All OpenSim metrics up, despite July heat

The top OpenSim grids saw a record increase in active users this month, and a near-record increase in region counts, despite the summer season and a lack of stats from a major grid.

The top 40 public OpenSim grids gained 2,109 regions this month, for a new record high of 46,907 regions. They also gained 7,012 registered users, for a new high of 357,155 users, and gained a monthly record of  1,638 active users, for a total of 19,491 active users.

Zandramas, a mid-sized commercial grid, did not release its numbers this month because of a a glitch relating to the upgrade to the latest version of OpenSim. Zandramas, as well as other grids, was hit by the same glitch last month. Zandramas was a top-ten grid by popularity in May.

Total regions on top 40 OpenSim grids.

Total regions on top 40 OpenSim grids.

The chart above only tracks the land on the top 40 OpenSim grids. There were a total of 213 active grids this month, 182 of which reported their statistics. Those 182 grids reported a total of 48,979 regions, 374,162 registered users and 21,746 active users.

I no longer remember why I started tracking just the top 40 grids separately in the first place, but now I’ve been doing it too long to stop.

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:

  1. InWorldz: 8,152 active users
  2. OSgrid: 3,436 active users
  3. Avination: 1,487 active users
  4. Metropolis: 1339 active users
  5. Island Oasis: 973 active users
  6. Kitely: 909 active users
  7. Craft World: 540 active users
  8. 3rd Rock Grid: 392 active users
  9. Littlefield: 305 active users
  10. Logicamp: 232 active users

The biggest gainer was Metropolis, which gained 780 active users compared to last month. However, most of that increase was due to fixing last month’s stats bug. In May, when accurate data was last available, the grid had 1,252 active users, so while Metropolis did post an active user increase over the past two months, it’s not as dramatic as it appears at first glance.

The other major gainers were InWorldz, which gained 665 new active users, OSgrid with 403 more active users, and Kitely with 83 more active users over the past month.

3rd Rock Grid preps for the hypergrid

The closed commercial 3rd Rock Grid is experimenting with hypergrid access, grid founder and general manager Terry Ford — also known as Butch Arnold in-world — told Hypergrid Business.

“We have high hopes that at the end of our testing and customizations we will join the hypergrid crowd on the next upgrade to our main grid,” he said. “Visitors can check it out by visiting our Beta Site. Once a website account is created, users can create an unlimited number of avatars which will be owned by the single web account. This feature of our Beta Site was made possible through WordPress code contributions from Digital Worlds Group, LLC.  Users may also visit our Beta Grid via hypergrid at betalogin.3rdrockgrid.com:8002.”

3rd Rock Grid is the fifth most popular commercial grid and is best known for its live music scene. It’s been growing steadily over the past couple of years in land area, but its active user numbers have stayed pretty level, averaging just around 400 active users.

By opening up to the hypergrid, the grid will be able to promote its events to residents of more than 100 different hypergrid-enabled grids, who have a combined total of nearly 10,000 active monthly users. Grid residents will also be able to start purchasing content from the Kitely Market, which delivers via the hypergrid.

In other grid news, Tommy Parrott — also known as Tommy Rock in world — has joined the 3rd Rock management team. He brings with him eight years of virtual world expertise, specializing in in-world processes, such as scripting and building, viewer related issues, in addition to his expert customer service and managerial experience.

The grid has also rolled out a new welcome center to make it easy to find must-have items such as animation overriders, translators, full avatars, and other goods.

Also new is the 3RG Arts Center, a new region focusing on the visual and audio arts.

“Tommy Parrott, one of Second Life’s art magnates from the early days will curate this astounding region, featuring paint and photo works along with prim sculptures from some very talented artisans,” said Ford. “Many are already on exhibit for your viewing pleasure.”

Finally, there’s a new nightclub on the grid, Whispers.

“It mimics real life in every aspect, down the the sink faucets,” said Ford. “Whispers is the name an is a club that features
an open dance area, along with spaces recessed away for that more intimate moment. It’s a night club like no other you have seen virtually.”

For music and other events from 3rd Rock Grid, check out their events calendar.

Lost Paradise, Zandramas offer variable regions

Zandramas and Lost Paradise, both mid-sized commercial grids, are now offering variable-sized regions.

Lost Paradise has already tripled its land area as a result, going from 442 to 1,522 standard region equivalents.

