Zetamex Big Changes

Well as many of you know, Zetamex has been doing a lot of work and we are still cleaning up our mess getting everyone their control back. But we wanted to give you a bit of a heads up of the biggest things we have done in this switch over.

openSUSE Official Logo

We have join the clan of the lizards, we have switched to openSUSE. For those of you who don’t know what openSUSE is, in a quick summery it is the open source base to SUSE Enterprise Linux(which is the biggest competitor to Red Hat Enterprise Linux). We didn’t make this choice lightly, in fact we made this choice because the same people who maintain Mono(the software framework which OpenSimulator uses to run on Linux) are part of the same team that develops openSUSE.

The biggest reasons for the switch are openSUSE is the base for an Enterprise grade Linux distribution, it is very secure and stable. The best part which we love about openSUSE is their way of being able to use the openSUSE Factory service to install latest versions of software, while keeping the base of the system stable. This means it makes it easier for us to keep things like Mono updated and bleeding edge, while keeping the inter workings of the system down to stable base packages.

NGINX (pronounced “engine-X”) Official Logo All Right Reserved by NGINX

We have also made the switch to moving all our web services behind Nginx and ditching Apache. Since the latest version of Apache, version 2.4, we have not been too happy with how everything has had to be restructured. So we been fans of Nginx for quite a long time, it is an alternative web server that is super light weight compared to most web servers. It is under the BSD license, which is the same License that OpenSimulator uses.

The biggest bennifits that Nginx will be bringing to the table is it uses way less system resources, and for that reason alone many big companies have already made the switch to Nginx. To name a few CloudFlare, WordPress.com, and FastMail.FM have made the switch because it can scale so much better than Apache can, while using much less resources. A study was done to see how the two compare, it was noticed that Nginx can serve pages and resources much faster than Apache. Take a look at a report by DreamHost on them comparing web server here.

ZetaWorlds News

First up in the ZetaWorlds news, since our launch we have no logo. So we started a contest, which we been running since last week, a logo for ZetaWorlds. Also once all of them have been submitted we will start voting on what logo the community wants. There is a few prices you get for winning, $20 usd via PayPal, your logo used, and 1 year free for a 7.50/month plan region on ZetaWorlds. So head over to the forums and join in, the dead line is this Friday. Forum Post: http://zetaworlds.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5

Working on a new Inventory Managment system, where you will be able to manage your inventory from the web. While this is already do able via Diva Distro, we are working on a inventory management system that will allow you to manage and sort your inventory from the web. It will also allow you to view note cards, images, and scripts from the web as well. This is under private development, but it is on its way.

Zetamex Open Source News

ZetamexWeb, an open source grid web user interface. This is something we are working on, and testing it on ZetaWorlds. Once it is stable it will be going live on ZetaWorlds, so grids will be able to take advantage of a grid web interface that we ourself will be using for ZetaWorlds. If you are interested in helping with the development, we are happy to have your help just shoot us an email at timothyrogers[at]zetamex.com to join our private secure git server to help with this opensource project.

Landmass Tool, we know that Maria does monthly reports and we know variable regions cause a counting problem. So we made a tool that fixes that, you can grab this tool from our repo’s and see it in action over here: http://login.zetaworlds.com/zmw/landmass.php

My Zetamex Coming Online

We have just laid in place our new back-end and server base, now we begin finishing off My Zetamex. We do apologize that right now you don’t have any control panel access as we currently have that all broken while we plugin the new system. However, it should all be back up and running within the next two days fully connected and running.

New Features Include:

  • Single Login For Everything (except billing for just a little while longer)
  • Web File Management (NO MORE FTP)
  • Web Based Console (For those that want it)
  • Access all your regions, simulators, and grids all from one place
  • Order new services right away with your discount already attached
  • OAR Direct Downloads for Region customers no more request form

 

Becoming More User Friendly

As many of you may know, we pretty much been booming with sales of our $3/month estate regions. Well we are finished with our experiments, and we have made some changes too all our plans. We have had a lot of feedback, and we listen to our customers. So lets lay it out here, and start with our biggest change.

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That’s right guys, if you look at our simulator plans, you told us you wanted to have var regions all the way up to 4×4 vars or mega(so you can use ODE). Well listened, Starter, Plus, and Max now offer this. The Unlimited still does not offer this as it could be abused at a bigger size. So we hope all you guys are excited that we care what you our customer wants.
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Sorry guys, Estate Regions are GONE! You missed out, if you didn’t grab them while you did. However, Region Plans have come in to replace them. Plans from $3/month to $7.50/month and by the way take a look at the screenshot of the new order form below.
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That’s right, we listened. You wanted to pick where that region goes, its name, and even a starting OAR file. So we listened and here it is guys! These are not experimental plans, these plans are new and part of our line up. We are so excited to welcome them into the Zetamex line up.

To address some concerns some customers have sent in, we are offering these plans to our customers for them to have these regions attached to their grids. However, you must order them through the new order form for customers, so that you can have them setup for you regions. It should be noted that these plans do not accept the discount of grid ownership because of their already low cost. Grid owners can also choose to write us at support[at]zetamex.com for us to add your grid to the public list for orders as well if you would like.

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The first official beta is underway of ZetaPanel v3(soon to be renamed as My Zetamex), and the best part about this new interface is that you can now reset your password yourself. We know users have been requesting that forever, and we are now offering it. So we want to give you a quick run down of its new features, and the features that are still being built-in.
  • We never encrypt passwords, encryption means it can be un-encrypted. We hash, and when we hash we hash 5 times. That means if we were to become compromised, it is next to impossible for someone to reverse your password back into raw text.
  • Rename regions(only simulator plans), with just a few clicks.
  • Move regions(only simulator plans), with just a few clicks.
  • No more FTP, files are managed all from the web interface.
  • Runs as a mobile app on your phone!
  • Single Sign-On Services (This means 1 login for services, support, and billing)
  • Manage Your Grid (search, classifieds, user accounts, and more)
  • Much more!
All this built on the latest version of PHP and Linux, making sure we have the strongest security in the business. But don’t get too excited, we are only selecting certain random customers to entertain this beta project. But we are excited to say it is in its first stable beta release.
Lastly, we are currently working on remodeling our phone support system so please stay tuned to our http://zetamexstatus.com/ for update on its integration into our support system.
As always, we are an industry leader in Virtual World Hosting. Providing top quality service and availability around the world. A company that isn’t afraid to change with the times, and look for new and better ways to provide new and more affordable ways to give our users the edge over the competition. Zetamex has servers in over 9 different countries and is always expanding.