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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2011, 05:37 pm 
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Instead of having to look through all the PM's, I'll just re-ask:

How does one go about getting an area on OS to build in the first place? Does it cost anything?

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PostPosted: 09 Feb 2011, 04:48 am 
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It's possible to create an OpenSim area for building on your own computer and run it in standalone mode. This is what I did originally back in November 2009.

Far more documentation is available now. Try the OpenSim wiki for software download links and general how-to information -- use the links under "Running OpenSim" in the left-hand column.

If you have a reasonable broadband connection, you might like to try connecting to a public grid so that friends can visit your area. The instructions for connecting a region to OSgrid are here: http://www.osgrid.org/index.php/regionconnect

Cost? It's free doing something like this.


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PostPosted: 09 Feb 2011, 04:20 pm 
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Since this is off the previous topic and a good stand alone topic... I split it off.

I was sure I explained how to setup a region in OSGrid and the costs. But, may be not...

Dot has it right. I'll expand a bit on it so you have a sense of complexity and may be some idea of time needed. I think I had 2 or 4 hours into getting my initial standalone up and running. I think I had 4 to 8 hours getting backed up, converted to MySQL, and linked to OSGrid.

OSGrid is a donation supported infrastructure for OpenSim. They use their own modified version of the simulator software, the part that creates the world and serves it to visitors. Visit OSGrid: http://www.osgrid.org/ to get the software., it's free.

One can unpack and run the software. It comes as standalone. It starts up running on your computer and presents a server console. It asks the default questions needed to setup the simulator in standalone mode. If one screws it up they can delete the OpenSim folder and unpack a new copy. There are some tutorials to step one through the process.

One then needs a viewer, the client side. Viewers are free. Since you have been to Dot's regions you have a viewer. I suspect Imprudence, which has a grid manager. Grid managers allow one to connect to various grids by name. Local is what you need. You can then login and see your very own little default island and have a default, Ruth or Roth, avatar.

You can start building and playing with the system. It is all free and is the simplest setup. I've left out some steps. But, other than picking a port, user ID/password, region name and size, none of the setup is overly complex. If you want to try it I'll find a good up to date tutorial.

To share with friends one has to setup their router to direct people into the right computer on the right port. That gets a bit complex. I use COX and no NAT with DynDNS to keep it simple and put it on the net.

Connecting to OSGrid saves one having to setup ID/passwords for each visitor. It also gives you places to go. It also saves you having to save others stuff, i.e., hair, clothes, etc. Plus you can get loads of already made stuff.

Connecting to OSGrid is free. If one connects long term, donations are in order. But, there is no pressure.

Connecting requires several modifications to the OpenSim INI files. One must also have a login for OSGrid and then chase down their avatar's UUID as that will need to go in one of the INI files. Plus to gain some performance one wants to run the Sim on MySQL.

You can see it starts to get deep. The setup I did used a tutorial I linked to from OpenUru.org. The post is almost a year old... wow... see: Getting OpenSim on the Internet-Grid - Skim the thread. Newer stuff is at the end. If you decide to try it, I can clean up the instructions and may be do a new post here with all this years changes added in.

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PostPosted: 10 Feb 2011, 04:46 am 
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Thanks for the info guys. It's not that visible on the OSgrid web site, I had to basically go to the forum and hunt most of the information that you both have posted down.

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