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Collectively buy games to open source?

Link to this post 30 Mar 10

The idea is to catalyze the number of games availible on the Linux platform. To do this I wonder if you cant just collectively fund some company or organisation by donations. They would then use the money to buy the right to open source whole or parts of once popular games for them to be adjusted to various Linux distributions.

Link to this post 31 Mar 10

Brilliant Idea!

Link to this post 02 Apr 10


I hope someone investigates this possibility.

Link to this post 03 Sep 11

What would be better is to find a way to make it self-funding.

My thought is this, I can't remember which group did it, but one band offered one of their albums to be downloaded for free off their website. But rather then simply make it free, they made it so you could buy it for whatever price you entered in, even 0. So while you could indeed get it for free, a vast majority of people still tossed in 10-15 bucks.

Similar thing, source code is freely available. Game can be freely distributed. But the binary download section, you put in a little section where there is a little radio button. one option, is just to freely download. The other option, is to download, and donate a little while you are at it.

End result, its free as in freedom, but you manage to keep the project financially afloat via guilt tripping.

Link to this post 16 Oct 11

I really think it would be more beneficial to simply make more new native Linux games.

Link to this post 17 Oct 11

I agree with Sims. It will be more difficult to opensource all popular games if the original game developer does not agree to allow their code to be open sourced. It would be better to just make games designed to run on linux and more stable.

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