In the spirit of more discussion on Doug's request for thought on the
direction for OpenSimulator....
OpenSimulator and its "grid of grids" (Hypergrid) approach is perhaps
the nearest virtual worlds environment we current have that
approximates the "Metaverse" as envisaged in popular culture. It is
an approximation of what others seem to hint at when discussing the
sorts of social networked virtual spaces that companies like High
Fidelity and virtual reality headset companies like Oculus aspire to create.
Anyone still remember the time when a few folks could teleport
between OpenSim and Second Life back in 2008? Work started on
protocols for interchange of avatars and suitable portable and
sharable content. That was not continued unfortunately. New
commercial efforts seems to be more concerned with walled gardens
than open standards and facilities to inter work with many other
grids and technologies.
OpenSimulator could be a beacon to show the way and an experimental
environment to test ideas. That would be a very worthwhile goal in my view.