April 13, 2024

That is the month-to-month stats report, the place we depend up all of the areas and customers on the general public OpenSim grids. This month, the variety of energetic public grids hit an all-time excessive — 428. That is even if we’re now categorizing many grids as non-public in the event that they don’t have helpful web sites, or social media pages, or present different indicators that they’re making an attempt to draw the general public.

Land space can be up, to the best it’s been since final October. We now have the equal of 117,869 commonplace areas on the general public OpenSim grids. As a fast comparability, Second Life presently has 27,778 areas, according to Grid Survey. That implies that OpenSim presently has greater than 4 occasions the land space of Second Life, and that’s not even counting non-public grids. That is principally as a result of the truth that OpenSim areas are considerably cheaper, and typically free, and OpenSim affords faculty and corporations a lot higher management, privateness, and safety.

Nevertheless, the entire variety of OpenSim energetic customers dropped to 41,620 — 566 decrease than final month — as a result of seasonal modifications, grid shutdowns, and repair interruptions.

We at the moment are monitoring a complete of two,563 OpenSim grids, 428 of which had been energetic this month, and 282 of which revealed statistics.

OSgrid, Wolf Territories Grid, and Kitely, are the three most intensive grids by land space, with Wolf Territories additionally being the fastest-growing grid by land measurement having added 2,800 new areas within the final month. Additionally it is the fastest-growing by variety of actives having added 1,484 new energetic customers within the final month.

Wolf Territories has a really energetic Discord channel, and you may also observe them on Facebook and YouTube. However one of the vital spectacular issues they provide is their land package — £20.00 a month (US $25) for a two-by-two area that may maintain as much as 120 avatars and 1.2 million prims. These areas are geographically contiguous, which means that they’re related by way of waterways or land space to be able to journey overland to go to your neighbors. Plus, the grid guarantees that your areas will likely be prepared inside ten minutes of the order being positioned. And you’ll hire these big areas in bulk — £35 a month for 2 var-regions, and £120 a month for 100. No marvel they’re rising quick.

This is a superb instance of how OpenSim’s infrastructure could be deployed in such a approach as to decrease prices and enhance efficiency for customers.

OpenSim complete land space chart through the years. (Hypergrid Enterprise Information.).

ZetaWorlds is second by the variety of areas added previously one month with 1,136 new areas, adopted by Groovyverse at 265, and OSgrid with 260 new commonplace area equivalents.

ZetaWorlds affords two-by-two areas with 75,000 prims for €18.99 (US $21) per thirty days with other configuration options also available. Groovyverse land prices begin at $25 per thirty days for a area that may be configured to be as huge as 16 by 16 commonplace areas. Each grids additionally provide free land parcels to residents.

OSgrid affords limitless free areas to all residents — so long as individuals run them on their residence computer systems. They have an easy region installer here. No marvel they’re the biggest grid in OpenSim.

Another choice for individuals who need free OpenSim land is to make use of DreamGrid  from OutWorldz, a model of OpenSim utilized by many individuals to create digital worlds on private computer systems, non-public firm grids, or faculty grids.

Our stats additionally don’t embrace a lot of the grids operating on DreamGrid since these are usually non-public grids.

DreamGrid reported final month that it has recorded a complete of 10,377 DreamGrids which have launched thus far. Nevertheless, when the grid identify modifications are accounted for, 3,435 Dreamgrids have been put in as proven by a depend of distinctive, random IDs, mentioned  Micro Technology Services CEO Fred Beckhusen. Micro Expertise Providers owns each DreamGrid and OutWorldz.

Fred Beckhusen

The whole listing of grids for which OutWorldz experiences stats is available here

With the free-to-use DreamGrid software program, customers can simply create digital worlds via a graphical interface and one-click set up function. They will additionally use it to simply and shortly handle their grids, together with including new areas, banning customers, deleting areas, auto restarting,  monitoring utilization stats, and shutting down whole grids or unoccupied areas to avoid wasting computing energy.

OutWorldz also offers free OARs — full area information — which you’ll be able to load to your grid simply and with little effort.

OpenSim is a free open-source, digital world platform, that’s just like Second Life and permits individuals with no technical expertise to shortly and cheaply create digital worlds and teleport to different digital worlds. These with technical expertise can run OpenSim worlds on their very own servers free of charge utilizing both DreamGrid, or the official OpenSim installer for individuals who are extra technically inclined, or another distribution, whereas business internet hosting begins at lower than $5 a area.

A listing of OpenSim internet hosting suppliers is right here. Obtain the recommended Firestorm viewer here and discover out the place to get content material to your OpenSim world or area right here.

