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BeOpen.com: Games for Geeks

Jun 24, 2000, 21:05 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"They say every Open Source software project is started by a single programmer scratching an itch," but for Rich Gade the motivations that led to Gnu Gaming Zone, a free software game development project, might be more appropriately chalked up to existential angst."

"Gade, GGZ's creator and a senior system administrator by trade, still recalls the feeling that used to eat away at him during his day job. "Here I was at work, at a vastly under-budgeted 2-year college, using this fantastic operating system that beat the pants off of NT, for free--for free!" he says. "I put a penguin on the home page. I linked to sites supporting Linux, and yet I still didn't feel like I was contributing."

"To rectify that situation, Gade has chosen a corner of software development still considered by many software developers to be the last frontier of Open Source development. At the end of a decade that has seen Open Source developers plant the Linux flag in every corner of the commercial software marketplace, everything from embedded systems to big iron mainframes, the ultra-proprietary $7 billion computer game development market remains surprisingly oblivious to the Open Source gospel."

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