One of the questions about Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS) educators tend to ask me a lot is:
"Can more than one user access the same copy of SoaS at the same time?"
Many of you reading this post probably know by now that 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."
So, basically the question they're asking is: "Can single-user SoaS be turned into a multi-user SoaS?" And the answer is: Yes. It is is technically possible to have several computers access the same copy of SoaS at the same time. Unfortunately, doing that will not be as simple as running Sim-on-a-Stick for the first time. The good news is that there is a step-by-step guide explaining how to do it.
Turning SoaS into a Multi-User Platform
The process of creating a 'Multi-User SoaS' has two main steps: You will need to create a LAN (Local Area Network) in your classroom. If you don't know how to…
Join us Monday, December 11, at 19:00 UTC / 7 pm London / 11 am San Francisco, for a free webinar on Using SoaS to Create Portable Virtual Libraries. The purpose of this webinar is to help educators interested in using Sim-on-a-Stick to create OpenSim based virtual libraries that can run offline on a USB flash drive. The webinar will take place at Learning Lab on the OpenSim grid Craft World. Instructions on how to get to Learning Lab are available on this page: http://teachingwithsoas.blogspot.pt/p/learning-lab.html
One of the great advantages of teaching with SoaS is the fact that Sim-on-a-Stick works offline. For some educators, however, this feature may actually be detrimental to their goals. They may want to create a grid instead of just one virtual world. They might even want to open their virtual world to the HyperGrid, so that educators and students from other grids may visit their sim. For those educators, Outworldz DreamWorld is probably a better option than SoaS.
The Outworldz DreamWorld is a free, pre-packaged Windows-compatible virtual reality Opensimulator system that is easy to install, easy to run, and powerful. It it free and is open source.
Anyone can run their own grid from home or at work. DreamWorld automatically configures routers for the Hypergrid with Plug and Play. It is preconfigured for the Hypergrid, and has both the "Diva" version of OpenSim 0.8.2.1 with Diva’s WiFi admin interface, and the latest Version (0.9) of Opensimulator for you to use. It takes just …