Hypergrid Enterprise publication now accessible

Each month on the fifteenth — proper after the stats report comes out — we will likely be sending out a publication with all of the OpenSim information from the earlier month. You may subscribe right here or fill out the shape beneath.

High 25 grids by energetic customers

In terms of general-purpose social grids, particularly closed grids, the rule of thumb is the busier the higher. Folks seeking to make new mates search for grids that have already got probably the most customers. Retailers seeking to promote content material will go to the grids with probably the most potential clients. Occasion organizers on the lookout for the most important viewers — you get the thought.

High 25 hottest grids this month:

  1. OSgrid: 4,847 energetic customers
  2. Wolf Territories Grid: 2,170 energetic customers
  3. DigiWorldz: 1,917 energetic customers
  4. GBG World: 1,718 energetic customers
  5. Alternate Metaverse: 1,520 energetic customers
  6. ZetaWorlds: 1,379 energetic customers
  7. Soul Grid: 1,145 energetic customers
  8. Piggy Bank Grid World: 1,098 energetic customers
  9. AviWorlds: 1,067 energetic customers
  10. Moonrose: 1,056 energetic customers
  11. Exo-Life: 993 energetic customers
  12. Neverworld: 970 energetic customers
  13. Kitely: 861 energetic customers
  14. Eureka World: 840 energetic customers
  15. Craft World: 829 energetic customers
  16. Party Destination Grid: 827 energetic customers
  17. The City: 657 energetic customers
  18. Jungle Friends Grid: 628 energetic customers
  19. Youth Nation: 578 energetic customers
  20. Trianon World: 550 energetic customers
  21. Offworld: 517 energetic customers
  22. Barefoot Dreamers: 486 energetic customers
  23. DreamNation: 468 energetic customers
  24. Astralia: 421 energetic customers
  25. Arkham Grid: 413 energetic customers

The energetic listing relies on energetic, distinctive 30-day consumer login numbers that grids report on their stats pages. These grids that don’t report their numbers is likely to be simply as fashionable, however we wouldn’t know.

Wolf Territories Grid added the best variety of new energetic customers within the final 30 days with 1,484, adopted by Impulse Grid with 277, The City with 248, Digital Worlds Zone with 244, and ProxyNet with 299 new energetic customers. 4 different grids additionally every bought greater than 100 new actives in the identical interval.

Relating to shock decreases in energetic consumer numbers which occur primarily as a result of downtimes and closures, WaterSplash energetic consumer numbers went down by 629 customers previously month, adopted by Piggy Bank Grid World‘s by 217, and Eureka World by 178.

The energetic consumer stats are used to generate the favored hypergrid locations listing, which is helpful you probably have a hypergrid teleport and need to put up gates to the preferred grids, or embrace the preferred grids in an in-world listing. This listing can be a superb place to begin if you wish to open up new shops, maintain occasions, or are simply on the lookout for locations to go to.

Right here’s some data on how and why it is best to arrange a stats web page to your grid. Not all grids want a stats web page — particularly grids that aren’t open to the general public like faculty grids, non-public firm grids, small household grids, and so forth. From prior surveys, this darkish metaverse of OpenSim grids is considerably greater than the one we find out about, as a result of these grids don’t want to advertise themselves, and we by no means hear about them.

On-line marketplaces for OpenSim content material

There are presently 19,884 product listings in Kitely Market containing 39,337 product variations, 34,254 of that are exportable.

Kitely Market information — complete itemizing, variations, and exportables. (Picture courtesy Kitely Market.).

Kitely Market has delivered orders to 585 OpenSim grids so far. The Kitely Market is the biggest assortment of authorized content material accessible in OpenSim. It’s accessible to each hypergrid-enabled and closed, non-public grids. The instructions for how to configure the Kitely Market for closed grids are here.

As seen from the above chart, practically all the expansion in Kitely Market has been in content material that may be exported to different grids — that’s the inexperienced space within the chart. The purple space, of non-exportable content material, has stayed stage for the previous seven years.

Providing a handy and low-cost approach for OpenSim customers to purchase authentic, authorized content material not solely affords creators gross sales alternatives that they wouldn’t have in any other case however reduces the necessity for pirated content material, just like the best way that Netflix and different streaming companies have diminished the quantity of unlawful video streaming.

As well as, proscribing content material to closed grids does little to cease piracy. Most stolen content material is ripped from Second Life, the unique closed grid. The one time that being on a closed grid affords further safety for content material creators is when the content material entails high-end scripts or proprietary animations.

