new to OpenSim? curious about how to dip your avatar toe in the open sea?
we have all been n00bs at one thing or other (unless you were born an adult) and it’s exciting learning new things. OpenSim is a fun and vastly creative tool and can be used for many different things
if you have a PC you can easily and cheaply (free) try it out with Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS)
what is Soas?
it’s a unique deployment of OpenSim that is self-contained running in a package that acts as a mini-server. it has its own MySQL, PHP, and web server (Apache) instances that are all wrapped up into one folder ready to go =)
i don’t know my SQL from my PHP and you don’t need to know them either!
SoaS has been download over 14,000 times and is used by virtual world enthusiasts all around the real world from 3D content creators to educators to the US military (SoaS is used by the US Department of Defense and the US Air Force Institute of Technology and the Center for Cyberspace Research) *oooh* =p
here’s what you’ll need to run it – a computer with XP, Vista, or Windows 7 with at least a gig or two of RAM and a dedicated graphics card. i’ve run it for over a year on a five year old XP box without any problems. be sure to be up-to-date on Windows Updates
if you have used OpenSim, or been in Second Life, then you are a pro and know all this stuff
if you are new to OpenSim, then i hope this works for you and that you find the fantastically creative outlet i have =)
here’s a quick video (3:16 including the viewer download – large player link - much crisper) showing you what to expect and how easy it can be to get started in OpenSim. if you are totally new, the viewer from SoaS is filled out and only needs the login button clicked! see you in-world! =)