[SLED] question re: OpenSim

Troy McConaghy troy.mcconaghy at gmail.com
Fri Jul 4 10:41:17 PDT 2008

I'd like to comment on your first point, about the decline in premium
SL accounts.

This shouldn't concern anyone, as there is almost no reason to have a
premium account anymore.  If you want to buy land on the mainland, go
for it!   Otherwise there's no point.  Even on the mainland, you'll
probably get a better parcel if you just rent, and that doesn't
require a premium membership.

Troy McConaghy (Troy McLuhan in SL)

On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 7:59 PM, Xann Kanto <xannkanto at mac.com> wrote:
> On Jul 3, 2008, at 2:35 PM, Jacob, Anthony wrote:
>> Thank you, Daniel.
>> So, if I understand, the way that OpenSim can be seen as "competition" for
>> Second Life is that it will/does offer a virtual space that is fully
>> functional (by comparison to SL), and to which an avatar created in SL, and
>> most of her/his stuff can be migrated.
> Stuff cannot automatically be migrated. There is at least one 3rd party
> application that can save full permission items from SL into a format that
> can be loaded into an OpenSim world, but I've heard items transfer with
> varying degrees of success. There are several worlds based at least
> partially on the OpenSim project. I own a region in the Openlife grid, for
> instance. Openlife is currently considered alpha, but it is expected to move
> to beta in the next few months.
>> But is it not likely to that such a world would develop it's own system of
>> exchange? In other words, as avatars leave other virtual worlds to set up
>> housekeeping in OpenSim, monetary systems would certainly spring up, and the
>> space would eventually develop some sort of decentralized economy.
> Some OpenSim based grids plan on initiating an economy. I don't know how far
> any of these monetary systems have moved. Some may use 3rd party
> applications for monetary exchange.
>> Once that happens, I'm not sure I see the advantage to residing there
>> versus SL.
> That depends on what your needs are. Openlife, for instance, does not allow
> obvious explicit content or such things as ad farms, so for those who find
> these things in SL objectionable, an OpenSim grid might be a good
> alternative. In addition, if when OpenSim or one of its offspring matures,
> differences in performance between the two systems could become important.
>> What seems significant about this to me is that, if I understand
>> correctly, it will offer a bridge that will allow avs to travel from world
>> to world across an open-source (common) grid. Is that right?
> Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I don't understand that to be the current goal of
> OpenSim. I believe its purpose is to provide an alternative foundation for
> virtual worlds that is fully open source. Anyone can start a virtual world,
> then, using this open source code. These worlds can either be networked
> grids such as Openlife or private grids.
> Traveling between grids is another issue, I believe. Ann Randall (Xann
> Kanto)
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