Talking of closed grids — the place customers aren’t capable of teleport to different grids — the most important such grid, Tag, additionally has its on-line marketplace. {The marketplace} lists 28,293 gadgets each on the market and free.

Merchandise on sale on Tag. (Picture courtesy Tag.).

Neverworlds’ Marketplace, which launched final month, is another choice for OpenSim grids, and does help hypergrid buyers. The positioning presently lists 33 gadgets on the market to residents and 44 gadgets for hypergridders. It’s a place for sourcing free and very low cost gadgets since most are priced at underneath $3.

Neverworlds additionally affords free digital land to residents who can then arrange store and craft or herald digital gadgets on the market or give away on the market. The free parcels measures from 3,000 to 16,000 meters in measurement and of as much as 5,000 prim limits, grid proprietor Govega Sachertorte instructed Hypergrid Enterprise.

Volunteers wanted for OpenSim .Internet 6 testing

As the event of OpenSim shifts from Mono to the .Internet 6 platform, builders are calling on people who find themselves accustomed to .Internet or C# testing to affix the builders’ weekly meetings at 11 a.m. Pacific Time each Tuesday or make solutions for testing over the mailing listing.

The assembly takes place on the Dev Outreach area of the OSgrid whose hypergrid deal with is hg.osgrid.org:80:Dev Outreach.

Volunteering is essential since there presently isn’t any automated testing arrange for OpenSim, mentioned Zetamex Virtual Network CEO Vincent Sylvester.

Vincent Sylvester

“Transferring to .Internet 6 is pretty easy, set up of the runtime is just like mono and on most machines is a number of instructions,” he instructed Hypergrid Enterprise. “The largest distinction is now not is the executable used, as a substitute the OpenSim.dll and Sturdy.dll are used to run the applying.”

In the meantime, a minor bug that affected ban lists has been fastened on the .Internet department to make the ban listing flag — the flag that’s used to skip checking for entries on the ban listing if there aren’t any entries on it — efficient even earlier than a guide entry is made to a ban listing. Beforehand, the flag was not modified by way of script features and so turned efficient provided that and when a consumer added an entry to the listing. Now, the flag is managed by way of script features, mentioned Sylvester.

“Eradicating all entries from the listing by hand resets the flag, however presently solely the reset operate will accomplish that for the script equal,” he mentioned. “Once more, until backported this repair is barely on the .Internet department so for anybody utilizing safety techniques that depend on these features, is likely to be a good suggestion to simply add a random consumer to the listing to verify the flag is energetic and bans are checked correctly.”

You may go here to learn more about the recent changes made to the .Internet department.

XMIR grid now utilizing .Internet 6 model of OpenSim

Xmir Grid now not runs any simulators on mono and is now totally utilizing the platform that’s in growth model 0.9.3.dev. The grid has a complete of 62 public areas plus a sturdy server, a devoted database server, and quite a few personal check areas.

The implementation is working effectively thus far and the crew has not famous any important misharps thus far, mentioned grid proprietor Geir Noklebye.

“Efficiency is nice, perhaps barely higher than mono on the identical {hardware}, however it’s arduous to inform until you truly benchmark it,” he instructed Hypergrid Enterprise. “Reminiscence use appears to be considerably down over mono.”

“I’m operating it and or testing it on something from modest Intel processors, Xeons, and Apple M1 and M2 processors and there aren’t any processor-specific points I’ve found. Am operating Debian 11, or macOS 12.x and 13.x.”

The restrictions, he identified, are you possibly can solely run Bulletsim physics and the Y-engine scripting engine, so relying in your begin level from the place you improve, you would possibly discover points associated to that and never .Internet in itself. Plugins resembling Opensim search presently don’t work, he added, and you probably have grown your individual they might want some recoding.

“If individuals need to check the efficiency and compatibility the area at grid.xmir.org:8002:Dayturn is a 512 by 512 VAR operating on a 10-year-old 1.4 GHz i5 with solely 4 Gb reminiscence on the machine,” he mentioned. “The grid mainland at grid.xmir.org:8002 runs on Xeon processors. The grid database is operating MySQL 8.0.33 on an Apple Mac Mini with an M1 processor and really quick SSD, which helps.”

Neverworlds grid to host Jerry Garcia Digital archive museum

Neverworlds will launch the Jerry Garcia archive museum with a grand opening on July 6 in a brand new official collaboration with Jerry Garcia, mentioned grid proprietor Govega Sachertorte.

