Getting Started

ScienceSim is currently in alpha development. Participation is limited primarily to content developers and those interested in experimenting with hosting ScienceSim regions. If you would like to participate in the alpha, please send a message to [email protected] You should expect to encounter bugs and server instability. Set your expectations appropriately, monitor the current issues list, and let us know when something breaks.

If you show up “gray” (this happens in low bandwidth situations or where your client has not completely cached your appearance), type Ctrl-Alt-R to “rebake” your texture. You may need to turn on the advanced menus first using Ctrl-Alt-Shift-D.
Please edit your avatar appearance using one of the “changing rooms”. When you first log in, there is a board with links to some new avatars. Click on one of the avatars and follow the directions for changing appearance.
Create an Account
ScienceSim is not open for public accounts at this time. If you would like to participate, send a request to [email protected]

Install a Second Life® Client
You need to install a Second Life® client. You can install any of the variants of the client. Directions for the standard Linden Lab client and the Hippo OpenSim Viewer are listed.

Linden Lab Client
The standard Windows Second Life® Client available from Linden Labs is the most stable client. Download and install it on your desktop or laptop computer. You will need to edit the shortcut used to start the client in order to access the ScienceSim server. Create a shortcut by right clicking on your desktop and selecting “New” then “Shortcut” from the menu. Copy the following into the location dialog:

“C:\Program Files\SecondLife\SecondLife.exe” -loginuri -loginpage -helperuri
For Mac OS X, install Second Life® in the Applications folder, open a terminal window and type in the following at the prompt:

/Applications/Second\\ Life -loginuri
Hippo OpenSim Viewer
An alternative to the standard client is to install the Hippo OpenSim Viewer. When you start the Hippo viewer, click on the “Grids” button to select one of the grids. The first time you run Hippo, you will need to click on the “Grids” button. Click on the “Add” button at the top, enter the URL in the Login URI field, then click on the “Get Grid Info” button to fill in the details. If you will be using Hippo exclusively to access the ScienceSim grid, then make sciencesim the default.

Learning the Ropes
Once you have successfully logged into the ScienceSim grid, you will find that your avatar, a fairly uninteresting female character commonly referred to as “Ruth”, standing at the orientation point on the ScienceSim mainland region. At the orientation point, you will find information on how to get around in ScienceSim including information and content to customize your avatar, find interesting places, and how to create new things.

Links to Other OpenSim Information
Basic Installation Information
Planet OpenSim
WordPress OpenSimulator Blog

gettingstarted.txt · Last modified: 2008/11/19 23:42 by cmickeyb

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