How is far colony foss ?

How is far colony foss ?

Postby shirish » 02 Jan 2017, 08:26

Hi all,

I was looking at FAR colony closely, couldn't file any compilation instructions, hence asked the developer and he replied -

https://github.com/farcodev/farcolony/i ... -908757986

FARC use a non-free third party component suite (TMS), so the code is provided as is w/o compilation directives.
It is more for knowledge purpose that the source code is available, I don't provide support for compilation sorry.

FYI it uses the following free components; GLScene (an old version of it), FastMM, BASS, GR32, GTTimerDemo, Imaging, oxLibs3DS, and two bits of code components found on the dead Borland Community forums.


In view of above, shouldn't far colony and its blog hosting from p.f.n taken down from freegamedev.net as it muddles the waters.

Talking to the developer in-question is a possibility but that means he may have to rewrite some, most , all of the code which s/he may not be comfortable with.

I would suggest explaining what we strive to do here at freegamedev.net and then gently remove the game from p.f.n. as well as the thread in showcase .
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Re: How is far colony foss ?

Postby FaTony » 02 Jan 2017, 09:18

Yes, it makes it proprietary. Proper free software shouldn't require proprietary software to compile.
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$ git gud
git: 'gud' is not a git command. See 'git --help'.

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Re: How is far colony foss ?

Postby Akien » 03 Jan 2017, 12:58

Good point, it should probably be removed from the Planet if it's not fully FOSS.
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Re: How is far colony foss ?

Postby shirish » 04 Jan 2017, 16:42

It's still being shown on the planet. I was interested in it but now that I know it's not FLOSS it is just mis-informing people. The developer could use other places and channels to do their stuff. Unless it doesn't follow the 4 freedoms of free software, it has no business being on the planet.

Who's the admin, please remove the offending program from the list. We could actually have more participation from some of the games that fossgames.blogspot.com shares.
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Re: How is far colony foss ?

Postby Akien » 04 Jan 2017, 18:19

shirish wrote:It's still being shown on the planet. I was interested in it but now that I know it's not FLOSS it is just mis-informing people. The developer could use other places and channels to do their stuff. Unless it doesn't follow the 4 freedoms of free software, it has no business being on the planet.

Who's the admin, please remove the offending program from the list. We could actually have more participation from some of the games that fossgames.blogspot.com shares.

PR welcome: https://github.com/FreeGameDev/planet-config
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Re: How is far colony foss ?

Postby shirish » 08 Jan 2017, 02:56

sorry for the delay, done https://github.com/FreeGameDev/planet-config/pull/2

When will this result FAR being pulled off the planet, I saw that it was just merged.

https://github.com/FreeGameDev/planet-c ... 4be6503d00
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