> I recently learned that Microprose is planning a Linux release of Call to
> Power, but!
If you're on about Civilization:Call to Power - it's already out:
http://www.veryComputer.com/'s NOT Microprose
Quote:> 1.They're going to charge serious money
Don't people normally do this for games?
Quote:> 2.They're not going to release the source code
It's up to them. It's called freedom. They've got as much right not to
release the source code as Linus had to release his.
I prefer Open Source / free software and will always choose the open
source alternative above the proprietry model but some companies are as
yet unwilling to release their source code.
Quote:> Hey, get with it! The corporate slugs are trying to seduce us! If Master
> Torvald can give away the magic that makes Linux happens, then so can the
> corporate vampires!
It's Torvalds not Torvald! Many companies are still doubtful about the
ability of open source to make money and that's what businesses are
about to make money - there's nothing evil about that except when
companies exploit their position (e.g microsoft)
Quote:> There's a reason Master T used the copywrite he did! To keep the vampires
No it wasn't. Linus doesn't even mind binary only kernel modules
(although I do disagree with them)
Quote:> Proprietarianism has NO PLACE in the Linux community! Linux is NOT about
No Linux is about making a decent operating system that is *useful* to
people. For many people games are the only reason to boot into Windows
at least if the games come over to Linux it's one less proprietry
product (Windows) that people have to buy.
Quote:> If you're like me, and can remember those damn little punch cards, and the days
> when TelNet was the new frontier, you know what a sorry state slugs like the
> King of Redmond have reduced the computer community to. They almost
> extinguished the free-flow of ideas and code, and now that we're fighting back,
> they have the greed to try and litigate us out of existence!
You don't want to return to them days do you? But yes although MS's
* has been somewhat damaging to the computer industry and the
killing of free flow and ideas you can't blame all proprietry software
Quote:> I will have nothing to do with Microprose's game, and am seriously considering
> mailing back all the Microprose products I possess in protest.(I can't use them
> since I gleefully wiped the Abonination(W95) from my system(I even run PCDOS
> instead of the dos that starts with an 'M'))
So you actually own some proprietary games then? If you own them when
you used W95 what's the difference. Like I say. A proprietary game on a
free OS is better than proprietary game on a proprietary OS as it's only
one piece of proprietary software you have to buy.
Quote:> Please join me in boycotting this sleazy attempt to establish corporate
> proprietarianism in the community of Linux Users.
I think other companies got their first. Before the game makers there
was a lot of other proprietary software out there.
Quote:> Yes, I do believe the monkeys who sat at their consoles and sweated out this
> code deserve recognition for their labors. But does it HAVE to be cash? And
> does anyone believe that the apes who actually DID the work will see any of the
> money Microprose wants to suck out of us?
Well John Carmack from idSoftware who makes Quake 3 (for many platforms
including Linux) have donated some cash to some open source project (I
think it was Mesa 3D). So I wouldn't rule it out.
Quote:> Help me spread the word! To your e-mailers! Urge everyone, as I am doing: Do
> NOT buy this bait!
and to you. Don't use AOL ;)
Quote:> If it was an independent development group that created the game, and were the
> ones saying 'Hey, we put ten zillion hours into this and we need to re-stock
> our 'fridge before we starve," I wouldn't be writing this, but it's NOT! It's
> just another corporation trying to exploit our desire for quality
Well it's not Microprose it's Loki and they are independent. They
arranged with Activision to be the developers of the game on the Linux
platform. They are a company dedicated to porting popular games to
Linux. If you like their products they deserve your cash.
Quote:> (Oh, and Microprose, before you send your lawers after ME for voicing my
> opinion(I'm sure your shysters will call it libel, or slander, or witchcraft,
> or whatever) If you want to be proprietary about code you create to run on a
> proprietary OS, that's FINE! That's free enterprise, and that's the way it
> SHOULD be. However, Linux is, by the express copyright of its creator,
Yes the OS is it doesn't mean the applications should be. e.g. does it
mean because Windows is proprietary you can't write open source
applications for it?
Quote:> That means: Keep your greed out! It's unwanted, unwelcome, and un-Linux!)
Linux is about freedom. They're free to not release their source code
but then again someone else is free to come along and write an open
source clone. If you're so worried shut up and get coding!
UKUUG Linux '99 Conference 25-26th June 1999
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