Meanwhile, Zandramas — which began offering $35 no-prim-limit regions this spring, and also recently became the first closed commercial grid to accept Kitely Market deliveries — is continuing to push the envelope with its new “ZanFinite” variable-sized regions.

A "Zanfinite" variable-sized region on the Zandramas grid. (Image courtesy Zandramas.)

A “ZanFinite” variable-sized region on the Zandramas grid. (Image courtesy Zandramas.)

According to a grid spokesperson, these regions have been selling quickly.

Zandramas charges $15 per each upgrade of a standard $35 region. So a region upgraded to be the equivalent area of two standard regions would be an additional $15, or $40 a month total. A region upgraded to be the equivalent of four standard regions will be an additional $45, or $80 a month total, for a maximum of 100,000 prims.

Previously, variable-sized regions were only available from third-party hosting companies, not from commercial grids.

Adventurers Club tours Littlefield

Littlefield Grid, a mid-sized community grid, will host a tour of a virtual replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater home this month.

The LFGrid Adventure Club will meet at the LFG Adventure Clubhouse on Arcadia North region at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, July 20, and then tour the Mill Run region, designed by award-winning builder Camryn Darkstone. Hypergrid visitors are welcome via teleport to lfgrid.com:8002:Arcadia North.

Mill Run region on Littlefield Grid. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

Mill Run region on Littlefield Grid. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

“Camryn Darkstone visited this building in real life in order to make the most accurate rendition of this build possible,” grid owner Walter Balazic told Hypergrid Business. “All textures, landscaping, furnishings, etc, were created by her.”

Then the following Sunday, The Bull’s Head Pub will have its grand opening. The pub is located on the Littlefield region. Stop by the Quizzo game, every Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Pacific. Teleport via hypergrid to lfgrid.com:8002:Littlefield.

Bull's Head Pub. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

Bull’s Head Pub. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

And speaking of Sundays, every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. there’s a Mesh Q&A hosted by Aaack Aardvark on the OpenSim Builder’s Alliance region. Teleport via hypergrid to  lfgrid.com:8002:OBA.

“This is a learning session where you can get instructions, guidance, and tips via voice, or watch live instruction via Teamviewer on using Blender and how to use mesh on OpenSimulator,” said Balazic.

OpenSim Builders Alliance region. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

OpenSim Builders Alliance region. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

Finally, Enigma Nameste’s Garden of the Rising Phoenix has had a face lift, with the Plateau Village replaced with a new park is in its place and a “Random Hypergate Portal” at the landing area. Teleport via hypergrid to lfgrid.com:8002:Phoenix Rising.

Phoenix Rising region. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

Phoenix Rising region. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

Check out the Littlefield Grid’s event calendar for all the latest news from the grid.

Island Oasis begins selling mainland parcels

Island Oasis is another grid which gained users, despite the summer heat — 51 new actives, and 394 new registrations.

“Island Oasis is very pleased with the overall growth and the addition of the new residents this summer,”  Island Oasis marketing director Liz Harrington — also known as Alysin Paolino in-world — told Hypergrid Business. “Residents are finding many ways to meet others and enjoy the activities as seen on our events calendar.”

The grid has also been hosting a Meet & Greet event twice every Friday, she said, to help residents get to know the grid owners and one another. The event is held at 8 a.m. Pacific and against at 6 p.m. Pacific to accommodate residents from different time zones.

IO meet & Greet

Finally, to help more residents get a chance to become land owners, the grid has begun building a mainland continent. Starting on August 1, residents will be able to purchase quarter regions on this continent.

“This is to be an affordable alternative to purchasing an entire sim,” said Harringon. “Instead of rolling out a huge land mass, which isn’t necessary to start the mainland, Island Oasis will be adding sims as needed to extend mainland.”

DreamNation finds bugs in latest upgrade

DreamNation, a mid-sized commercial grid best known for having the highest retention numbers in OpenSim, has upgraded to OpenSim 0.8.0, the most recent upgrade of the software, and reports a few bugs.

Overall, the upgrade went smoothly, grid founder Waki Janus told Hypergrid Business, but users with the Firestorm viewer could not log in for 24 hours.

“We still trying to understand that issue because there various other bugs are popping up that are possibly related,” said Janus.

In addition, there are some bugs that could be related to the new default physics engine, Bullet, such as avatars not being able to walk through hollowed-out prims such as arches and doorways, and mesh objects not displaying as they should.

Queer Citizen Grid moves to Kitely

Queer Citizen Grid, which serves the GLBT community, has moved to Kitely and is no longer a separate grid.

