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.

Log Homes Railway Development – January 2021 Update


In recent weeks the Moles have added more railway track and more railway stations on the east side of the log homes continent highlighted in blue on the map below. It’s not yet open to the public for rezzing trains. The wait is almost over.

My last blog post back in late October 2020 I posted that the Moles extended the railway line from SSPE1162 to SSP1165. Since then the railway line has expanded through the middle of the log homes continent going east then turning up north near the new recently opened Stilt homes regions highlighted in red squares.

There are now new railway stations, rez areas, signal points, victorian tunnels, bridges, railway line crossings and much more. The Moles have been working on this railway development since early 2020 and have done a great job going through the different Linden home theme styles.

The latest new railway line starts roughly from SSPE1125 all the way up to SSPE1111 where there is a big loop around. There is a new railway station in SSPE1111 and a train on the tracks nearby.

I believe this is the end of the railway line on the east side of the log homes continent for now. I will blog again if new changes happen next month.

It’s worth flying over the new railway line from one side to the other side of the log homes continent seeing what’s new. I think you will be amazed at all the latest developments.

It’s going to look really exciting when the railway track finally opens in the weeks/months ahead along with new Linden homes. I can’t wait to ride the new railway soon and I’m sure many can’t wait to rez trains too.

Great progress so far overall and I can’t wait to see what comes next throughout this new year.

Preview Lab Gab – SLEA


SLEA Featured On Second Life Destinations

Starting at 11am PST on Friday 22nd January the first episode of the new 2021 Lab Gab series will air live. Strawberry Linden will be speaking to Tansee the coordinator for SLEA, Patch Linden (VP of Product Operations) and Brett Linden (VP of Marketing).

SLEA (Second Life Endowment for the Arts) is a new community arts initiative that has opened to the public in Second Life. SLEA is a multi region experience that aims to provide opportunities for established and emerging artists across the grid.

The first Lab Gab episode of 2021 sounds like it’s going to be a great episode to watch next week. I’m sure it’s going to be a popular episode with some special guests.

About the upcoming episode

Tune into Lab Gab today at 11am PT/SLT. Strawberry Linden will be speaking with the SLEA Coordinator Tansee, and our very own VP of Product Operations, Patch Linden, along with our VP of Marketing, Brett Linden.

You can add this event via the Second Life Public Calendar and help to spread the word.

Three New Board Directors Added To About Linden Lab Page


The About Linden Lab page has been updated this week unveiling three new board directors. These include Brad Oberwager, J. Randall (Randy) Waterfield and Raj Date. 

The lab have said that everything is carrying on as business as usual. There is no cause for alarm yet.

SecondLife is now listed as part of the Waterfield Network which is worth mentioning I think. Check out the biography for each of the new board directors at Linden Lab below…

BRAD OBERWAGER

Brad Oberwager has spent his entire career in technology and consumer focused companies as an entrepreneur and board member.

Currently, he sits on the board of two public companies, Asure Software (NASDAQ: ASUR) and Better World (NASDAQ: BWACU). He is the chairman of two companies he founded, Jyve and Sundia and is also on the board of TEGSCO (aka AutoReturn). He owned Bare Snacks, acquired by PepsiCo in 2018.

Brad was Vice-chair of YPO International, a global organization of 25,000 CEOs.

Brad received his BS from Georgetown University, his MBA from the Wharton School and lives in San Francisco. 

 

J. RANDALL (RANDY) WATERFIELD

Mr. J. Randall (Randy) Waterfield, is the Chairman of Waterfield Holdings, which traces its origins to 1928. After selling the largest private mortgage company in the US and largest Indiana based bank in 2006 and 2007 respectively, he diversified into technology, manufacturing and other industries.

Randy holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a graduate of Harvard University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Red Oak Partners, Waterfield Technologies, Linden Research, Inc. and has previously served on the boards of YPO (and was the 2017-2018 Chairman of YPO), Asure Software ( NASDAQ: ASUR), SMTC Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTX), RF Industries (NASDAQ: RFIL), among others. He is also the Co-Chairman of Missouri Cobalt, LLC, the largest cobalt mine in North America.

Randy supports various education, environmental and community development charitable causes through the nonprofit Waterfield Foundation and J. Randall Waterfield Foundation.

 

RAJ DATE

Raj Date was the first-ever Deputy Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As the Bureau’s second-ranking official, he helped steward the CFPB’s strategy, its operations, and its policy agenda. He also served on the senior staff committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and as a statutory deputy to the FDIC Board.

