Yes, it's something I've been considering for some time now, and at long last, I've been able to successfully get my computer to run its own instance of OpenSim and have connected it directly to OSGrid. What this means basically is as long as my computer is online and running OS, this region will be online. This means no waiting. Additionally it also means no cost as OSGrid hosting is free. I'll be able to take the OAR file from Kitely and import it to the OSGrid world. It also presents us with many choices moving forward, including me creating a sim per major settlment/region, which could mean the creation of continents (so Elbereth could have her own "Annwn" continent, and Valiska could have one for the Drow, etc). We can have sims of just water, and so forth. Lots of ideas.
Mostly right now, I just want to test my computer's ability to run OS and if it will fit for us. As I have home internet, that means speeds will drop which could result in somewhat sluggish performance. However, free is free, and if it works out for our needs, it could be a big win for all of us. We'll just give it a try and see, and if it fails, then we can go back to Kitely, or consider other options.
The sim name in OSGrid is "Lisianthus" and the address is: hg.osgrid.org:80:Lisianthus.
Please note again that my computer has to be online for it to be seen as active. For now I'm going to keep it offline until about August 1.
Please use this thread to give feedback such as how good of performance you are getting, other ideas pertaining to the organization of the landmasses, and so on. Thanks!
UPDATE August 1: Sim name and region has been changed to simply "Lisianthus". I was able to purge (delete) the old Lisianthus from last year, and I think you'll all thank me for not having to type out the full "Chronicles of Lisianthus" :)
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Just a little update. I've been 'stress-testing' Lisianthus on OSGrid and have been, so far, quite pleased with the results. I've placed down about 10,000 prims or so of previous builds of Silverwind, and on my computer (which, be warned is very new, so your results may greatly differ) I've had little in the way of lag. Performance, I would say, is just slightly under what we have experienced at Kitely, which for me, is very good news indeed.
Of course, I expect once we start placing down many more items, our performance will take a hit.
Right now, the sim size is actually a 5x5 (or eqv. to 25 standard size regions) and I've allocated 100,000 prims. I can make the sim size practically as large as I want, but for now, just wanted to see how a 5x5 might hold up. Moving forward, we'll have many choices on how to config the sim, from allocating each 'group' a standard size sim, or, say, a 2x2, to just making a huge 5x5 or larger and putting everything in one place. The goal with the 5x5 is to actually have more than one continent, and a body of water separating them, thereby possibly eliminating sky platforms entirely. So even if the region is a 5x5, Lisianthus might actually be smaller than that.
At this time, I would hold off on building until I've figured a few things out. And if you need to grab things from our sim in Kitely, at some point in mid to late August, I'll re-open our sim there, so we will have the time to do that.
As for the OSGrid Lisianthus, I have plans to keep it up and running all weekend, starting from 3pm PST (OSGrid Time), to Monday at 3am PST). You may consider creating an OSGrid account to make things a bit easier, but certainly not required. If you want to rez some prims for your own testing purposes, I don't have an issue with that.
Again, we'll determine just how feasible one or more setups are once we actually get to building.
One other thing I forgot to mention: We are on the BulletSim Physics Engine, so stairs might be a slight issue, but I'm happy to report that after having the server online for at least 3 hours, I've encountered no real issues, at least in terms of stability. If this remains the case, we'll keep BulletSim. In regards to the stairs, we can simply create a prim in front to make walking up them easier as need be.
Please note: because I am hosting our sim on my computer, and I can be quite lazy when it comes to backups, that I highly suggest you create copies of all your builds frequently to avoid any unforeseen mishaps.
I've experienced the same Time-Out issues. Since adopting Firestorm again, I have no TP or other issues, but although I can reach everywhere, still no dice with Lis. Strangely the Osgrid-Nyza was permanently online, so I figured the region was online, even though I couldn't get there.
I'll try again on the weekend.
Lisianthus in Kitely will be back online From Aug 24 to Aug 30
My RL work project will be ending on Aug 23, and I am making plans to put Lisianthus in Kitely back online so I can begin the move over to our sim in OSGrid. This would be the ideal time for members to move their content over accordingly.
I would work on making copies rather than simply taking the objects into your inventory, however, the choice is up to you.
If things go well, Lisianthus in Kitely will close Aug 31. If things don't work out in OSGrid, we can always come back.