oh yay, i can learn! thanks to Roger Stack’s video tutorials, i was able to install OpenSim on a USB drive
i had thought that setting this up would have been incredible technical, what with databases and all. subQuark had asked our previous OpenSim providers about doing this exact thing for workshops he was doing. since they never did it, i thought “holy cow, if they can’t do it, it must be impossible!”
but one night i thought i’d look into it again and thankfully came across Roger Stack’s instructions. they seemed very possible and pretty automated, but i messed up somewhere and failed. Roger saw this and created videos. this is the third post i do on this, and like a baseball game, rather than strike out, i hit a home run! (so Roger is now a winning baseball coach?) =D
and it only takes a small USB stick, i used an 8 gig Sony because it was laying around and i had no idea how much space i would need. well, after all is said and done, it’s less that 250 megs! of course, as you build it will use up space, but you don’t need a big stick for this (maybe 2 gigs? so for less than $10 you should be golden)
why do this? well, if you are thinking of doing OpenSim but not sure, this is about as cheap as you can go. this would be a good way for educators, municipal, and corporate users to try it out
if Ener can install it, so can you!
this installation sets up a four sim grid and took me about 20 minutes to do. i was following Roger’s video tutorial to the letter and one process took about 5 minutes to run on its own (i went and did some laundry while waiting) =D
if you are an educator being booted from Second Life, this may be a great way to do a proof-of-concept to help your school and its IT department see that OpenSim is worth installing on the school’s servers. it also may be a great option to save your builds while you are trying to figure out what to do
this is also a great way for corporate eLearners to do what subQuark talked about last year for no cost at all and without worrying about corporate firewalls or connectivity!
the only thing i varied from with Roger’s instructions was the command prompt for Windows XP, i used this info for that part
in the video below, i doubled the playback speed so you did not have to sit through as much and wanted to show the 4 new regions and how fast an OAR file loads (double the time since this is double speed). it works very well and is not laggy at all
thanks Roger for making “Ener-proof” instructions! =D