Did you ever take OpenSim serious as a contender in the Virtual World market? No, eh? Me neither. As sympathetic as OS’s approch to virtual worlding is (kinda like GNU/Linux) they always appeared as technically far behind SL, had no community, no economy and nothing of the stuff you can find in SL.
I got myself an account in 2007, didn’t know what to do in that world, that was purely populated by technogeeks, and never, after 2 crashes, bothered to log back in. No loss, not really. Open Sim has nothing of the stuff we love SL for, so why bother?
But now … look at these numbers:
80,000. Eightytfuknthousand fukn regions!!! That’s a grid four times the size of SL!!! Makes one think, doesn’t it? No, Open Sim ain’t better than SL. I guess they are still trailing behind the curve by a good margin. Still, why are they so sucessful and still growing, while SL crumbles and becomes smaller and smaller and loses regions and landmarks every day?
Ok, it’s hard to compare SL and OS. They’re like Apples and Windows. No comparison. But they are both virtual worlds and are attracting roughly the same clientéle. And while SL is still the much preferable and more wholesome platform, there must be something the OpenSim guys are doing very right!
You had one job, Linden Lab. One job only. And you blew it. 😦