What is OpenSimulator?

OpenSimulator is a 3D Application Server. It can be used to create a 3D Virtual World (ala Second Life(tm)), and includes facilities for creating custom avatars, chatting with others in the environment, building 3D content in world, and creating complex 3D applications in world. OpenSimulator can also be extended via loadable modules or web service interfaces to build more custom 3D Applications. OpenSimulator is released under a BSD License, making it both open source, and commercially friendly to embed in products.

Although OpenSimulator is still considered beta software, many people are doing exciting things with it.

Even though OpenSimulator is realatively young software it already has many useful features

* Supports creating 1 or more 256x256 meter Regions, either on a single machine, or linked between multiple machines in grid mode
* Extensive ability to customize your avatar, both with custom clothing, skins, and attached objects
* The ability to create content real time in the environment using in world building tools
* Real time physics simulation built on top of the ODE physics library
* In world application development using a number of different languages, including LSL, C#, and/or Javascript.

Using OpenSimulator

The fastest way to get started using OpenSimulator is to create an account on OSGrid, then download the Hippo Viewer or Linden Lab's Second Life viewer (amongst others) to connect to OSGrid. This process should take no longer than 10 minutes, and will give you a flavor for what OpenSimulator is like.

You can also easily connect to any one of the many public grids on the internet.

Or you could run a simple standalone OpenSim on your Windows desktop to create and preview content.

Last edited Dec 3, 2008 at 1:50 AM by bikcmp, version 2