My review of 2014 touched on some things, as this will also. I can't really keep up with all that is happening anymore. I do hope that my readers will find something of interest in this blogpage, and follow the various links to learn more.
As noted in that previous review, this article shows that there are more active users using the hypergated aspects of OpenSim than are using the closed commercial uses of it. It also shows the landmass of those using core OpenSim is much larger.
Then we see that active users pass another milestone. Hypergrid activity is at an all-time high and sees no signs of any abatement. This harkens to a new era of interconnected but distributed regions and grids where more and more people can connect to each other as simply as we now do via internet hyperlinks.
Can you imagine how cool that will be!!!
As more and more previously closed grids see the value in joining the greater Community, and more and more users dip their hands into the hypergrid, I see an explosion of activity as this year progresses.
When we also know that Immersive 3d systems are getting attention and evolving into another potentially interested group of people, we can expect a lot to happen, and a lot has already happened.
Kitely's Online Market continues to attract creators and continues to grow into the one-stop place for shopping. As it can deliver to any OpenSim grid, whether closed or open, more and more people are seeing the value in this.
Personally I am more for the free or almost free aspects of OpenSim where I roam. I love what Selea Core offers us, for free. And there are many more like her who share. I like that ethos.
However, I do recognize some people really need any income they can derive from this in order to help with their quality of life. That's totally understandable.
If I had my druthers we would find a nice meshing of the two systems. Both only add choices for people and really can work in harmony together.
OSGrid had been down since last August and fixed the issues the other day. I think their downtime was a very good thing for the hypergated Metaversum. We saw an unprecedented amount of new networking and collaborations. People who had previously found enough to do just in OSG then found there is so much more to see and do.
Google + is really coming to be the major gathering place for OpenSim folks. I found this tutorial that looks helpful for those not involved there yet.
There are several very active OS communities. A short list:
- OpenSim Virtual is by far the largest community with a great assortment of involved people. Most any questions about OpenSim can be answered there.
- Kitely Virtual is a community run by volunteers. Although the Kitely owners participate in it, they do not own it.
- Craft-World is a very nice not for profit grid with a focus on Artistic endeavours as well as some awesome freebies. Loaded with very nice people, it is a must see of hypergated grids. Joining it you can HG [hypergate] to any others who have enabled the HG.
- Metropolis is a primarily German grid, another non-profit, and hosted in Germany. But they welcome all people with open arms and are very interested in sponsoring Educational pursuits. Recently Thurgau University joined. Art is another major interest of Metro. There is a well connected group of residents who are very helpful, who sponsor events, and answer questions. Their forums are very helpful. HG enabled and people can also connect their own simulators to it for free.
- FrancoGrid is another word for "how cool can we get?"...I don't kid you, that grid is very, very cool. On the hypergates, of course, and full of Artists, you can join this grid and even become a member of their Association. Click here for their website.
- 3rd Rock Grid is one of the oldest in OpenSim. They recently enabled hypergating and are enjoying a new era in fun and collaborating. Known for the Star Trek roleplay, with both German and English activities, they are also known for their Entertainment events.
- Interested in learning how to hypergate? Interested in exploring OpenSim with a fun, smart and very helpful group of people? Then join this community and you can!
- Some Kitely residents have formed another hypergating tour group. Knowledgeable people who love newcomers and who love to explore are there to help you.
- Sanctuary is a grid with a purpose, and that purpose is to fill it with hypergates to destinations all across the Metaverse!! And Shaun does it well! It is also home to several regions run by my very good friend Christine in whose blogpages you can find out anything you wish to know! Her Sanctuary regions are full of Arcadia Asylum content, as much of it she can get her grubby little hands on! And why am I yelling?!!
- Do you like to party and dance and mingle? The Hypergrid Events g+ community has a lot to show you. Once you are connected you will find as much, or as little, as you want to do.
- And if you are already a seasoned hypergrid user, or if you want to learn on your own, this community of Hypergrid Destinations will allow you to experience awesome places.
- Do you have a need for speed? Do you like handling greasy car parts? Like to wear cool mesh Driving outfits? Like to race on multi-region tracks with no region crossing issues because they use Varregions? Like the power of winning races or speed boating or other vehicular activities? Like sexy women and/or Men to fawn over you? Then look up Mike Hart and also join his Next Reality Community. You will have fun, pinky finger promise-)
Recently there has been a growing awareness of using crowdfunding to get OS code fixes and features done. This article describes the first such a thing done. This may actually turn out very well. In the comments you can introduce yourself to the people involved."Pinky, pinky bow-bell,Whoever tells a lieWill sink down to the bad place,And never rise up again."
Places and builds are not limited by artificial limitations in for-profit grids. In OpenSim we can have vast lands and so many prims I once heard that a guy put 1 million on a region [I am pretty sure his computer was hyped up a bit...lol]. I personally rezzed 381k prims once on a friends computer when it was connected to Metropolis's testgrid.
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