Food: Hungry!

          • Arielle

            Better take down the https://marketplace.secondlife.com link then as it is full of copybotted items too 🙂

            In any case Metro gangsta points out how easy it is for copybotters to rip content from any grid whether open, closed and/or hypergridded.

          • wolftimber

            “I took down the link because the poster advertised it as a copybot site”

            What kind of fool would visit an advertised copybot/hacker type web site in the first place and probably infect their PC with who knows what!
            One already knows the site is a criminal enterprise, no one could possible be so naive to think they don’t use cookies, scripts and all sorts of things to infect every visitor’s pc who goes to look/buy a copybot hacked viewer or stolen content!
            This is the same as only fools visit those software serial sites that offer “free” serial numbers for stolen software, they don’t put all that content and sites up for free out of the goodness of their hearts, you KNOW there’s some other angle involved and since they already steal software purchase codes to pass out on their web sites, nothing is beneath them, including infecting people’s computers.

          • Vanish

            Oh god.

  • kat

    None of you self repersentive trolls remepersent anyone so you all can go back to your g+ to bad mouth party or get your butts back to sl
    as minethere would say ‘your all mentally ill’ with that said maybe you all will stop derailing maria’s blog so those interested in open sim wont think we are all twatwaffles unless that’s your agenda lani,luna,minethere,vanish,talla

    • what i have learned on here thanks to Alex from AviWorlds is just to laugh and sometimes throw the fail trolling back in their face with good trolling. Those who troll on here are just looking for attention.

    • Talla Adam

      @Kat, who ever you really are trying to stir the pot, don’t go trying to claim Opensim as yours and accuse others of derailing this thread when serious allegations have been made on flimsy evidence that deserves answering. Maria welcomes comments if you hadn’t noticed – even yours. However, before you get carried away with your personal insults I would remind you that the insults you are making are the hall mark of a real forum troll.

      A large part of the Opensim community frequent G+ at Opensim Virtual and that includes members of the developer team, hosting companies and grid owners. Indeed, there are also many individual G+ communities for the various grids too. Google plus, even if you are not a fan of social media, has served to bring together people from many grids over the past year helping each other, promoting their grids and showing their work. The users numbers are growing steadily and presently look like this…

      Opensim Virtual 569
      OSgrid 375
      Metropolis 131
      Francogrid 143
      Kitely Virtual 192

      Those are the bigger communities but by no means the only ones. There are many more smaller G+ Opensim groups and included in that are others like Inworldz and Cloud Party too. So, before you go insulting members of our community further think about all the hard work we do for Opensim and the efforts in spreading the message and finding money to help it along. I doubt you represent anything at all!