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The OpenSimulator Project is a BSD Licensed Open Source Application Platform which can be used for creating immersive 3D Virtual Interactive Environments such as a Virtual world.  Out of the box, the OpenSim can be used to create a Second Life like environment, able to run in a standalone mode or connected to other OpenSim instances through built in grid technology.  It can also easily be extended to produce more specialized 3D interactive applications.
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=== What is OpenSimulator? ===
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OpenSim is written in [http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-334.htm C#], and can run under [http://www.mono-project.com/Main_Page Mono] or the [http://www.microsoft.com/net/ Microsoft .NET] runtimes. Due to its open source and modular nature it is possible to extend function yourself via plugin modules to suit your application.
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OpenSimulator is an open source multi-platform, multi-user 3D application server. It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols. It also has an optional facility (the [[Hypergrid]]) to allow users to visit other OpenSimulator installations across the web from their 'home' OpenSimulator installation. In this way, it is the basis of a nascent distributed Metaverse.
  
OpenSim is currently in the alpha development stage, with active testing of SVN trunk versions encouraged. Please read our [[Contributions_Policy]] before contributing, and to learn what OpenSim's values are.
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OpenSimulator allows virtual world developers to customize their worlds using the technologies they feel work best - we've designed the framework to be easily extensible. OpenSimulator is written in [http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-334.htm C#], running both on Windows over the [http://www.microsoft.com/net/ .NET Framework] and on Unix-like machines over the [http://www.mono-project.com/ Mono] framework. The source code is released under a [[BSD License]], a commercially friendly license to embed OpenSimulator in products. If you want to know about our development history, see [[History]].
  
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Out of the box, OpenSimulator can be used to simulate virtual environments similar to [http://www.secondlifegrid.net Second Life™], given that it supports the core of [http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Protocol SL's messaging protocol]. As such, these virtual worlds can be accessed with the regular [http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Alternate_viewers SL viewers]. However, OpenSimulator does not aim to become a clone of the Second Life server platform. Rather, the project aims to enable innovative feature development for virtual environments and the Metaverse at large.
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OpenSimulator is getting more stable over time but is still a high complex software system that can suffer various bugs and quirks; handle with care!
  
== Participating in the OpenSim Community ==
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=== Features ===
  
OpenSim is an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source open source] project. This means that it is developed by anyone who wants to participate. This could be you!  We welcome testers and developers alike.
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* Supports online, multi-user 3D environments as small as 1 simulator or as large as thousands of simulators.
* [[Contributions Policy]] - Read about the contribution policy before contributing to the OpenSim project
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* Supports 3D virtual spaces of variable size.
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* Supports multiple clients and protocols - access the same world at the same time via multiple protocols.
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* Supports realtime Physics Simulation, with multiple engine options.
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* Supports clients that create 3D content in real time.  
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* Supports inworld scripting using LSL/OSSL.
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* Provides unlimited ability to customize virtual world applications through the use of [[IRegionModule|scene plugin modules]].
  
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For a more extensive list, see the [[Feature Matrix]].
There are several public grids and several standalone arrays running 24/7. For the casual user as well as those who want to run their own public regions, there is a list of available sims at [[OpenSim: Grids]]. Most of these grids have representation on the #opensim chat channel for asking and answering questions.
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While OpenSim is not affiliated with any one grid there are many prominent [[OpenSim: Grids|Grids]].
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=== Running an OpenSimulator-Based World ===
  
===Support===
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*[[Download|Downloading OpenSimulator]]
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*[[Dependencies|Required Dependencies]]
* [[Development|IRC-Support]] - You can receive/give help via the IRC channels
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*[[Build Instructions|Building OpenSimulator]]
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*[[Configuration|Configuring and Running OpenSimulator]]
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=== Participating in the OpenSimulator Community ===
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OpenSimulator is an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source open source] project, and is powered by the community members that devote time and energy to the effort.  There are many ways to participate and contribute to the community:
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* Participate via [[IRC]].  There are channels for users and developers.
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* Participate via the [[Mailing Lists]].  There are mailing lists for OpenSimulator use and development, as well as broader topics such as education and the Hypergrid.
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* [[WikiStructure|Contribute to this wiki]], making the OpenSimulator documentation even better.  Don't be afraid of making mistakes - they can be easily corrected.
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* Report [[bugs]] or submit [[Submitting code to OpenSim|patches]] via our [http://opensimulator.org/mantis/ mantis bug tracker].  If you're submitting code, please read through the [[Contributions Policy]] before starting.
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* Participate to open content creation for OpenSimulator. More details at [[Artist Home]].
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* Participate in the weekly [[Office Hours]] for OpenSimulator development.
  
