OpenSim land area drops due to grid changes

The total land area of the public OpenSim grids fell by more than 1,000 regions this month as ZanGrid shut down and Genesis Metaverse moved its hosting.
Total active users numbers continued to rise, however, with about 2,000 new actives.
Zangrid, which had 439 regions as of last month, is closing at the end of this month while Genesis Metaverse, which had 1,148 regions last month, went offline for more than a week as it changed hosting from DigiWorldz to its own servers. Its land area went down by 949 regions during the move.
A couple of other grids saw small land area decreases — OSgrid lost 159 regions while AllCity lost 152 regions.
Other grids gained land area.
DigiWorldz saw the most growth this month, adding the equivalent of 276 standard regions, followed by Metropolis with 229 regions. Kitely added 196 regions and Kinky Grid 162 regions.
Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)
These stats do not include most of the mini-grids running on the DreamWorld distribution of OpenSim, or private company or school grids. According to the latest DreamWorld stats, more than 2,182 mini-grids have been created with this installer alone, out of which 14 percent or 789 are hypergrid destinations.
OpenSim is a free, open source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift. It allows people with no technical skills to quickly and cheaply create virtual worlds, and then teleport to other virtual worlds. Those with technical skills can run OpenSim worlds on their own servers for free, while commercial hosting starts at less than $5 a region — compared to $300 a region for the same land in Second Life.
A list of hosting providers is here. Download the recommended Firestorm viewer here. And find out where to get content for your OpenSim world or region here.
Popularity
When it comes to general-purpose social grids, especially closed grids, the rule of thumb is: the busier, the better. People looking to make new friends look for grids that already have the most users. Merchants looking to sell content will go to the grids with the most potential customers. Event organizers looking for the biggest audience… you get the idea.
GreekLife was the lagest gainer of active users in the month with 377 new active users followed by Sacrarium grid that added 294, Islands of Enlightenment with 241 and ZetaWorlds with 175 more active users. Genesis Metaverse lost 589 active users as a result of the changes it made, becoming the grid that lost most active users in the month, followed by 2Open that lost 186 and Virtual Life Brasil with 84 active users.
Top 25 most popular grids this month:

OSgrid: 3,874 active users (HG hg.osgrid.org:80)
Metropolis: 3,823 active users (HG hypergrid.org:8002)
AllCity: 2,045 active users (HG login.allcity.com.br:8002)
DigiWorldz: 1,860 active users (HG login.digiworldz.com:8002)
GreekLife: 1,453 active users (HG hg.grid-greeklife.info:8002)
Island Oasis: 1,253 active users (HG islandoasisgrid.biz:8002:island Oasis)
Kitely: 1,191 active users (HG grid.kitely.com:8002)
Lost Paradise: 968 active users (HG lpgrid.com:8002)
Sacrarium: 891 active users (HG sacrarium24.ru:8002)
Dorena’s World: 823 active users (HG dorenas-world.de:8002)
Craft World: 802 active users (HG craft-world.org:8002)
Exo-Life: 671 active users (HG hg.exo-life.onl:8032)
Virtual-EPI: 671 active users (HG 209.126.208.163:9024:virtual event planners int)
DreamNation: 623 active users
Virtual Brasil: 534 active users (HG mundo.virtualbrasil3d.com.br:8002)
FrancoGrid: 500 active users (HG hg.francogrid.org:80)
Logicamp: 497 active users (HG logicamp.org:8002)
YrGrid: 431 active users (HG grid.yrgrid.com:8002)
Neverworld: 421 active users (HG hg.neverworldgrid.com:8002)
Nextlife World: 416 active users (HG nextlife-world.de:8002)
Eros Resort: 398 active users (HG opensim.bci3d.com:8002)
Eureka World: 394 active users (HG 54.77.238.20:9000)
ZanGrid: 342 active users (HG login.zangrid.ch:8002)
Islands of Enlightenment: 298 active users
3rd Rock Grid: 282 active users (HG grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002)

DreamWorld numbers cross 2,000 mini-grid mark
OpenSim users looking to run their own private mini-grids on their personal computers are embracing the DreamWorld installer. This month, the number of installations has reached 2,182 OpenSim mini-grids in its network, 14 percent of which, or 789, are hypergrid-enabled.
DreamWorld gathers the data using a grid crawler but grid owners can also add in their grids into the list by filling a simple form here.
The full list of all grids including the date grid was created, hop address and whether it is hypergrid enabled or not can be found on this page.
VirTec shows slight increase in transactions, drop in total revenues
Revenue in the VirTec network fell by 14 percent this month although the amount of transactions increased slightly to reach 657 this month and the number of merchants remained fairly the same compared to last month’s tally, which indicates that the average value of transactions went down.
InWorldz led in terms of the dollar value of transactions or VirTec revenue, followed by DigiWorldz, then Genesis Metaverse and Great Canadian Grid.
Merchant and revenue data at VirTec network. (VirTec data.)
Gloebit’s number of transactions and users continue to rise
The value of transactions in Gloebit network increased by 8 percent in September to reach a new high of over 1.5 million Gloebits or more than US $6,000 in dollar equivalent, while the number of user accounts went up by four percent to reach 1,066 in the same month.
Number of transactions and users up in Gloebits network. (Gloebits Data.)
The number of transactions is rising faster than the number of users, which means the existing users continue to spend more and more money with Gloebit.
Kitely
There are currently 10,697 product listings in Kitely Market, containing 20,275 product variations of which 15,496 are exportable, meaning they can be used not just in Kitely only but in any other grid. These make up 76 percent of all variations.
Kitely Market now delivers items to 223 OpenSim grids. This is eight grids more than last month’s tally.
Exportable items on the Kitely Market, in green, rise steadily. (Kitely Market Data.)
Ruth 2.0 mesh body project is looking for a skin maker
Ruth 2.0, is a new mesh avatar body for OpenSim, to be distributed under a Creative Commons license. It is currently available with a female shape, and a male shape is planned for the future.
The creator, Shin Ingen, is now looking for collaborators, specifically a skin maker who can contribute pale, tan and dark skins.
Ruth 2.0 currently has 17,000 vertices for the head, left and right Bento hands, upper and lower body and a set of high feet, all of which is 8,000 shy of

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