Lumiya Viewer Website Banner Remains


Official Lumiya Website – 22nd January 2021

The Lumiya Viewer website has had its main website content removed for some reason. The Lumiya banner is the only thing left remaining on the main homepage.

For many years the Lumiya Viewer website has not been updated by the creator. I have not visited the website since last year when everything was on there. Today I was surprised to see everything removed.

I am wondering if the creator is going to come back soon with a new revamped website along with a brand new app update. I think many would love to see that happen. There is a chance that the Lumiya Viewer website could be deleted in the months or years ahead.

Linden Lab is still working on a Second Life companion app for iOS and Android devices which will become available in beta at some point during 2021.

If anything changes this year I’ll post another blog post about Lumiya.

Inworld Map Tiles: New Update On Second Life Status Page


New Update

Today Linden Lab have updated the Second Life Status Page with a small update on the issue with the inworld map tiles. The last time the lab updated this section was back on 19th November 2020 and still the Second Life community is waiting for a ETA fix on the issue. The uplift has finished.

The good news is that the lab are working hard now to restore the map tile functionality. Here is the latest update as of 21st January 2021 via the Second Life Status page…

 

Update – Now that Uplift has finished we are working to restore the map tile functionality. We still do not have an ETA, but please follow this blog for updates and thank you for your patience!
Jan 2111:23 PST

 

Hopefully it won’t be too much longer until the inworld map tiles is fixed and it’s back to normal again. You Subscribe to the section on the Second Life status page for new updates.

OpenSim Grid Statistics – January 2021


Hypergrid Business posted within the past 48 hours or so the latest OpenSim grid statistics for January 2021 where the total land area grew by 2, 270 standard regions and more than 4, 000 new registered users this month compared with December 2020. The active users dropped by 646 due to some OpenSim grids not reporting their grid statistics.

The largest OpenSim grid at the moment is the OSgrid with 26, 154 standard regions followed by the Kitely grid with 19, 180 regions then it drops down to the DigiWorldz grid with 8, 015. The OSgrid has 6, 384 active users followed by DigiWorldz with 1, 875 active users and AviWorlds with 1, 590 active users.

The Growth Of OpenSim

OpenSim land area growth since December 2009 (Hypergrid Business Data)

As you can see above the OpenSim land area growth has been expanding since December 2009 and more rapidly since early 2014. OpenSim software has been around since January 2007 where the first client was released. There has been a lot of good progress and gains since then.

Overall OpenSim growth is still happening with loads of new grids coming online every month or so. There are many OpenSim grids that have been online for years that are still showing positive growth in terms of land area and active users.

As of 17th January the Second Life grid reported 25, 539 total regions and yes there is a lot of catching up to do. It’s going to take many more years though.

About OpenSim

OpenSim is a free, open-source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift. It allows people with no technical skills to quickly and cheaply create virtual worlds, and then teleport to other virtual worlds. Those with technical skills can run OpenSim worlds on their own servers for free, while commercial hosting starts at less than $5 a region.

The Kitely Market

(Kitely Market Data)

The Kitely Market is the largest “collection of legal content available in OpenSim” that currently has 17, 868 product listings and it’s growing every week. The Kitely market contains 36, 074 product variations where 30, 996 are exportable.

The Kitely Market has showed strong positive growth since July 2014 with even more products being added every month. It has now delivered orders to 484 OpenSim grids to date and more orders will be delivered to other grids in the months ahead.

The Future

I think that OpenSim will continue to grow throughout 2021 in terms of land area, new registered users and active users. I think there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of OpenSim including the Hypergrid. As long as more improvements/new features are added, more events take place and technical issues are addressed quickly then growth will continue.

It’s worth pointing out that there are loads of educators, performers, developers, creators, grid owners that have made successful gains over the years. The OpenSim community is very active and I think there will be more interest in the months and years ahead.

It will be interesting to see what happens with OpenSim during 2021 and 2022. I will be blogging more about OpenSim throughout this year. Stay tuned for that.