There are a few bigger Grids in the Virtual Worlds of the OpenSim Communities, but there are many smaller and not so well known Grids "The Hyperzette" likes to introduce every so often.
After the move of the "Hyperzette" to "Dorenas World" Grid it is obvious to ask Dorena Verne, the owner of the Grid, a few questions.
Hello Dorena, you are the "Grid-Mama" of the mainly German speaking Grid "Dorenas-World". That for sure has not been your 'birth' in Virtual Worlds. As many of us think, including me, your first contact to pixels and avatars might have been made in SL ? Can you tell our readers how it all developed and it happened to become a manager of an own Grid by now ?
Well for that I have to get a bit deeper in my explanations.
I am in SL since May 2007. Until January 2009 it has been with a different Avatar. In March 2009 Anachron Young and me learned to know. That happened in the "Flokati Bar" in SL and after a short we got a couple.
At that time I was very active in the forum "SLinside" (later Avameet).
Torrid Lund owner of the "Virtyou-Grid" gave a region "Luchsenburg" to the community. There I got my first experiences with OpenSim. I build a lot, learnt about the Hypergrid and much more. All that happened in June 2009.
Me and Anachron married in SL in November 2009. Cause we were very active in the club and had to respond to a lot of IM's. we did not find any privacy anymore and we were looking for a safe haven.
About the Christmas time 2009 I decided to set up an OpenSim Standalone on my home PC to have that safe haven. This was the birth of "Dorenas-World".
And a lot of hurdles had to be taken.
Actually I started at zero about the technical knowledge of OpenSim but I got lots of help from the community.
After i jumped all those hurdles, I changed from a home server to a hosted V-Server. That happened at January 16th, 2010 and is the reason for me to set the birth of Grid on that date.
Two month later the V-Server changed to a Root Server and the Standalone became a Grid. The registration Web interface were already implemented at that time.
From that date on "Dorenas Grid" developed technically, servers were added and improved.......and so on. And that is where we are now.
Since June 2010 Bogus Curry and me are operating the German language forum "GridTalk". OpenSim users of all grids find a lot of useful informations and hints about the theme. And I have published a few useful tutorials in this forum. Cause "Dorenas World" does not have an own forum, all concerns about the Grid will be discussed in this forum as well.
"Dorenas World" is a small grid with all the existent Grids. Would you tell us the approximate number of regions and inhabitants ?
At the moment "Dorenas World" counts 126 regions - there of 2 var-regions in the size of 2 x 2 and 5 x 5 (editor: in the size of normal regions).
We do have about 400 registered users including (of course) the many inactive. But with 25 - 50 hard core users.
How about getting a region in the Grid ? What kind of requirements are needed ?
We do have regions to led on a monthly cost of 20 €. For a small fee we allow to connect VP-Server to the Grid. Due to the negative impact on the grid's stability we do not like Homeserver to be connected.
As far as I can see it now, the main language in the Grid is German in voice as in chat. Is it a requirement to be able to understand German to be connected to the Grid or being an estate manager of a region in the Grid ?
No it is not a requirement.
Most of the inhabitants are able to understand English. Experience have shown that inhabitants not able to understand German feel discomfort and move again.
During the course of this year your Grid has changed its operating software to the OpenSim Arriba Fork developed by Freaky Tech. Why did this happen ?
In June of this year, I read the thread about the Arriba software in the Gridtalk forum. I became curious and tested the software on my home PC. After the first tests came out as very successfully, I installed a test region in the Grid.
This happened to be very successfull, too and so we started to exchange each region and the grid services to Arriba Robust.
What experiences have you made due to the change ?
Only the best !!
The Grid is much more stable. SIM-changes and teleports are much more smoother and the Hypergrid gives less problems. Okay there are still little snags with it but overall Arriba is a big step forward !
Docking with a VP-Server to Dorenas Grid, is there a need to use the Arriba software as well and what is to concern about ?
From the technical view, it is possible to run a "mixed" Grid, but it is strongly recommended to use the same services as the grid. At the time all our regions and connected regions are using Arriba, and we make a point in leaving it this way. We are always give help, if needed !
From my own experience I know that "Dorenas World" gives a great support in all kinds of problems a user may face. Is that done by yourself or do you have help on that ?
The support is done mainly by my own, but Freak Tech gives a quick and competent hand if problems occur on the Arriba software, I can't solve.
Any plans to expand or do you want to keep the Grid small and neat.
The Grid offers capacities still, but the community is the crucial matter. We do not want to expand for all one is worth. It has to fit into the community.
What are the plans for the future anyway for the "Dorenas Grid" ?
Live long and prosper!
Thanks for the interview and lots of fun with Grid in the future.
Interview partner: Dorena Verne
For the "Hyperzette": zaphod Enoch
Dorenas World Grid