Category Archives: OpenSim

IW6 Then and Now Museum


IW6_003

There will be a special event happening at IW6 between 1:30pm to 3:30pm PDT on Friday 27th March 2015 over at the IW6 Then and Now Museum. Featuring Bardic Storytelling, poem tellings, brief stories and much more. This event will be moderated by the illustrious Bard Aoife Lorefield of the fabled Seanchai Library, which has just established its presence InWorldz at Sendalonde.

IW6 Then and Now Museum is a trip down memory lane where you can look at many historical pictures and info boards of InWorldz past and current community. Walk from station to station to discover the history of InWorldz.

IW6 Then and Now Museum

InWorldz 6th Birthday starts today from 11:45am PDT


 IW6 Welcome / Info Area

Happy 6th Birthday, InWorldz.

Today marks the start of InWorldz 6th birthday celebrations and to mark this special occasion there will be entertainment and festivities through until 2nd April 2015. The theme for InWorldz 6th birthday is Community – Then and Now. The tag line is With Community All Things are Possible!. There are over 40 sims to explore this year full of fantastic art, build designs, exhibit experiences and much more.

IW6 Welcome Info Area

IW6 Welcome Info Area

InWorldz 6th Birthday Event Schedule 

The grand opening to InWorldz 6th Birthday starts at 11:45am PDT on Friday 27th March 2015 with birthday announcements from EC and a special water show, DJd by Astoria Luminos over at the Water Show Amphitheatre.

See the full events schedule here. :)

IW6 Main Stage

IW6 Water Show Amphitheatre

InWorldz 6th Birthday Sim Layout

Here is the sim layout for InWorldz 6th Birthday Celebrations.

IW6 Sim Layout

IW6 Sim Layout

Spread the word, signup/log into the InWorldz grid and visit the 6th IW6 birthday sims. It’s time to celebrate 6 amazing years of InWorldz. :D

Kitely removing support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds


Ilan Tochner who is the CEO of the Kitely grid announced on 20th March via the Kitely Forums and the Kitely blog that support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds will be removed as of Friday 27th March 2015.

It seems like Facebook has decided to stop allowing external programs to get the list of groups that a user belongs. Kitely will be removing this feature and support for it later this week. For more details see below.

Via the Kitely Forums thread

We’ll be removing support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds on March 27. If you’re currently using this feature then make sure to change your world access controls before this date.

Via the Kitely blog post

Currently, World Managers can choose to restrict access to their worlds so only people who belong to certain Facebook Groups can visit it. Unfortunately, Facebook has decided to stop allowing external programs to get the list of groups that a user belongs to. Therefore, we are forced to remove this feature from Kitely. This will happen on March 27, 2015.

If you are currently using Facebook Groups for access control then you should switch to a different method of restricting access to your world: e.g., using OpenSim groups. Otherwise, once we’ve updated the system your world may become accessible to more people than you had intended.

Latest grid stats for Second Life & OpenSim – March 2015


Here are the latest grid stats for both Second Life and OpenSim and are correct as of 16th March 2015. Please note that these stats below come via SLUniverse Forums and Hypergrid Business for reference. Every three months I will share the very latest grid stats for Second Life and OpenSim during 2015 to see what’s going on.

Second Life Grid Stats Update

Tyche Shepherd posted a new report on Monday 16th March 2015 (page 92) on the SLUniverse Forums for the total number of Main Grid regions and private estates.

  • Total Number of Main Grid Regions: 25, 549 
  • Private Estates: 18, 535 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 014

Tyche Shepherd mentions on page 92 that the total private estates loses for the first 11 weeks of 2015 comes to a net loss of 65 regions which is 0.3% down on the end of last year.

OpenSim Grid Stats Update

Maria Korolov posted a new report on Hypergrid Business on Monday 16th March 2015 announcing that OpenSim has passed the 30, 000 active users milestone which is incredible I think. OpenSim is still ahead in the total amount of regions while Second Life is slowly declining once again. When SL 2.0 launches it will be interesting to see what happens in terms of the numbers but it’s early to tell at the moment.

  • Land area of OpenSim Public worlds: 57, 941 standard region equivalents (3, 797 square kilometers)
  • 94% of all OpenSim regions (57, 941) are on the hypergrid-enabled grids with 4, 079 of them being on closed grids
  • The number of registered users now stands at 433, 179

Land area on OpenSim’s public grids in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Top 10 Grids by Active Users in March 2015.

