An issue with students this year was lack of a sandbox in solipCISM and lack of space to exhibit large builds. I suggested students might used a standalone OpenSim server–and several did so on their laptops–but I’d not had the time to tutor them through the process.
This weekend I decided to install my own server, and to document the installation as a tutorial on Vorticism. I’ve made a start on the tutorial but–hey–there are only so many hours in a day, and I have a real life to think about as well. I did however find the time to make a couple of video tutorials on configuring the grid list in the Meerkat viewer and on importing objects into OpenSim.
I downloaded the OpenSim server; installation and configuration were, with the aid of the documentation on the OpenSimulator.org web site, blissfully straightforward. Within a very short time I had my own region, unimaginatively named ‘Khoisania’, running in standalone mode. Only by connecting the region to a grid (or setting up my own grid), however, would it be accessible to the world outside of my workstation, so I checked the grid list on the OpenSim site, signed up for accounts on a half-dozen grids, took a look around each of them, and finally opted for MyOpenGrid. The grid is small, the administrator extremely helpful, the residents delightful, and the objects free.
Khoisan and friends on Khoisania