The grid now has five islands on Kitely — the Queer Citizen Welcome Region, the Wonderland EduSim, Virtual World Pride 2015, and Queer Citizen Counseling. All areas are on the hypergrid.

 

(Image courtesy Queer Citizen Grid.)

(Image courtesy Queer Citizen Grid.)

AviWorlds leaves Kitely

Alexsandro Pomposelli

Alexsandro Pomposelli

AviWorlds has shut down — for the seventh time. Shortly after announcing a move to Kitely earlier this month, grid owner Alexandro Pomposelli — also known as Alex Ferraris in-world — said in a comment that the announcement was premature.

“I spoke too soon,” he wrote. “I do like kitely and I have nothing against it. All I can say is that it did not work out.”

He did not explain why Kitely was a bad fit.

As you all know I have a huge following and because of that I need a stable, strong and independent way of hosting this grid,” he wrote. “AviWorlds requires strong servers for huge amounts of traffic, uploads, hypergrid travellings, chats etc etc..”

As it has before, AviWorlds has also shut down its website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, leaving potential residents no way to keep up with the grid’s progress while it is down.

AviWorlds has already tried running its own servers, and getting hosting from the two most respected OpenSim hosting providers — Dreamland Metaverse and Zetamex. (Great website redesign by Zetamex, by the way — check it out. Looks very friendly and approachable, simple and clear pricing plans — very nice job!)

Kitely Market resumes growth

And speaking of Kitely — the grid had some good numbers to report this month, with more regions, more active users, and more registered users. It’s current active user count, 909, is a record high for the grid, and it also gained 1,405 new registered users, it’s second-best month in history — after last month.

This is unusual, since summer months are typically slower for virtual worlds, especially ones with a strong educational component, like Kitely.

Ilan Tochner

Ilan Tochner

More people are spending time in-world and the number of scheduled events inside Kitely is on the rise,” Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business.

The growth in users was also paralleled by a growth in the Kitely Market, which suffered a brief setback last month after Kitely got rid of the metered region option for free users.

Kitely Market statistics. (Kitely data.)

Kitely Market statistics. (Kitely data.)

Over the past two weeks, the Kitely Market has gained 81 new products, in 167 variations, 98 of which were exportable to other grids. Kitely allows merchants to have multiple options of the same product — in different colors, prices, license terms or other variations.

There are currently 2,941 products listed in Kitely Market, containing 5,663 product variations of which 2,254 are exportable. The Kitely Market is the largest multi-grid marketplace.

The grid has also made a few performance improvements, including faster mesh downloads.

“We also optimized various UDP-related systems which helped us further reduce lag when there is a lot of user activity inworld,” said Tochner.

The grid is currently working on upgrading to the latest version of OpenSim, version 0.8.0, and fixing bugs that come up during testing.

“We’ll contribute some of our stability patches after they have been thoroughly tested on Kitely,” he added. “But even after doing that, Kitely will still include hundreds of optimizations that do not exist in regular OpenSim. The robustness and performance difference should be very tangible. Our goal is to continue providing a premium service at discount prices, having superior technology is part of that.”

Virtual Highway went all-out for Independence Day

Virtual Highway, a mid-sized commercial grid known for its events, transformed its Festival Park region into a slice of Americana.

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

“We had a barn for the DJs to spin their tunes, a build area for the 4th of July build contest, a maze with prizes available, and a shop area for vendors to sell their Independence Day related wares,” said grid owner Gene Call. “The build up to the 4th of July celebration featured music of a variety of genres from our excellent DJs as those that participated in the build contest did their thing.”

The building contest showed off the residents’ creative imaginations, he told Hypergrid Business.

“The winner of the contest was Tori Benoir with her build of a patriotically dressed Betty Boop cake,” he said. “Second place ended with a tie between Trixie Noel’s hot air balloon and gemini solano’s statue and pond. Third place went to Danny Berg with his build of a presidential visit. Logger Sewell gained an honorable mention for his 4th of July cookout.”

Call thanked Francisco Koolhoven, Danny Berg, gemini solano, Tori Benoir, Trixie Noel, Doreese Dufaux and Logger Sewell for donating prizes for the maze.

“The 4th of July celebration was brought to a rousing finale with a spectacular fireworks display provided by Split Prim and Trixie Noel,” he said. “Tendrik provided some inspirational music to which Trixie blended the fireworks show, each building to an awe-inspiring crescendo.”

