Wednesday, April 15, 2015

2014 PEOPLE: OPENSIM: I'm not going there unless my friends go there.

I'm not going there unless my friends go there.
New Year's Eve Party 2014 at Roxy Gellar's new club Giza on Kitely grid.

  • That is what I am saying about High Fidelity and SL2
  • That is what I said about Blue Mars, Google Lively, Opensim
  • and other alternatives to Second Life.  
  • I checked them all out, of course.


  • Blue Mars may have been technically better, but there was nobody there.
  • Google Lively ran in a browser, but there was no there there.  
  • And Google Lively was as lively as a wet dishrag.   
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  • I checked out Opensim in 2010, another time when Linden Lab shot itself in the foot.  
  • That was when suddenly, without warning, LL ended the discount 
  • for non-profits and cancelled the community gateway program.   
  • I tried out Inworldz and SpotOn3D. I found a few people I knew, but not many.  
  • What I found reassured me that we virtual worlders did have a backup plan 
  • in case Linden Lab finally screwed itself in the end.  
  • But Opensim had too few people to be my primary virtual world at that time
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  • I will watch  High Fidelity and SL2, to see who goes there.  
  • Any of my friends who go there will tell me about those places.  
  • And I will tell you.
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This time I was surprised to find:

  • A lot of people I know. 
  • Artists and content creators whose SL work I have reported on.
  • Musical performers whose work I have supported in SL.
  • Lots of people I was glad to know.   
  • A viable market place (Kitely Market).  
  • A lot of interest, activity, and communication.
  • (Just what a blogger wants.)

Why the change?  

  • The LL TOS fiasco made a lot of content creators test OpenSim
  • Second Life TOS (probably) relinquishes its claims on your creations
  • Educators found that they could run educational builds at much lower cost
  • Educators could connect their institutional computing resources to OpenSim.
  • Educators could better prevent griefing and embarrassing events.
  • People could save builds to file, then reuse, sell, or give them away. (OARs)

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