Before being appointed Deputy Director, Raj acted as the interim leader of the new agency, serving as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury. He led the CFPB for most of the first six months after its launch.

Currently, Raj is the Managing Partner of Fenway Summer, an advisory and investment firm focused on financial services and financial technology. In that capacity, he chairs the investment committee of Fenway Summer Ventures, a fintech venture capital fund, and works with clients of FS Vector, the fintech advisory firm. He also serves as a Director for a number of innovative firms in financial services: Prosper, the marketplace lender; Green Dot, the bank holding company; Circle, the digital asset firm; Grasshopper, a de novo bank; and College Ave, a private student lender.

He is a graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley (highest honors) and the Harvard Law School (magna cum laude).

What are your views on the latest announcement and the change on the Linden Lab about page ? 

Linden Lab Is Now Under New Ownership


On Tuesday 5th January Linden Lab officially announced that the regulatory review has been completed. This means that Linden Lab is now is under new ownership. Things are “business as usual” apparently and I think many will be wondering what will happen next. Hopefully there will be more news throughout 2021 into 2022. 

It’s good the lab have finally updated everyone after months of waiting for any news about the acquisition. 

Here is the confirmation via the blog post about the review completion. 

Another noteworthy development for the new year is that Linden Lab has new owners!

As announced in mid-2020, an investment group led by Randy Waterfield and Brad Oberwager signed an agreement to acquire the company subject to regulatory approval by financial regulators in the U.S. related to Tilia Inc.’s status as a licensed money transmitter as well as other customary closing conditions. We are pleased to share that the regulatory review has been completed and Linden Lab is now under new ownership. 

While the owners may be new, things are “business as usual” in Second Life. Last year saw strong growth for our virtual world and, as a result of this acquisition we expect even more resources in 2021 to further improve and grow Second Life in the future. 

 

Uplift Update 

Linden Lab mentioned in the blog post that the migration of Second Life to the cloud is now complete. Apparently “All the interconnected services and databases that collectively provide you with Second Life have been migrated to Amazon’s cloud servers”.

The uplift will bring better simulator performance and improve the ability to diagnose problems. The lab will be able to scale their system for more improvements and future growth. 

The lab showed a photo in the blog post which is the former cage at the lab facility which has hosted servers since 2009. It’s been cleaned out and is completely empty. Most of the old hardware has been scrapped. All of the drives have been destroyed. 

Hopefully things will get better during 2021 with better performance and improvements. Let’s hope the Uplift was worth it. 

First 2021 Second Life Grid Statistics Report


Private Estates weekly net change for 2020 – Source: Tyche Shepherd

Tyche Shepherd has posted some interesting grid numbers on Twitter for 2020 on Sunday 3rd January 2021. Apparently 2020 was a busy time for the Second Life grid as it grew from 24, 740 regions at the start of 2020 to 25, 555 regions as of today (+3.3%). The growth was mainly driven by private regions up from 16, 105 to 17, 024 (+5.7%) as of today. Linden owned regions declined from 8, 635 to 8, 531 as of today.

As you can see from the graphs on this blog post there were actually small positive rises of new private estates during the first quarter of 2020. Between April 2020 and May 2020 there was positive growth in private estates. During June 2020 and July 2020 there was a short lived decline happening until August 2020 where the grid showed positive growth steadily. In September 2020 and October 2020 private estates dropped. Since early November 2020 private estates have been showing positive grid growth again up to the last week of 2020 where a sudden decline occurred.

Since 27th December 2020 there has been a loss of 59 private regions in Second Life but hopefully things will improve during 2021. Linden Lab is currently unable to offer new regions again. This is not caused by falling demand or interest. Lets hope the lab can sort out the land store issue within the next few weeks.

No private region sales for now via Second Life Grid Status page

The Land Store will be undergoing unscheduled maintenance. New Private Region sales have been temporarily placed on hold. We are sorry for the inconvenience!

Tyche Shepherd tweet update for 2020…

Second Life Main Grid Size – 27th December 2020 vs 3rd January 2021

Outlook for 2021

Hopefully the lab will sort out the land store issue and then normal service will resume in terms of new region sales before the end of January 2021. It would be great to see Private Estates and Linden Owned regions increase more during 2021 without too many bumps happening.

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