Virtual Highway marked a first this month as well, with its first tribute concert. The Back Door music venue was host to a stage show tribute of Ozzy Osbourne, complete with a light show.

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

There were music events on the grid as well, including live performances by Russell Eponym, Dilah Halostar, CelticMaiden WarriorLancaster and Katrose Serendipity. Check the Virtual Highway grid calendar to stay on top of future events. It is a Google Calendar, so you can also subscribe to it by clicking on the little button at the bottom right of the calendar.

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

In other news, the grid has completed the upgrades of all its servers and will now be working on upgrading to OpenSim 0.8.0. The upgrade will allow the grid to offer variable-size regions to its customers.

And speaking of regions, the grid is offering free plots of 4,096 square meters and 312 prims for new residents.

New adult grid Virtual Paradise launched

A new adult grid, Virtual Paradise, has launched this month. As part of its grand opening promotion, the grid is offering a special price on land, with a 45,000-prim region for $45, which includes access to a basic region management panel. This is 10 percent off the regular price of $50.

The grid has another promotion in place as well. Residents who post an ad linking to the grid will get 500 VS, the grid’s virtual currency, deposited to their accounts.

You can follow the grid on Twitter at VPGrid.

(Image courtesy Virtual Paradise.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Paradise.)

Transitions

We have several new grids on our list this month, including Ipsofacto, virtual events grid Calbertville, Cryptic Rising, and two new adult-themed grids — Virtual Paradise and the The Adult Grid.

We’re listing 28 grids as suspended this month because we haven’t been able to get to their grid info pages or websites this month, including: 3dcolabStandAlone, 3rd Experimental Primary School of Evosmos, Another World, AnSky, Bess Research, Brasil Tropical, Castle Reaper, CEHS Game Design, Cuddles’ World, Dazzling World, ELIP, Extension, Fine Grid, FleaGrid, FreeLand, Gangster Wars, Ignis Fatuus, Insight Concepts, KUNDGRID, Meridian Grid, Metaverso Estudio Factory, Montefiorino, NeuWald, NuevoMundo, OpenSim Fuchs, Paralax, Realms of the missing, SkyLine Grid, Speculoos, Sweethaven, TaylorWorld, The Itakos, The Verse, True Open Grid, VIBE: Global Health, VIBE: Nova Archeology, and Virtualife.

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 Diva Distro, a user-friendly distribution of OpenSim, reported 815 downloads this month, for a grand total of 31,466 downloads since the distribution was first released in May of 2011.

Sim-on-a-Stick, an even more user-friendly, packaged version of the Diva Distro, was downloaded 752 times this month. That adds up to 33,669 downloads since the distribution was first released in May 2011. Sim-on-a-Stick currently uses OpenSim version 0.7.6, but an updated version, with OpenSim 0.8.0, is due out in about a month. Existing users, however, can also take advantage of the built-in update functionality.

The even easier still 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 28,084 regions on 2,871 different active mini-grids running on this distribution of OpenSim. That’s an increase of 1,123 new regions, and 121 new mini-grids.

The stats page for the standard OpenSimulator distribution reported 2,763 new downloads this month, for a total of 32,526 downloads of OpenSim from the official website since the start of 2013, when they began publishing  the data. Interpolating based on trends from other distributions, the Hypergrid Business estimate of OpenSim downloads from the official website is now at 125,758.

Combing that with with the three other main distributions of OpenSim gives a grand total of 193,764 downloads of the OpenSimulator server software.

Data from The Hypergates was limited this month to the total number of hypergates, 769, which was 23 gates more than in April, the last time when the data was available.

Meanwhile, Second Life has continued losing regions this past month, according to data from GridSurvey, with 37 fewer  regions today than this time last month. The Second Life grid now has 26,054 regions total, down 1,034  regions from this time last year, and 5,794 fewer regions than its peak in June of 2010.

July 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 over 840 different publicly-accessible grids, 213 of which were active this month, and 182 of which published their statistics.

All region counts on this list are, whenever available, in terms of standard region equivalents — a 512 meter by 512 meter megaregion or variable-size region would count as four standard regions for this purposes of this list. Active user counts include hypergrid visitors.

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

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

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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.

  • Wonderful news about 3rd Rock Grid enabling of their betatestgrid to hypergating, and the eventual opening of their main grid.

    I am going to hg into there tomorrow or so just for fun-)) Smart move!! and, btw, Tommy does a mean fireworks display.