“There will likely be about 100 artwork items within the museum inside and out of doors artwork backyard,” she instructed Hypergrid Enterprise. “The museum might have altering reveals to focus on totally different themes. What many ppl aren’t conscious Jerry was first an artist and he created 2000 items throughout his lifetime.”

The museum will develop into accessible to the general public after the launch.

Neverworlds has additionally now enabled the Gloebits cash system and digital OpenSim forex. The grid additionally has a new calendar online. It has additionally began occasions with three dwell singers weekly and a rotation of DJs, in addition to a weekly new member social and By no means Riders, a weekly bicycle touring group. The group excursions sims inside Neverworlds and the schedule will quickly be on the calendar.

“The touring group does solely Neverworld street excursions presently as we’ve a extremely intensive street system,” mentioned Sachertorte. “It’s enjoyable and a solution to go to all of the sims within the continent. All are invited to affix in.”

The group has already toured the Jerry Garcia Foundation.

Digital Seaside has a brand new proprietor

Nichole aka Mistress Dalgato, who has been a resident on the Virtual Beach grid, is now the brand new grid proprietor. The Digital Seaside grid crew is engaged on a brand new welcome area, The grid has additionally launched a number of new areas and is planning on a number of extra options, occasions, and dinkie events, mentioned Dalgato.

“We’re hoping we are able to discover some DJs to have month-to-month events,” he instructed Hypergrid Enterprise. “Had been are additionally hoping within the subsequent few months to convey again karaoke however we’ll see. We even have very affordable land sale costs.”

Though the grid could also be a small one proper now, he famous, they’re like a household.

“We’ve got been getting some new members coming from Second Life who’re actually good at constructing,” he mentioned. “If we are able to get the help and produce a few of the outdated members again, who is aware of, we might return to a few of the meet and greets we used to do as soon as per week.”

AviVerse AlterEgo now affords Vivox for residence areas

AlterEgo grid, which is now often known as the AviVerse AlterEgo, gives full Vivox voice help to be used on all sims together with the digital areas that customers set up on their computer systems at residence. Area house owners don’t have to create an account with Vivox to make use of the voice system. The selection to make accessible the voice on this method was made to assist those that can now not have an account on Vivox, grid admin Gin Ego instructed Hypergrid Enterprise.

The house-based areas are comparable to people who individuals can get on OSgrid. The service is free, and the installer is available here.

So far as we all know, no different grid presently affords free Vivox voice for home-based areas. Electronic mail us if anybody else does!

New grids

The next grids had been added to our database this month: Alecia Grid, Atlas Grid, Avie Realm, Darkheart’s Estates, Deep Playa, Grid Network, Grid Racers, Happy Hour, Impulse Grid, New Life Italy, ProxyNet, SSG Sacred Grove, The E Grid, Virtual Learning Village, WKD Bucket Grid, and Zodiac.

If you already know of any public grid that we’re lacking, please electronic mail us at [email protected] or [email protected].

Closed grids

After a grid has been inactive for 2 months, we mark it as suspended. Then, after it’s been suspended for a few months, we mark it as closed.

The next 27 grids had been marked as suspended this month: Acearia, Admeja, admeja.web, Almost Heaven, AnKaBi Grid, Avi Resurrection, blackswan.dyndns-server.com, Casadamici, Dreamscape, EasterHome, Forlorn Hope, Gabngio, Gyssy, HD Skin World, Insanity Grid, Laguna Bay, Legacy, Matrix, Mreža regij, Nightwalker Services, Nymph Paradise, Old Fuori Grid, Open Dream, Paradwys, Quintonia, Virtual Harmony, and Your World.

Typically, a grid modifications its loginURI or web site deal with — if that’s the case, electronic mail us and tell us and we’ll replace our database.

High 40 grids by land space

The listing beneath is a small subset of current OpenSim grids. We at the moment are monitoring a complete of two,563 totally different publicly-accessible grids, 428 of which had been energetic this month, and 282 of which revealed their statistics.

All area counts on this listing are, every time accessible, when it comes to commonplace area equivalents. Energetic consumer counts embrace hypergrid guests every time attainable.

Many faculty, firm, or private grids don’t publish their numbers.

The uncooked information for this month’s report is right here. A listing of all energetic grids is right here. And here’s a listing of all of the hypergrid-enabled grids and their hypergrid addresses, sorted by reputation. That is very helpful in case you are making a hyperport.

You may see all of the historic OpenSim statistics right here, together with polls and surveys, courting all the best way again to 2009.

Are you aware of another grids which might be open to the general public however that we don’t have in our database? Electronic mail me at [email protected] 

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