Most people who run their own grids — and this includes the little Diva Distro I’ve got on my home computer — use one of the official, recommended distributions of OpenSim.
Of course, new features are added to OpenSim all the time. But the standard recommendation is that users avoid these experimental releases and wait until the features are thoroughly tested, debugged, and are in the next official release.
Unfortunately, this means that users have to wait for patches and bug fixes, as well.
Even users who are willing to jump the gun and use anything other than the recommended releases will have problems, since the releases with the patches and bug fixes aren’t released in ready-to-use compiled form.
“We also do weekly builds of the master code as well so people can test the latest bleeding edge,” Zetamex CEO Timothy Rogers told Hypergrid Business.
Take, for example, the last official release of OpenSim, version 0.8.0, which had a bug in it where attachments would get disconnected during teleports.
Oren Hurvitz, Kitely’s co-founder and VP of research and development, donated a fix to this bug last month.
This fix was added back into 0.8.0, into what is known as the “post-fix branch.”
“But they never give out compiled downloads for this, meaning grids who are self-hosted fail to get these update,” said Rogers. “I have started this service to help enthusiasts and grid owners to be able to grab the post-fix builds and not have to figure out how to use GIT and compile OpenSim. I want people to be able to upgrade to a working fixed branch that is still stable and still 0.8.0.”
Folks who benefit the most from this are owners of full grids who run their own servers, not so much people running one of the easy mini-grid distributions.