Various mailing lists are available for communication between users and developers. A list is available to subscribe to email SVN commit notifications.
 
* [https://lists.berlios.de/mailman/listinfo/opensim-users opensim-users] - a user support forum for OpenSim
 
* [https://lists.berlios.de/mailman/listinfo/opensim-dev opensim-dev] - development discussion of OpenSim
 
* [https://lists.berlios.de/mailman/listinfo/opensim-commits opensim-commits] - an email list for svn commits
 
  
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OpenSim's own scripting team is accepting ideas/requests/wishlists for custom functions. Have a look at [[LSL_osFunctions|the full list]] over here.
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Current Version is  [[OpenSim 0.5|0.5]]. The [[Development Team|OpenSim Team]] is currently working towards the 0.6 release of OpenSim.  See the [[Roadmap]] for details.
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For more information on OpenSim development and on how you can make your mark, check out the [[Development|development]] section.
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Please use the SecondLife official 1.18.5.3 client on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows- third party viewers and modified viewers add more variables to a bug, making it harder to track down. The bug may not even be an OpenSim one! Make sure you use ''only'' the official client. See notes on configuring your client over at the [[Client Setup|client setup]] page.
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You can report bugs at the [http://opensimulator.org/mantis/ Mantis bugtracker].
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Other downloads may be found at either the Download page, or the OpenSim Release Repository

OpenSimulator is an open source multi-platform, multi-user 3D application server. It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols. It also has an optional facility (the Hypergrid) to allow users to visit other OpenSimulator installations across the web from their 'home' OpenSimulator installation. In this way, it is the basis of a nascent distributed Metaverse.

OpenSimulator allows virtual world developers to customize their worlds using the technologies they feel work best - we've designed the framework to be easily extensible. OpenSimulator is written in C#, running both on Windows over the .NET Framework and on Unix-like machines over the Mono framework. The source code is released under a BSD License, a commercially friendly license to embed OpenSimulator in products. If you want to know about our development history, see History.

Out of the box, OpenSimulator can be used to simulate virtual environments similar to Second Life™, given that it supports the core of SL's messaging protocol. As such, these virtual worlds can be accessed with the regular SL viewers. However, OpenSimulator does not aim to become a clone of the Second Life server platform. Rather, the project aims to enable innovative feature development for virtual environments and the Metaverse at large.

OpenSimulator is getting more stable over time but is still a high complex software system that can suffer various bugs and quirks; handle with care!

[edit] Features

  • Supports online, multi-user 3D environments as small as 1 simulator or as large as thousands of simulators.
  • Supports 3D virtual spaces of variable size.
  • Supports multiple clients and protocols - access the same world at the same time via multiple protocols.
  • Supports realtime Physics Simulation, with multiple engine options.
  • Supports clients that create 3D content in real time.
  • Supports inworld scripting using LSL/OSSL.
  • Provides unlimited ability to customize virtual world applications through the use of scene plugin modules.

For a more extensive list, see the Feature Matrix.

[edit] Running an OpenSimulator-Based World

[edit] Participating in the OpenSimulator Community

OpenSimulator is an open source project, and is powered by the community members that devote time and energy to the effort. There are many ways to participate and contribute to the community:

  • Participate via IRC. There are channels for users and developers.
  • Participate via the Mailing Lists. There are mailing lists for OpenSimulator use and development, as well as broader topics such as education and the Hypergrid.
  • Contribute to this wiki, making the OpenSimulator documentation even better. Don't be afraid of making mistakes - they can be easily corrected.
  • Report bugs or submit patches via our mantis bug tracker. If you're submitting code, please read through the Contributions Policy before starting.
  • Participate to open content creation for OpenSimulator. More details at Artist Home.
  • Participate in the weekly Office Hours for OpenSimulator development.


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