Location 2: Hyperica Hyperport

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The Hyperica Hyperport is a location on the OpenSimulator hypergrid. It was created  to help users in the OpenSimulator hypergrid move between grids by having portals that when entered will teleport the user to the location listed above the portal. There are also some small shops for users to get objects from.

My first impression of the hyperport once the textures full loaded was of a small village. It contains a lot of scripting to teleport avatars once they touch the portals and for the shops to function.

Although I have not yet visited any there are other hyperports on the hypergrid that have similar functions the Hyperica hyperport is known as the largest.

I feel that is a location that should be visited by users of an OpenSimulator grid that wants to start visiting other location around the Hypergrid as it is able to teleport them throughout the hypergrid.

Location 2: Hyperica Hyperport

Location 1: Ivory Tower Library of Primitives

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The Ivory Tower of Primitives is a location in Second Life that was created to demonstrate the different types of primitives available for use in Second Life and the different types of manipulations that can be applied to them.

Residents can come here to see how each type of primitive can be manipulated and combined to create some more complex objects. It is built using a lot of scripting which allows residents to change the language shown at each display as well as being able to obtain notecards from each display.

As far as I know there is no other location similar to is in Second Life so there is not really any other similar location that it can be compared to.

I feel that it is a good resource for a new Second Life resident or one that is new to creating objects as they will be able to see how the manipulations look and get ideas of how to create the objects they would like to.

Location 1: Ivory Tower Library of Primitives

Platform Comparison

In most cases Second Life and OpenSimulator provide the same basic features but there are some differences.

Second Life makes it easier to socialise with other members as it is easier to move between regions than it can be on OpenSimulator. Any objects you own will also be available to be used in any region.

OpenSimulator has the ability to back up the created world, part of the world or single objects. This is not provided by Second Life so creations on Second Life can be lost.

Because of these differences there are reasons to choose each platform. to me Second Life seems to be the choice if you are looking for the socialising aspect of a virtual world but if you are looking solely for the building and development aspect of a virtual world then OpenSimulation may be the choice as you are able to back up the world or any objects created.

Platform Comparison

Platform 2: OpenSimulator

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OpenSimulator is an open-source virtual world platform based off Second Life. Although I have not noticed any it is more prone to having problems than Second Life is since the way it is operated is less centralised than Second Life and some regions may not allow the user to use certain objects that they may have bought or created. Since it is open-source it is not developed by any one person or company but can be changed by anyone to meet their needs if they choose to.

It can be used for the same things that Second Life is used for and can potentially be less restrictive than Second Life as you are able to install your own copy of OpenSimulator or your own server or computer and not have to buy land and be subject to any terms of service.

There is an optional feature of OpenSimulator that can be chosen that allows an installation to be connected to the Hypergrid. The Hypergrid allows multiple OpenSimulator installations to be linked to allow avatars to be used in multiple different installations which was impossible on OpenSimulator before the creation of the Hypergrid as a new avatar had to be created on each new installation that a user wanted to visit.

Platform 2: OpenSimulator

Platform 1: Second Life

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Second Life is a virtual world platform created and owned by Linden Labs. It provides users with the ability to travel through the virtual world, interact with other user’s avatars, create virtual objects and buy virtual land. The is also a marketplace that allows users to buy and sell any textures and objects that they have uploaded to the virtual world or created within the world.

Second Life seems to run well without any problems that are related to my system. The main problem was to do with the time it was taking for the object to load on slow Internet since all the objects and textures that appear on the screen have to be downloaded from the server as many of them are custom made by the residents of Second Life.

It can be used for almost any purpose as a resident can create and script almost anything they want to create. Some of the examples of this that I have seen include some role-playing regions and sections of regions that are developed for educational purposes. Although I have not been to any there are also locations that have been developed as a place to socialise with other residents.

 

Platform 1: Second Life

Viewer Comparison

Second Life Viewer is a basic viewer intended to be used by people that are new to Second Life. Since this is the case it is a viewer that has less customisability than Firestorm does. Some of this customisability is the ability to change the skin of the User Interface that is seen and the ability to customise the UI more than in the Second Life Viewer. Firestorm can also be used to connect to OpenSim as well as Second Life which makes it a better option for someone that has an account on both platforms as they can use the same viewer and have the same options and preferences set once.

Viewer Comparison

Viewer 2: Firestorm

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Firestorm is a Third Party Viewer developed by The Phoenix Firestorm Project and can be used to connect to both Second Life and OpenSim. It provides more functionality than Second Life Viewer. The most obvious feature that is has over Second Life Viewer is that it can connect to OpenSim as well as Second Life. It also has more options available to the user and in my opinion a better looking interface.

After using this viewer for a while it seems to run well in all the locations that I have visited in both Second Life and OpenSim without any problems that were the fault of the program and not the Internet connection.

My impression of Firestorm is that it is a viewer that is easy to use with a few options to customize it for the more advanced users so it is a good choice for any user of Second Life or OpenSim

 

Viewer 2: Firestorm