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Do I have to install SoaS on a USB flash drive?

Here's another frequently asked question: "Do I have to install Sim-on-a-Stick on a USB flash drive?" No, you don't.

It's true that SoaS stands for Sim-on-a-Stick (as in USB flash drive or 'stick'), but if you decide to install it on your computer hard drive it will probably work faster.
So when should you run SoaS on a USB flash drive?
Here are a few examples: When you're planning to work on your SoaS projects using different computers (e.g. at school and at home), it might be better to have everything you need inside a USB flash drive.
The same applies when you're giving a presentation and you want to show your audience what it's like to actually use a virtual world. If you're not using your own computer for the presentation it's probably safer to have all you need on a USB flash drive than to expect to be able to install SoaS, plus a Viewer and OAR files, on the computer available at the venue.
Also, when you want your students to w…

Why should educators care about SoaS?

Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS) is a standalone, single user Windows package of OpenSim that runs on a USB flash drive or other convenient location (like a computer hard drive).
Basically, SoaS makes it possible for anyone to create and run a single user private virtual world that works offline on their computer hard drive or inside a USB flash drive.
Why should educators care about SoaS? Sim-on-a-Stick can be especially useful for educators interested in virtual learning environments who are working in schools where:

· there is no access to the Internet, and no OpenSim private grid available;

· there is access to the Internet but also a firewall that prevents them from using any public OpenSim grid.

Sim-on-a-Stick can also be very useful for educators who want to create a safe, easy to use, single user virtual learning environment that each student can take with them on a USB flash drive, and run on their home computer without having to install anything else on it – and without …

Presenting at ACRL-VWIG & ALA

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting at this month's ACRL-VWIG & ALA meeting - the Virtual World Interest Group of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
It's always great to talk about Sim-on-a-Stick with educators. :)

The video presentation is available here.

Using SoaS to Create Portable Virtual Libraries

The purpose of this video presentation is to help educators interested in using Sim-on-a-Stick to create virtual libraries that can run offline on a USB flash drive: Using Sim-on-a-Stick to Create Portable Virtual Libraries

Is it true that SoaS is no longer being actively updated?

Yes, SoaS is no longer being actively updated; but you can update its latest version with the Diva Updater function. There’s a step-by-step guide on the website homepage (

I must add that I’ve been working with Sim-on-a-Stick almost every day without even once having to use the Diva Updater function. Besides downloading the latest version of SoaS - that's SoaS 0.8pf (OpenSimulator 0.8.0 post-fixes) – the only thing that has changed since 2012 is the viewer I use with it: started using KokuaOS instead of Singularity.