OpenSim Monthly Usage Goes Up


On 18th March 2022 David Kariuki published this month’s statistics on Hypergrid Business. It seems like the OpenSim monthly usage has gone up while the land area drops on grid outages. During the past month OpenSim gained almost 2, 000 active users which is good news.

The OSgrid is the biggest OpenSim grid at the moment with 35, 553 regions with Kitely in second place with 18, 936 regions which is quite a difference don’t you think. OSgrid has the most active users at the moment with 4, 804 with DigiWorldz in second place with 2, 070 active users.

Since last summer the total OpenSim land area has been steadily been increasing staying around the 100, 000 mark. OSgrid has seen a huge increase in new regions and active users in recent months. OSgrid is doing pretty well over on OpenSim at the moment and it will be interesting to see if this trend continues through the rest of 2022.

Many OpenSim grids actually offer free land and hosting is pretty cheap for those interested. See the breakdown here or grids renting land.

OpenSim is a free, open-source virtual world platform similar to Second Life that allows people with no technical skills to quickly and cheaply create virtual worlds, and to 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 Marketplace is still doing well with 19, 432 product listings which contains 38, 568 product variations (33, 431 are sold with the export permission). The Kitely Marketplace has delivered orders to 540 OpenSim grids to date which is pretty amazing. The Kitely Marketplace is accessible to private grids, closed grids and the hypergrid-enabled grids. In second place is the Tag Grid Marketplace featuring avatar appearances and accessories etc.

Hypergrid Business normally releases monthly statistics each month in the middle half part. It’s good to still see these reports being released and to see there are monthly OpenSim news/events happening.

New Firestorm Release 6.5.3.65658


On Tuesday 22nd March 2022 the Firestorm team released a brand new Firestorm release coded 6.5.3.65658 and it’s now available to download. This latest version brings it up to date with Linden Lab 6.5.2 official viewer release. This viewer comes with Linden Lab 360 Snapshot Tools so that you can now take all 360 degress snapshots. Firestorm AO now comes with many bug fixes and improvements.

The viewer comes with stability improvements and comes with better performance now. This version includes the new splash screen featuring the latest blog posts from the Firestorm Blog, Second Life official blog, Blogger Network, Grid Status, Second Life destinations, social links and much more.

Performance Floater: There is now a more realistic account of the rending costs and the floater comes with new automictic tuning capabilities. Basically the performance floater shows you in real time which avatars are lagging you and it examines your own attachments to see how they perform.

Autotune: Autotune allows the viewer to basically manage your graphics settings to give you the performance level you request.

Starlight Skins: The next release will no longer support Starlight Skins unless someone steps up to carry this on. If interested email admin@phoenixviewer.com with your experience and skills.

Multi-Factor Authentication: The Firestorm team are working hard to get the next release ready for when the lab releases the Multi-Factor Authentication viewer.

OpenSim: Now comes with “Hear Voice Equally” support.

Linux: There are new updates to the libraries, there Windows 64 bit voice as a new option, improved clipboard handling and more.

Mac: Special letters and key combinations do not work. Mac users on Monterey operation systems will not have voice working. The firestorm team are working on this and should be fixed in the next release.

Windows 11: Now comes with Windows 11 detection.

For the full release notes please visit the wiki page. Please spread the word about this release to your friends and family. Overall it’s a good upgrade version with many improvements in this release.

What do you think about this latest release ? Feel free to share your views in the comments section below.