Tux Racer to be closed source- GPL Project Continues
Aug 02, 2001, 21:36 (42 Talkback[s])
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J. Nathan Matias
Sunspire Studios is going
to release Tux Racer 1.0 as a
closed source, commercial product. Tux Racer is the Free Software
community's premier 3d game, and I only found out about the future
closed source release in emails from Sunspire. They are
following the procedures of relicensing allowed from the GPL, so
everything is legal.
In response to this, I have started a project called Open Racer whose purpose is to
continue development of the GPL Tux Racer. Sunspire is ok (and, I
believe, happy) with everything so long as the project doesn't go
into direct competition with Tux Racer 1.0. It's my goal to develop
the project in a different direction in accordance with Sunspire's
wishes, but I'm still looking for ideas at this point.
It is my wish to only be the interim maintainer of this project
until I can pass the maintainership to someone more competent and
interested in the project than I. However, I hate to see the GPL
version die, so here I am.
For now, you can get basic information as well as a few
screenshots of some very simple data file hacks I have done at
the temporary Open Racer
site. I hope to have a SourceForge account within a few days,
with working CVS, mailinglists, etc. I will periodically post news
to the temporary site as I get it.
If anyone is interested in contributing, please email me using
the contact information on the Open Racer site.I need all the
help I can get from people with ideas, coders, and artists.
This game is a jewel on the crown Free Software/Open Source
gaming; don't let it fall out only to be trampled and lost.
The Tux Racer site does not mention that the 1.0 is not going to
be open source. However, I have receieved emails from Sunspire and
Jasmin Patry, an employee of sunspire and original author of Tux
Racer indicating that it will be closed source. I have not put
those emails online, because Sunspire has been good to me and I
don't want it to seem like I'm fighting them. In fact, the opposite
is true. I want the codebase to continue, but I don't want to go
into confrontation with them. I don't intend to put those emails
online unless #1 sunspire decides to oppose me or #2 nobody
If my word isn't enough, and to be honest, nobody knows me form
adam, so it's probably not worth much at all, check out the tux
racer CVS at
The most recent code updates are from the 0.61 release about 6
months ago. However, news comments on the sunspire.com and
tuxracer.com pages announce huge feature additions and heavy coding
by multiple sunspire developers.
I'm sad that Tux Racer has stagnated; the Open Racer project I
started hopefully will be able to organize people toward continuing
the great tradition of this marvelous game.
J. Nathan Matias