i had a tweet thanking me for mentioning the URL-in-the-viewer post and so i started looking into what else might be out there. one issue with having your own grid is access
do you create accounts for everyone? do you allow hypergridding from HG-enabled regions? do you encourage people to create OSgrid accounts and hypergrid to you?
if you are an educator or library scientist setting up a private grid, what do you do about access?
i know that many teachers will take the time to create accounts for their students. that’s just the way teachers are =)
when i taught middle and high school, i used a lot of my own resources for the sake of the kids. the small private school i taught at only had one media player but several TVs (not sure why that would be, without a DVD or VCR the TVs were pretty useless). so i’d strap mine onto the back of my scooter and bring it to school. even in the rain! i’d just wrap it with a garbage bag and hope that was good enough!
so teachers just do stuff for their kids and i guess that goes with the territory. but kids understand how to make accounts online so why not let them for your world?
over on the OpenSimulator wiki site i came across a listing of web interfaces. keep in mind that a wiki is, err, well, a wiki! and some info may be out of date although this page says it was updated last week, so this should be good info
the first one, called Wifi, is very nicely designed and made by the infamous Crista Lopes (Diva Distro and core OpenSim developer). it allows you to use it without needing to have a PHP installed and has both an open registration and one that sends you an email to approve new registrations. she has documentation listed here that actually does not scare me off (ener <– easily intimidated by code) =)
if you use her 0.7 easy-to-install OpenSim package, her beautiful interface is already built in!
wanna see how easy it is to install her Diva Distro OpenSim? look at her 6 step process!
there are several interfaces to look at, even one that connects up with MOODLE called Modlos. i have only used SLOODLE in Second Life and it’s neat to see that someone has connected MOODLE with OpenSim
there’s even one that ties into OpenID (that sounds pretty progressive)
another registration system, GridMix, that i have come across is posted on Adam Frisby’s blog. he is one of the core developers of OpenSim and i think this interface is only available on grids setup via SimHost atm. however, he makes mention of having it available for sale once the bugs are worked out. he has integrated CAPTCHA capability into it which would be nice for public facing grids