Content tops user wish list

What do OpenSim users want for most of all? Content. According to this year’s OpenSim  Hosting Survey, 35 percent of respondents most wanted an online marketplace, and 30 percent wanted a bigger selection of content — and 53 percent picked one or the other, or both.

In third place was a web-based viewer, with 25 percent of respondents putting it on their list.

Vehicle physics was fourth, at 22 percent, possibly due to significant improvements this year with bullet physics and variable-sized regions.

(Hypergrid Business survey data.)

Most wanted features for OpenSim. (Hypergrid Business survey data.)

Last year, vehicle physics topped everyone’s wish list, with 53 percent of respondents saying that was a feature that they really missed.

Hypergrid most appreciated

For customers of OpenSim hosting providers, hypergrid connectivity was the single most appreciated feature of OpenSim, with 81 percent voting for it.

Having your own grid was second, at 71 percent, followed by low prices and region backups, at 66 percent each. Inventory backups were appreciated by 63 percent of customers.

In addition, 52 percent appreciated the fact that OpenSim was open source software. and nearly half, 48 percent, appreciated having higher prim limits.

(Hypergrid Business survey data.)

Most appreciated features of OpenSim. (Hypergrid Business survey data.)

By comparison, last year hypergrid was in fifth place, after region backups, low prices, open source software and inventory backups. Having your own grid was in sixth place.

This could be an indication that the hypergrid is becoming more robust and usable, and that customers who previously would have been happy having regions on another grid are now looking to be set up on their own.

If so, this survey could be an indication that hosting providers need to adjust their marketing to promote hypergrid and having your own grid higher than they did before.

Plus, given the interest in content and an online marketplace, hosting providers should consider making Kitely Market access a marketing feature, as well.

Any grid, both on and off the hypergrid, can get deliveries from the Kitely Market, but there are some configuration steps that the hosting company needs to handle for grids that are not hypergrid-enabled — instructions are 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. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

4 Responses

  1.' An Avatar says:

    What ever happened to PixieViewer the Web Viewer we got a small taste of ? Seems to have floundered and died along the way, a real shame for sure, it had promise. Anyone else pick up where that left off ? If so, where can it be found ?

  2.' Minethere says:

    I agree that having the hypergrid enabled is very important. Not only as it is obvious that this is the future but because it vastly increases collaborations and ways to meet new and interesting people from all sorts of diverse backgrounds.

    I often hypergate into German places, such as Dorena’s world for events and such even though I can’t even understand German…I just find it fun and different to do.

    In fact, here is a plug for two I will try to attend today-))) [tho voiced in English mostly Germans will attend who also understand English.

    And this promises to be interesting and fun;

    I really like going to diverse grids and places.

    • That being said I was a little surprised at Alex’s announcement today that AviWorlds will be closing their hypergrid access.

      •' Chic Aeon says:

        That Aviworlds announcement WAS unexpected. And here I thought some sort of stability had come along with Mike — BEFORE Mike got ousted (all quite weird and pretty tacky really much like breaking off an engagement in at text :D).

        I have to agree with the list right down the line with some things toward the bottom not important to me at all. I am on seven grids in (or maybe that’s eight LOL) including the biggest three. Three are hypergrid enabled (or should I say “were”). With the end of the hypergrid at Aviworlds I can’t see much for me there. Too much instability and never knowing what the “rules” will be tomorrow or even hearing what the rules ARE.

        I do wish them well however. There were some good ideas there, just never enough time to have them take hold before another took its place.

        So I will be leaving “Portugal” and putting my OpenSim efforts into Canada where I just added a new building in the Valley. There is always plenty to do even in lands where you aren’t a retailer *wink*.

        Posting as a guest and not sure how that works — Chic Aeon