Monday, June 10, 2019

Still alive & kicking

Geez, 6 months no Blog posts. You probably thought i quit. But i didn't. When Google+ disappeared google " forgot" my Blogger was hooked to it, so first had to re-register before I could get back in. Also i wrote some drafts, but never hit the publish button. And thus all over sudden 5 months have passed.
Since G+ is gone, OSgrid opened a MeWe account here. 

OSgrid is still present and going strong, despite the sounds about a declining interest in virtual worlds in general. We have seen quite some people leave over the last years. Developers, admins, even some long running venues and annual events in the metaverse have had their "last run". In some cases however the 'passion' lives on and such events are continued by others. HgSafari & Avatarfest for example. In absolute numbers, new people keep discovering opensim. There just more thinly spread due to a massive growth in smaller grids. Overall there is still growth, even after some major grids having closed down the past year.

Despite the metaverse being a niche (it is, really, ask anyone you know in RL about metaverse stuff...)  i like to believe its a persistent one. Just like in real life, people come and go as time moves on. Some grids grow, some get abandoned and disappear.
Living in OSgrid i'm not scared of it "disbanding". In the past 4 years, the board and it's admins have achieved impressive steps forward, strongly backed by a supportive community. Bearing in mind it's  completely running on volunteers, it's progress is slow but steady.

Servers got migrated, front end completely rebuilt, OSgrid made legal non-profit status, listed at  Paypal, due to collective efforts and support of all users & residents with fundraising efforts. The admin team was expanded with Wizard and Aussie, LBSA  plaza has been modernized. Hurliman plaza was born so we have a great auditorium for meetings now, and we said goodbye to some older event builds, as these now get built per event and loaded at Event Plaza. The database server disks have been renewed, and all above efforts give us stability and the capacity of growing for another 3-5 years. Residents sometimes don't "see" much of what the OSgrid board does, but as you can see, it's doing exactly what it should. Prepare for the future constantly. This is also the theme for our next fundraiser. Building a solid future.

Yesterday (9-6) OSgrid has had it's annual community meeting, you can read it back here. In there the following items were discussed :

OSG12B regions : They are up. 22-28 July is the event date. The first 2 regions are already full, so if you want a display plot, don't wait too long asking for one. at any of the admins. OSG is preparing huge party's as always, and your input is really appreciated. Talk to Aussie if you want to run a gig on Event Plaza. And don't forget to visit the OSG12B regions to check the cool builds and grab the goodies !

Fundraiser :Planning for our yearly fundraiser has started. This is all very early, but these events take an incredible amount of effort to not only be held but also " work", so a whole team started brainstorming on this years festivities. (Dunno if this is a secret, but : This year will have Sci-fi / Steampunk as theme !!).  It's going to be a blast, like last year !

OSgrid Board changes : Wizard Atazoth has been invited to join the OSgrid board of Directors. We congratulate him on his new position, and wish him luck and much wisdom in this role. Like all board members, he will also remain active as grid administrator, so you can still bug him with tech stuff.

Admin Changes :Last, but not least. Paela Argus, our web and back end developer, has retired from active duty. We congratulate him, as he's expecting to become a father soon !!  He will need his time to focus on his new family. The efforts and input he gave to this grid are commendable, so on behalf of the OSgrid and it's community we thank him for all of is hard work and efforts, and wish him all the luck in the world in a new adventure as a parent.

Monday, October 8, 2018

New opensim released

After months of not much happening codewise, 2 versions of opensim were released to the OSgrid, of which the latest is found HERE.  Few things for your consideration, depending which version you come from :

- On windows this build requires .NET 4.6
- This build has a new OSSLenable.ini. It's located in bin/config-include
(OSSL is now completely removed from opensim.ini).
- This build no longer has a VIVOX section in opensim.ini
(You can just add the vivox code snippet below the section "freeswitch", if you have vivox access)
- This build no longer has 3DWarpmap as default maptile provider.
If you want to run 3dwarpmap, consider these steps :
* enable 3dwarpmap in opensim.ini
* Disable "draw textures on prims" -> false (if you fail to do this, region will likely spit EOC marker errors in console, and make you wait forever to fully start).
* Start region, wait until its booted. Shutdown
* Enable "draw textures on prims" -> true. save.
* Start region. (Initial boot will take longer, but it works, and you will have pretty map tiles. Be patient). Can still give EOC marker errors, but will skip those faster somehow, if the map already has tiles.
In short, above means you can best start a fresh install, and manually reconfigure your INI's, where needed.

For as far as the Red Dragon regions are concerned, there all up and running latest. 
I did create OAR's exports, dropped the database, created 5 new databases, and split my 25 region VAR in smaller bits, as i didn't like the load of the 5x5, and startup took way too long. My conclusion is that 160000+ prims and 6000+ scripts should just not exist in 1 VAR. It will work. But that's about it. Boot's slow, lag, huge memory load on a single process. Not optimal. 
Performance is much better now the load is divided. And having fresh OAR's is not a bad thing either. All donations - funding enables OSGrid to migrate / put up new asset servers....
note on last week :

Sunday, September 2, 2018

OSgrid fund raising Carnival

One of OSgrid's annual events is a fundraiser. As oldest and largest grid in the Metaverse, it runs off quite an impressive array of hardware, which hosts all the assets. Along with the new grid-servers running the web page and grid services, this gobble's up RL cash.
Since OSgrid completely relies on donations and volunteers to remain in operation, it collaborates with it's great in-world community to raise funds.

This year a whole week of events is being planned, with carnival rides, games, shows, a donation auction, swimsuit competition, a soccer event and lots of Party's !

Keep posted inworld and on the Facebook and G+ pages. The events will run from the 21st to the 28th of September.

With your donations  the grid is kept alive, going strong, and moving forward. So your contribution, either small or big, and in whatever form, is very much appreciated and needed.
The voluntary nature of OSgrid's setup keeps the grid open to anyone, and it's worlds free of greed so you can really "just be" and enjoy the promise of "your world, your freedom". 
If you would like to participate actively and / or host your own event, get in touch. Best way is to do this through the community meeting held every Saturday at 11.00 on Hurliman Plaza.