OSGrid Becoming Self Sustaining? June 23, 2009Posted by justincc in opensim, osgrid, virtual-environments, virtual-worlds.
As I mentioned in a previous post, in the spirit of posting more often I’m now going to post any interesting short snippets of information that I come accross. We’ll see how long I can keep this up 🙂
Anyway, in the OpenSim Office Hours meeting on OSGrid today I heard something rather interesting. Apparently, OSGrid now has enough money in donations (1818 US Dollars), to keep the central asset service running for a year. The asset service is by far the most resource intensive OpenSim grid service (all the people with region connected to OSGrid rely on it store their textures, sounds, etc.). As OSGrid is a charitable organization they’re happy to make their financial details public (though I don’t know if this information is posted elsewhere yet).
One can argue that this isn’t true sustainability since the volunteers who work on it aren’t paid (afaik). But it’s interesting all the same – maybe it’s possible for a 3D virtual world based on open source software to be supported purely by donations rather than a fixed subscription.