11
May
15

We need your help, donations are running very low.

Greetings Everyone,

It has been a very rough past 12 months for Osgrid. We have experienced many ups and downs but have managed to keep the doors open and see our community flourish and do many really wonderful things. We really do appreciate all of the wonderful things that our community has created and developed over the past years. It truly is amazing to see what OSgrid and OpenSimulator have become! However OSgrid does not come without a lot of costs. Many hours, days and weeks spent by the hard working administrators to keep the servers updated, testing code, helping our users, reporting bugs and working directly with the Core Development team to make sure that we can try to knock out bugs as fast as we possibly can. These costs add up, for instance the Asset RAID failure many months ago. It was a very stressful time for all of us and of course it really put a big dent in to our yearly budget. Many of our Citizens came together in conjunction with many other wonderful OpenSimulator grids and we were able to raise enough funds to enact a full recover of the data and bring the grid back online with very minimal loss to data. Unfortunately even with these funds that were raised, the cost was high, not only for our Administration teams time but for the 4350.00$ USD we spent to pay for recovery services through Flashback Data recovery services.

On top of these costs for recovery OSgrid has its normal monthly operating costs which are not insignificant to the tune of 1058.00$ USD per month! (See breakdown of costs here > http://www.osgrid.org/index.php/donationusage) Please keep in mind that our administration and development team is a purely volunteer effort. Nearly 100% of your donations go towards maintaining the grid hardware that is required to keep things operating smoothly. In addition to our monthly hardware costs we have just had to pay out 850$ to move forward in our application for 501(c) status with the U.S. Federal Government to cover the application fee as well as our yearly tax budget. In the past 12 months OSgrid has spent 17,000$ USD to keep its doors open, as you can imagine this has put a significant dent on our yearly budget, and in the past few months donations have fell off considerably. We are currently not bringing in enough monthly donations to cover our costs. We need at a minimum right now approximately 1200$ per month to stay a float and as of today our total donation balance is approximately 1850.00$ USD. So my fellow OSgrid citizens, I am here to ring the alarm bells loudly and ask you all for your help to keep our doors open, we have not come this far to give up now! The Administration team can not do it alone, nor can it afford to cover the costs out of pocket, so we need your urgent help now!

The OSgrid website stats show a monthly active user base of roughly 3600+ community members. If 10% of people chose to donate 5$ per month we would easily exceed our monthly costs. Just imagine what we could do when we exceeded those monthly costs!! The current grid hardware is all relatively new hardware, but at some point in the near future is going to require upgrades. With any extra funds we can raise this would go a long way to not only keeping the doors open but allow us to expand and ensure that the grid can perform just as well or even better than it does today. OSgrid is coming up on its 8th birthday this July. We want to make sure that we can celebrate this achievement and not have to come back to you in a few months tell you that we could not continue with this great community. We can not do this without your help, so please, if you enjoy using the grid and call it your home, please do what you can to keep this great service going. If you can not afford to make a donation then you can do the next best thing and help spread the word not only about donating, but about how great a place OSgrid is and encourage others to get involved.

Finally, we really want to thank everyone who is already currently donating or has donated in the past, without you we would have had to close our doors long ago. I can not express enough how much gratitude not only I, but our entire administration team, as well as I am sure all of the great citizens of this grid do. We humbly thank you and hope that we can continue to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. I know we can keep things going, after all of the hardships we have triumphed through I am certain that this is just another bump in the road. Thanks everyone for making OSgrid the awesome community that is. I and the entire administration team look forward to continuing to provide the best level of support that we can and thank you all for allowing us the opportunity to make OSgrid what it is!

For more information about what OSgrid donations go towards, please visit http://www.osgrid.org/index.php/donationusage and if you have any questions or need any assistance please visit us on IRC irc.freenode.net #osgrid or use the web chat here > http://www.osgrid.org/index.php/freenode

Thank You Everyone!
Michael Emory Cerquoni
OSgrid Adminstrator

03
May
15

GridCommon.ini changes

Hey folks, There is a new release and it has some changes included to the GridCommon.ini

HomeURI = "http://hg.osgrid.org:80/user"


Has been changed in two places to

HomeURI = "http://hg.osgrid.org:80"


These changes have already been made to the GridCommon.ini included with the latest release.  If you don’t use the GridCommon.ini provided by OSgrid you will need to make these changes yourself.

dan

19
Apr
15

OSgrid Logins Re-Opened

The additional asset server maintenance has been completed and the grid logins reopened.

19
Apr
15

OSgrid Logins Closed

OSgrid logins are closed for additional asset service work and set additional cluster parameters.

18
Apr
15

Asset Cluster Maintenance Complete

CLUSTER MAINTENANCE
On April 16th, OSG undertook an emergency cluster maintenance to update core cluster software packages to resolve critical bugs.
INVENTORY AND ASSETS
After the cluster maintenance and restart – many of you began noticing “missing asset” errors when rezzing recent items.
From evidence and investigation – these missing asset messages are not related to the updates applied on the 16th.
It appears that for the last month or so – the asset server was unable to write assets to the database, in a way that did *not* cause an exception and alert the asset server of trouble.
Asset updates appear to have been silently discarded by one or both of the asset clusters during that time.
These silent discards may have been “masked” by the various viewer, region, and nginx caches so that these “ghost assets” still appeared viable… until the asset server was restarted for emergency patching.
CHANGES
While investigating what happened, and trying to determine how this was even possible, several changes have been made to the asset cluster to attempt to prevent a repeat of this type of event, or detect and report it IF it starts to happen again.
In response, OSG has changed the database indexing system, added new logging and exception reporting, and additional database write reporting.
Additional asset write-and-verify tests are being implemented going forward.
At this point, the asset cluster appears to be 100% functioning correctly.
GOING FORWARD
Please examine your viewer and region inventory.
Clear viewer caches and reload them, and delete (or move to another folder) any inventory items that report missing assets.
Regions can use the fcache assets, fcache status, and backup commands to check their region cache and restart your region, watching for new or different asset errors.
Any assets which still appear missing may need to be reloaded from their source, or an IAR/OAR made before or during the time the asset database was silently discarding writes.
FINAL NOTE
We feel your pain with these “missing asset” messages, as the OSG admin inventories and assets were not immune and are experiencing the same issues you are.

We deeply apologize for any inventory or asset issues that you have encountered.

17
Apr
15

Asset Cluster Patches Being Applied

An unplanned emergency maintenance to patch some of the asset server cluster software was started yesterday.

Melanie is applying updates to resolve serious bugs in the cluster code.
During this work, you may experience unexpected error messages during login, region start, or when rezzing items.

An additional note will be posted once the updates are complete and tested.

14
Apr
15

New ini file added to opensim

Hey folks, A new configuration file has been added to OpenSimulator and is included in the new build. Here are some details on how it works:

The new file is called osslEnable.ini and will be located in the config-include folder. By default it is disabled, but can be enabled by un-commenting the include line in the new [OSSL] section of OpenSim.ini

This file provides a way to easily enable OSSL scripting functions in your simulator. you can also edit the path for this file and store it outside of the OpenSim folder so you don’t have to edit it each time you update, or you may not even wish to use it at all.

If anyone has any questions about the use of this new file, give me a shout in-world or in irc and myself (or someone else) will try our best to answer any questions.

dan




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