private estates in Second Life are a primary revenue stream for Linden Lab. currently that’s over $4 million per month (mainland is an additional $900 K)
the other day on Wagner Au’s blog, there was a post framing Maria’s Hypergrid Business OpenSim monthly stats as being out of whack in comparing OpenSim to Second Life. the biggest argument being made was the number of active users and that more is better
Second Life has a concurrency of over 50,000 people per day and OpenSim doesn’t get half of that in a month!
but how do you count people like Kate Booth and all of her students who use Sim-on-a-Stick? and Erik in New York that has his students network into SoaS as a multi-tenancy installation? how about the universities that use OpenSim? i know the Air Force Academy still uses Sim-on-a-Stick, but how many instances?
personally, i think 500 daily users of OpenSim might not be a bad guess, that’s only one percent the number of Second Life users! but that doesn’t matter when you’re arguing which is better
saying OpenSim is better than Second Life is like saying an ggplant is better than a potato (i hate eggplants) *yuck*
i can unequivocally say that OpenSim is better than Second Life . . .
in certain cases, like having level 3 maths being done by seven year olds – you can’t do that with Second Life. but that does not mean OpenSim is better – just in this particular case
arguing concurrency is a valid topic but as far as which is better, that depends on your needs
BUT, Second Life’s success is directly tied to private estates and that number has been steadily declining for over two years (this is no longer stagnant, plateau, or flat as some insist)
maybe LL’s acquisition of Desura can right this ship or maybe that’ll be another Avatars United (me cynical?) =p
data from Tyche Shepherd’s amazing Grid Survey where you can view this data since LL’s start