If you don't want to see your Openspace getting so much more expensive that it is ridiculous, please vote there (log in with your SL account, but as it's a LL website you're safe) :
I don't normally do that, and have always been supportive of Linden Lab, but this time they are going to far. Here is a little background :
- LL releases "void sims", aka "Openspace sims", for 1/4 the price of a full sim and 1/8 of their prims. They are insanely slow, but as they're not meant to be lived in, rather sailed in instead, not too much of a problem.
- LL decides Openspaces are not enough of a success and boosts the number of prims to 1/4 of a full sim, makes sense but they are still slow. They work on the speed problem, and make some progress, nothing fancy though since Openspaces are still so much slower than 1/4 of the speed of normal islands.
- After eight months of having Openspaces sell like cakes, LL bumps their tier of by 67% without much of a prior notice (2 months), going from US$75 to US$125 a month, VAT not included. This will have the effect of bleeding most Openspace owners out, and we're seeing a massive protestation. The blog entry is here : http://blog.secondlife.com/2008/10/27/openspace-pricing-and-policy-changes/
- As a full sim is becoming much cheaper than 4 times an Openspace, it won't be long before LL decides to boost a full sim tier by 67% too, putting it up to US$495 a month !
Do the math. And look at how much you pay for your parcel/sim in L$ or US$ a month. And decide for yourself if you wish to pay more, or if it's expensive enough as it is. Let me remind you that renting a CPU (not even a whole server) for us$295 (VAT not included) a month is already ludicrous. I've never seen a full computer lease that high (even including maintenance).