    More later, I am sure, as I have absolutely -0- self-control!! gotta go on Hypergrid Safari now tho.

    In order, they have these HG places to go to, if possible.

    grid.kitely.com:8002:Calchester

    hg.osgrid.org:80:Teravus Plaza

    grid.alchemysims.com:8002:triton

    PSAs done!!!

    • ok, I just went in to 3rg’s HG @ betalogin.3rdrockgrid.com:8002 and it went well. I suggest other HG supporters drop by sometime to show them we appreciate it-))

      They have lots of live performers so this will be nice.

      • fyi, I was told they might enable HG to the main grid by Sept 1.

  • hack13

    !Quick correction to your statistics, Variable Regions do not accurately count as the normal 256×256 count. a 512×512 registered to a grid would only show up as 1 region instead of 4. Please update your information accordingly to not confuse masses.

    • Thanks, I made that clearer.

      OpenSim, by default, counts a var region as a single region no matter the size. I’ve been talking to the devs trying to get a better way to measure them.

      Meanwhile, I’ve been asking grid owners to count the varregions and post those counts either in addition to, or as part of, their regular region counts.

      I personally see no difference between a four-region varregion, a four-region mega, four regions running in a single simulator, or four regions just out there floating by themselves. Land is land.

      I understand that technically they work differently behind the scenes, but when comparing land areas of grids, we should be able to compare the actual land areas.

      One alternative is to compare grids in terms of square meters — or square kilometers — or acres. That’s fine by me, but, again, we’d need an easy-to-use mechanism for grid owners to be able to generate those numbers.

      • hack13

        The sad thing is something you might not be aware of, but since 0.8.0 mega-regions do not work properly under Bullet Physics, and thus if your using Bullet you MUST be using a Variable region, plus there are many benefits not only to the back-end but to the end user as well.

        As far as the technicality, while OpenSim only allows multiples of 256(at least for the time being), WhiteCore offers the ability to have a region any size so long as the viewer can support it, meaning 32×256 could be very possible if you wanted it. So there are different things you need to consider here, I will write up an article explaining the fixes more clearly why Variable regions are the way to go and why Aurora-Sim implemented them sooooooo long ago, and why we should fade out mega-regions all together.

        As far as counting these statistics, I am not sure if you are aware of what we spoke about at our conference. We have started working with core developers on developing tools for OpenSim.Directory that can poll this information. But I hate to tell you, you really need to start thinking about these numbers differently, what I have been trying to get across to people for a long time, land mass is going to become harder to calculate so you need to take a look at new ways to look at land mass.

        • You’re right — once we get odd-sized regions, we’ll either have to switch to another metric — like square kilometers — or allow fractions of regions.

          Each has its problems. Meters and kilometers are common international measurements, but not so common in the U.S. Miles and acres — vice versa. And nobody likes fractions. LOL

          I was about to say that most of our readers are from the U.S., so for Hypergrid Business purposes I’ll unilaterally pick a metric we use here.

          But then I checked Google Analytics, and 55 percent of our readers come from outside the U.S.!

          So kilometers it is. Or will be, at some indefinite point in the future when it’s an option.

          • Metropolis, running on .8 now, has a growing amount of people running VarRegions now, and I doubt this is reported as multiples of the old tech 256×256 regions sizing.

            They do show a kilometer number on their splash screen but I doubt most people care all that much.

            Maybe I go ask Tim to make mine a VarRegion and report it as 1 just for the heck o’ it.

            btw, the HGSafari was fun yesterday and lots of people joining up each week. Kinda reminds me of when I was [well, I guess I still am in it, dunno] in this group in SL called the “Flash Dancers” and we would show up at an event in large groups, it was fun also.

            It is a wonderful way for the destination grid/region[s] to prepare their project to be shown to a largish crowd. I planted a tree I am supposed to go back and water over @ http://178.249.24.35:9036.

          • Let’s see… one region is 65,536 square meters. One square kilometer is 1,000,000 square meters. So one square kilometer can hold 15.2587 regions.

            Their stats page shows 3,744 regions, times 65,536 that’s 245,366,784 sq km … and their webpage shows 245 square km.

            So this means that if Metropolis DOES have varregions — which I’m sure it does, as does OSgrid — then we’re significantly undercounting the land area of the open grids.

