Update on the grid numbers on Second Life and OpenSim during 2014

As of 6th December 2014 the total number of Main Grid regions now stands at 25, 675 with 18, 645 of those being private estates with 7, 030 being Linden owned regions. The total net loss of private estates losses now stands at 628 regions which is 3.3% in 49 weeks down since the start of 2014.

In comparison back on the 5th of January 2014 the total number of Main Grid regions was 26, 227 with 19, 241 of those being private estates with 6, 986 being Linden owned regions.

As of 17th November 2014 there are 54, 123 regions on the top 40 OpenSim’s public grids. In terms of popularity InWorldz, Metropolis and Avination were the popular grids during November 2014. In terms of region counts Virtual Worlds Grid, OSgrid and Kitely had the most regions during November 2014.

In comparison back on 15th January 2014 the top 40 OpenSim public grids region count was 31, 136 total regions. In summary Second Life has declined a little again and OpenSim has kept on growing in size since the start of 2014. Will these trends continue in 2015 ? We will have to wait until this time next year to find out.




3 thoughts on “Update on the grid numbers on Second Life and OpenSim during 2014

    1. Minethere

      A couple of items should be noted for clarity.

      Firstly, OSGrd has been down since August I think, so their November numbers are basically ghost numbers left on the splash page or wherever Maria gets those.

      This would make the top 3 lineup…Virtual Worlds Grid, Kitely, Metropolis and add in Lost Paradise for good measure.

      Additionally Virtual Worlds grid alone is responsible for the large hike in regions number equivalents back in May or so when they created some very large varregions. It could go away and the numbers would still show region equivalents increasing at a steady pace.

      Varregions http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Varregion it can be noted allow for very, very large standard “region equivalents” [a term that is likely to evolve to more better describe the evolving tech] and since it is contiguous landspace there are no region border crossing issues until, as with any of this, one reaches the ends…it just takes longer. So, for example, one could have, as Virtual Worlds grid did, large landmasses that comprise one’s full grid…why have 100 regions, for example, when one can have 1 large landmass. This allows for all the water you wish to have, islands and such sporadic lands, and all within one landscape…it is very, very cool.

      So, for now, Maria and others are still looking at the total landmass and dividing it up into “standard region equivalents of 256×256” that are still common now, to help people get a better vision of what is going on.

      It is also important to clarify that of Maria’s top grids in terms of popularity, Metropolis is NOT commercial but a non-profit and on the hypergates http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Hypergrid. So it has distinctly different goals and issues than the 2 commercial closed grids you mentioned.

      One can get an idea about how Metropolis operates via reading here and following links http://hypergrid.org/metropolis/wiki/en/index.php?title=Hauptseite.

      As well, it is very important to note what Maria says in this comment each month.

      “If there’s a public grid we’re not tracking, please email us at editor@hypergridbusiness.com. There’s no centralized way to find OpenSim grids, so if you don’t tell us about it, and Google doesn’t alert us, we won’t know about it.” and “All region counts on this list are, whenever available, in terms of standard region equivalents. Active user counts include hypergrid visitors whenever possible.

      Many school, company or personal grids do not publish their numbers.”

      Where it should be highlighted much more than she does, the fact that there are literally thousands of grids uncounted for all sorts of reasons. Her stats of this alone can validate this;

      “The OpenSim software has been downloaded 1,940 times this past month, including 614 downloads of the Diva Distro, 1,128 new downloads of Sim-on-a-Stick, 31 downloads of New World Studio, and 167 downloads of the standard distribution at OpenSimulator.org, which seemed to have a glitch in its counter this month.

      According to Hypergrid Business estimates, the OpenSim software has been downloaded 213,715 times since September 2010, when we first started keeping track.”

      Also, one can derive a more complete analysis by viewing her raw stats, and even comparing those month to month [which Maria only touches on];


      So from these points, alone, a much better picture can be developed showing clearly the hypergated Metaversum is on the rise, especially.




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