Island Oasis to join hypergrid today

(Image courtesy Island Oasis.)

(Image courtesy Island Oasis.)

Island Oasis, a three-year-old closed commercial grid, is turning on hypergrid connectivity today.

The transition will be discussed at a Town Hall Meeting today.

As part of the transition, the grid will also be hiring a part-time events coordinator.

Island Oasis Paolino position

Island Oasis’ transition brings the total number of active OpenSim grids on the hypergrid to 221. Only 71 public grids still have the hypergrid turned off, with InWorldz being the largest and the most popular of these.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

(Hypergrid Business data.)

Over the past few years, hypergrid traffic has been growing, at the expense of non-hypergrid activity, and land area has been expanding even faster.

(Hypergrid Business data.)

(Hypergrid Business data.)

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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.

  • Once Island Oasis joins the Hypergrid, Island Oasis members will be able to start getting items delivered from Kitely Market:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaAkYvC5Pi0

    Island Oasis merchants are also welcome to list their items in Kitely Market: https://www.kitely.com/virtual-world-news/2013/05/11/kitely-market-is-now-open-to-merchants/

  • Sugar Paolino

    Hi Maria. Thank you for the write up about Island Oasis. We had to postpone our upgrade to open the hypergates until this coming weekend (2/6/16) due to the stomach bug in our home. We are excited to be a part of this growing community. Just a quick correction to your article…..March 1st will mark our 5th year open to the public. We will email you a full write up on our upgrade and things we now offer. Mal Burns has extended an invite for us to be on Inword Review. I look forward to talking with you both in there as well. Take care and thank you again šŸ™‚

  • Penny Lavie

    Strange, what is clear to every Opensim user is the rise and success of hypergrid. Yet reading the minutes of this weeks opensim developers meeting a prominent opensim developer saying it will never work well, the system was not designed to work with hypergrid. I can see some closed grids promoting such scare tactics, especially those that have not managed to integrate well with the open nature of hypergrid and their businesses are in decline.

    • “Strange, what is clear to every Opensim user is the rise and success of hypergrid.”

      Yes, and the increase in activities are one indicator…I can’t even keep up anymore!-)

      Yet reading the minutes of this weeks opensim developers meeting a prominent opensim developer saying it will never work well, the system was not designed to work with hypergrid.

      Diva Canto is still involved with core and she invented hypergating. I just did a quick read of http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Chat_log_from_the_meeting_on_2016-02-02 and saw no reference to your statement. Perhaps it was a prior meeting.

      IMO, the real problem that will come to be more and more clear is the intention, stated by Melanie (I should find a citation but this comment is already taking to long…in any case, many are aware of this), of breaking from backwards compatibility. If this happens, which seems likely, all those people running other versions will no longer have the ability to run with core changes.

      Inherent with this is the fact that even now one can still find places running older versions back to .7.6. It is unlikely many of those types of people will hear of or if having read about this, upgrade.

      Which will also break and make a mess of hypergating.

      Of course .9 is not a production version so things may change.

      “I can see some closed grids promoting such scare tactics, especially those that have not managed to integrate well with the open nature of hypergrid and as a consequence their businesses are in decline.”

      This I totally agree with, and we are already seeing it in some regards. If it can be stated publicly it most certainly means it is being discussed privately.

      Personally, I only think it has some slight overall bother and in the fullness of the Hyperverse will not matter all that much. Many people out in the Hyperverse can see such contrivances easily, and ignore it.

      As we see in this article, another previously closed grid seeing the value in joining us. Those who don’t are welcome to that shrinking area of growth, to my eyes.