            I would like to reiterate something here again, for folks who think that the numbers are meaningless:

            OpenSim does NOT have a technology problem. OpenSim’s technology is on a par with that of Second Life and other proprietary platforms, and exceeds them in several significant ways (OAR exports, hypergrid, cost, etc…)

            OpenSim has a MARKETING problem. Nobody knows about it.

            Low-cost land is one of the MAJOR advantages that OpenSim has over all the other platforms. Showing nice, high growth rates in land area DEMONSTRATES this advantage.

            We want someone sitting on a tiny little quarter parcel in Second Life tosay to themselves, hey, I could be getting 1,000 regions for this price in OpenSim — I could have that desert kingdom I’ve always dreamed of! I could be a pirate on the high seas! I could build that model railroad … to scale! I could build that outer space battle field!

            So please, PLEASE, if you’re a grid owner, try to find a way to report accurate land stats. If you don’t feel right reporting a single large varregion as several regions, then report in an area measurement like square meters or kilometers. Or just put a little asterisk after the word “region” and explain that you’re counting standard region equivalents.

            Please. This is important.

          • Wow, I actually logged into that skeery rl grid and come right back to your comment just recently posted…do I have great timing, or what?-))

            But, right, and as varregions continue to propagate across the greater Meta, these passé small region sizes are going to continue to be an even less accurate indicator of what is actually happening.

            It will, however, serve well those who cannot keep up as they will inaccurately seem more larger, as a percentage of the whole.

            To be clear, I do not have an issue with keeping stats, per se, my issue more well-defined would be in maintaining them in an order that keeps up with the technological improvements.

            I also have no answers to how to do that, I just see [crap just hit some key that makes this italics…lol] that something might outta be done. But either way I already decided, for myself, it does not matter due to fully realizing how easy it is to skew them.

            Perhaps, rather than my last few months ignored attempts [which is fine, of course] to separate the hypergated places from the closed ones, it may be time to somehow denote that a grid does not use them from a grid that has that option [which likely also means they do use them].

            I see that you want to keep those old tech region sizes to make what you think are accurate metrics [or as accurate as you can get], but I might suggest that varregions make this style of reporting very inaccurate. So perhaps rather use the old tech as a baseline, it might be time to consider another baseline metric.

          • My prayers have been answered — well, some of them. Justin Clark-Casey just reminded me that he created a new console command two weeks ago — “show grid size.” It’s only in the most recent version of OpenSim.

            It adds up all the areas of all the regions and gives the result in kilometers.

            Here’s a description: http://opensimulator.org/viewgit/?a=commit&p=opensim&h=219d2734181e615199ccfd6c10d595ea6aa41b14

            (It’s not in the Wiki yet.)

            It’s not yet connected to the Web front ends, so right now grid owners have to do it manually.

            If you are a grid owner, and would like to update your stats for this past month, email me: [email protected]

  • Gaga

    Great round-up of Metaverse metrics Maria. A great way to promote new grids and gain more exposure is at the Google Plus community, Opensim Virtual with over 780 members. Check out https://plus.google.com/communities/116284417302234467612

    Grid owners and individuals with private worlds post topics on events, products and entertainments. Opensim Virtual is the biggest and most welcoming of the Metaverse communities that brings together many virtual world users to showcase their grids and offer help and advice.

  • Alex Zed

    Maria, when InWorldz will join the hypergrid crowd? 🙂

    • The first step is getting the “export” permission in place and working — and they ARE in fact, working on that now. The idea would be to set everything to “no export” by default, and then individual creators can turn things to “export” if they want the content to be able to travel to other grids. This is particularly important for clothing, since you don’t want to show up at your destination naked!

      Kitely has a similar system in place now to protect their content while still allowing hypergrid travel.

      Then there’s another issue — InWorldz is running an extremely customized version of OpenSim that branched off from standard OpenSim a few generations back. It might require a bit of work to get it to the point where its compatible, HG-wise, with the rest of the grids out there.

      But a bigger issue is that InWorldz currently has almost as many active users as the entire hypergrid. Now, sure, the hypergrid is growing, and, eventually, InWorldz might have to open up. But, right now, I don’t see any particular pressure on them to do so.

      Folks who care about hypergrid connectivity don’t live on InWorldz — they pick other grids, instead. And merchants who come to InWorldz also do so because they don’t need or want hypergrid. So enabling hypergrid would be against the wishes of their current customers, without necessarily bringing in enough new hypergrid-loving peeps to make up for it.

