HWIOS[Hybrid Web In OpenSim -- concluded on 2011/07]
The HWIOS project (Hybrid Web In OpenSim) is meant to create an accessible interface to the popular and most developed virtual world platform called OpenSimulator. One of the main problems of OpenSimulator is that it's too technical for people who want to perform basic operations within this virtual world platform.
Compared to the existing or being developed tools like wiredux, gridmix, unga, the HWIOS tool has decentralized service management through osservices (sideproject of hwios), it's page-refresh-less (preperation for gwave kind functionality), it's very liberally licensed (bsd license), it has tms map support through osmaps (sideproject of hwios), and it's well structured.
The hybrid web interface communicates directly with OpenSimulator server, and is thus able to hide the most of the complexity of admin tasks, and therefor makes most admin tasks easier for less technically oriented user.
Besides administrative tasks like user-, service- and land-management, HWIOS is meant to become a general-use next-gen webportal with virtual world support. The whole web application doesn't use page refreshing (html over json transport), and is strongly focussed on supporting html5 features, like collaborative text editing through web sockets. It is not concerned about backwards compatibility with older browsers, but will only support the most current html5 featured browsers (chromium and shortly Firefox).
It's build on top of tools like Python, Django, Twisted and JQuery. This project is being co-financed by SurfNet.
- The project's own website