Top 10 Grids by Region Counts in March 2015.

Active users on the hypergrid-enabled grids and closed grids. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Next stats post will be in June 2015, stay tuned for that.

Linden Lab restricting use of the Linden Dollars in other virtual worlds


On Friday 13th March Hypergrid Business posted a blog post on Linden Lab restricting the use of Linden Dollars in other virtual worlds. The transfer of Linden Dollars to Avination grid is no longer available apparently including payment for Avination regions via the Avination ATMs across the grid. This is really bad news for the Avination community and this will effect them deeply. The talks between the Avination management team and Linden Lab have broken down.

I gather from this now that the current use of Linden Dollars will now be restricted to just Second Life. Other opensim grids/virtual worlds will have to come up with other ways around this issue if not already.

I received this email today about the cut in transfer of Linden Dollars to other virtual worlds.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Avination required to stop transfer of Linden Dollars. Linden Lab cut transfer of Linden Dollars to other virtual worlds.

Due to recent interaction with Linden Labs, we regret having to inform you
that the transfer of Linden Dollars to Avination is no longer available,
including the payment of your Avination sims via the Avination ATMs.
Following discussions with Linden Labs they have advised that any use of
Linden Dollars in payment for currency of ANY other virtual world, or for
external services which are not used in SecondLife ™ is in violation of the
TOS.

Avination Management has attempted to discuss this matter with Linden Labs by
reiterating the importance of this option as well as trying to understand how
this is a violation of TOS, but unfortunately these talks have since broken
down.

Linden Labs’ Lawyers are adamant that these TOS clearly state that Linden
Dollars cannot be transferred. This stance will not just affect us as at Avination but could also see far reaching consequences for other companies considering legal use of L$, including services like Shoutcast Stream Rentals and other services rendered outside of SecondLife.

Unfortunately, for our loyal users and us this means an end to offering a fast
and convenient way of exchanging Linden Dollars to C$. According to Linden Labs, users of SecondLife must cash out through LindeX before using the real currency to pay for services not rendered within SL.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause you and please accept we
have tried everything in our power to reach an amicable solution with Linden
Labs.

What do you think about Linden Lab restricting use of the Linden dollar in other virtual worlds ?

 

 

InWorldz 6th Birthday new poster and preliminary schedule


IW6 poster

IW6 new poster

In a few weeks time InWorldz will be celebrating its big 6th birthday event and this year it’s going to be amazing. The IW6 builders are busy preparing the regions for the grand opening celebrations. The focus this year for the birthday is community and team builds. Check out the new IW6 poster above designed by Zarmina Naidu. :)

The preliminary schedule has been released showing entertainment listings from 27th March through 2nd April 2015. The big grand IW6 birthday bash party will be happening on 1st April 2015. Apparently there will be contests and other fun activities throughout April and May on the grid of InWorldz to celebrate six years.

Here is a sneak preview of the IW6 Welcome Area and it looks very nice so far. I’ll be blogging more on IW6 in upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for that.

IW6 welcome area

First preview of the IW6 welcome area

Are you excited about InWorldz 6th Birthday ? Please comment below! :)

 

VWBPE 2015 updates and reminders


VWBPE 2015 coming soon

VWBPE 2015 coming soon

The 8th annual VWBPE conference starts 18th-21st March and the event will be happening on the VWBPE regions in Second Life. The theme is Crossroads this year and here are the deadline targets set by the VWBPE 2015 organizers, see below.

Latest VWBPE 2015 Updates

  • The VWBPE 2015 calendar is now live – see here for times, dates and info
  • Exhibit submissions extended until 27th February 2015
  • Post-conference VWBPE Virtual World Explorations submissions have to be received by 27th February 2015.
  • The Thinkerer Award – deadline for nominations is 1st March 2015
  • Registration is still open – attendance is free this year for SL/OpenSim platforms

I’m looking forward to attending VWBPE 2015 and I’m interested to hear more during the conference. In previous years it’s been a really good experience and the attendance numbers are pretty much high every time. I’m looking forward to hearing from Ebbe Linden and many more during the 2015 conference.

Just under a month to go until the event gets underway. Yay! :)