      Right now, InWorldz is growing, more people are coming in, so I don’t see any pressure on them to open up and lots of business reasons not to.

      • Well, I guess my only comment to this is that it might be time to change this wording or just remove it;

        “The list below is a small subset of existing OpenSim grids. We are now tracking a total of over 840 different publicly-accessible grids, 213 of which were active this month, and 182 of which published their statistics.

        All region counts on this list are, whenever available, in terms of standard region equivalents — a 512 meter by 512 meter megaregion or variable-size region would count as four standard regions for this purposes of this list. Active user counts include hypergrid visitors.

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

        Because, and pls correct me if I am misreading [my comprehension skills are fading daily!! along with my multi-tasking skills!! and I am NOT pleased ’bout this!!! but fortunately impending early senility will be kind and erase all knowledge of such things!!! but I can still amuse myself by saying such things!!!] but saying this;

        “But a bigger issue is that InWorldz currently has almost as many active users as the entire hypergrid.”

        does not seem to jive?

        You say on the one hand that you track 840 and only 182 of those published their stats [in a way you can get them, obviously], but then say “many” other places [schools, etc] do not publish their numbers [and I would assume those are ones even above the 840 number?].

        So is this a bit disingenuous? Would it be more correct to say something along the lines of, “of the counted grids, etc, inwz has more active users than other commercial closed grids, but this leaves out the thousands of uncounted places, many of whom are interconnected via the hypergate protocols, because stats either do not matter to them, or they are not aware of this website, etc. etc”

        And on the other matter, over there, or down below this, somewhere, to wit;

        Land size stats…Lena posted publicly this to my query on the Metropolis forums [which since she has posted here in the past, and that is public, I will assume she does not mind me quoting http://forum.hypergrid.org/post23339.html#p23339%5D

        “Huhu Miney,

        well, Maria wrote “245,366,784 sq km”, but these are sqare meters! E.g.: 245 sq km!

        At the moment, for the teleporter and the splashscreen we just count different regions, not their sizes. Cause the number of regions is more important for us (and for the users), than their sizes. In this case, we will not change the number of regions. One VarRegion -> One registered Region.

        But we can change the total size in sqare-km. We will do that in the next days. But at the moment, the numbers will not change dramaticly.

        But in the Metro-RegionsManagement the LandOwners can see the real size and dimension of their regions. Also the Isolate-function is supporting VarRegions now.

        Hugs,
        Lena”

        Please keep in mind German is her native tongue. Notice the part about the regionsmanagement, which is a tool, of many, Metro provides for us to do several things with, one of which is those running varregions can specify size [now since .8], another, which I like, gives us the ability to isolate our regions so that we can “reserve” 1 region space between ours and the open coordinates in order to keep lag down and other issues [kinda useful that is].

        Anywho…

        • edit to clarify “other issues” such as meanygut people, often men, with cooties, who want to plant their region[s] next to u in order to stalk you….

          edit over

      • Alex Zed

        Thank you.

  • AviWorlds

    AviWorlds did not shut down. We are transitioning. AVW 1 server , 32 gig, 8 core processor, SSD drives and more. Thats whats coming. Complete and strong. Website will be online tomorrow but WELCOME REGION and SANDBOX are online as we speak.

    aviworlds.com:8002/

    SEE YOU ALL THERE! HA! I NEVER GIVE UP !!!!

  • AviWorlds

    I dont understand why my posts are being taken down. This article mentions my name and my grids name and I m entitled of my right of SPEECH here as the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA entitles me. Maria are you going to continue BLOCKING my right to say here?
    Where is my POST where I only say AviWorlds is back online? Why was it taken down?

    • ok, well, since i am here now just posting some of my nonsense, perhaps a little extra help would come in handy? let’s try by my copy/pasting ur comment in with mine, eh? I hope you are doing well Alex-))

      “I dont understand why my posts are being taken down. This article mentions my name and my grids name and I m entitled of my right of SPEECH here as the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA entitles me. Maria are you going to continue BLOCKING my right to say here? Where is my POST where I only say AviWorlds is back online? Why was it taken down?”

  • ok, I usually don’t go back to old articles to comment, but I had been reading http://theadultgrid.com/forums.php and noticed this AdultGrid 0.9 R1009 RC.

    I wonder if someone would be willing to step up and say where this version came from? Core OpenSim is on 8/81 so I am a bit confused.

    If nobody does, I suppose we can just leave this as a question about the mysteries of the Universe, never explained, simply accepted.