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Friday, November 07, 2008


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Having managed to finally get into OpenLifeGrid, I have to say it definitely is not like Canada. Madagascar, perhaps. I felt as if I had gone back in time to an SL of years ago, where old bugs still existed, content was lacking, etc. They have a long way to go yet to replace SL.

Gahum Riptide

I logged in a while ago when Botgirl Questi was talking about it. I have to agree, it's lacking in a lot of stuff that makes me want to stay. Being a pioneer looks fun, but I'm heavily invested in SL. It would be fun to see what OL is like once it reaches a similar level as now. I may visit off and on to see how it progresses.

My only quibble was... it seemed like it was a land of bots and avatars who don't chat, at least the last time I was there. And for the supposed exodus, it seemed rather empty.

Crap Mariner

What kind of silly person sits upside-down?


Oh I don't know..I would think it was the other way around...SL as Canada.

Hamlet Au

I was (somewhat obscurely) referring to the title of Radar's series, "Moving to Canada", which is in turn a take on my own line from last week's GigaOM post, "'I’m moving to OpenSim!' has already become the metaverse version of the 'I’m moving to Canada!' threat we hear every U.S. Presidential election." Which sorta became an outdated analogy for most Americans after the vote was counted.


Does Radar have valid points ? certainly !
It is going to be rough in those new emerging grids ? you bet. But I think to a large degree it is if you want to support with your hard cash a monopoly which does not seem to care much about their customers or you are going to help fund the competition which seems to care more about them. Since SL likes those free accounts you sure can scale down your exposer in SL and be invested in another grid.

Young Geoffrion

Yes, a migration from SL to OpenSim grids is probably premature if you are a user. But that quite misses the point, in my opinion. OpenSims allow you to run a standalone version of Second Life, for free, on your desktop, then move it to a hosted server for $15 to $20 dollars a month and connect it to a grid when you are ready for visitors. You can upload content for free and create your own rules. In short, you can be a Linden if you want. For an artist, it's a wonderful way to develop clothing, scripts and builds offline. It's not for the faint-hearted because it takes a willingness to mess with software builds, but if a 280 year-old like me can do it (following instructions at http://blip.tv/file/1421954 ) then so can nearly anyone else.

Sered Woollahra

It is worth noting that OpenSim, the platform for these other grids, is formally still in alpha stage, meaning very early development. There is no 'OpenSim 1.0' yet! This is from the opensimulator.org site:

"As OpenSim is still at an alpha code maturity stage, there is absolutely no guarantee that functionality works or is stable, even in the numbered releases."

OpenSim needs time to mature; the grids will evolve along with the code - probably.

Iggy O

My blog has an avatar-correspondent in OpenLife, Mojobox Kane. The skinny on what he's found after one login:

--rather empty world so far
--Ruth lives! That's your one beginning avatar.
--lag happens in OpenLife (their welcome area had a pic of a virtual meeting with gray avatars shown)
--the client has the nifty feature of permitting one to log on to any of several virtual worlds
--avatars may choose first and last names
--noobs begin with 10000 credits. Mojobox has not found anything, yet, to buy.

Ann Otoole

I think OpenLife has a ways to go. However I was able to create clothing and accessories there without any problems. I don't count a crash rate similar to Secondlife as a negative since it is equal as far as what I observed.

However the problem I do see with Open Source sims is the anti content creator attitude. I can easily predict these open source grids will collect more legal problems than is financially logical to sustain simply from vast numbers of people uploading content without a legal license to do so. Given the direction some "leaders" want to take it they seem to be pushing to shovel legal liability off on the grid owners lol.

I think people running these grids best get lawyers and keep their residents in line by deleting any account (and everything created by or uploaded by that account) that uploads a stolen texture.

The future of these open source grids will be interesting.

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