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    Phoronix: id Software Open-Sources ET, RTCW

    id Software has announced from their annual QuakeCon event that they have open-sourced their Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Return To Castle Wolfenstein games under the GNU GPL. id Software is known for open-sourcing their games and engines after some years of use and this day has finally come for these two very popular Wolfenstein titles...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODUwNA

  • #2
    Nasty Can't wait for a first games on ioetqw engine

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tares View Post
      nasty can't wait for a first games on ioetqw engine
      rtcw =/= etqw

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      • #4
        And for git links:
        http://gitorious.org/wolf-et
        http://gitorious.org/rtcw-sp
        http://gitorious.org/rtcw-mp

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        • #5
          Is the source code of Doom 3 released? I thought it would be released shortly but these releases of code makes me question that I might simply missed Doom 3's source code's release...

          Pretty cool that id released rtcw and et, though, because I thought that these were not supposed to be flossed.

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          • #6
            I thought the Doom 3 sources were held up due to some problem with Creative having patented an algorithm that's used in the shadow volume generation code.

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            • #7
              I don't think id will release the Doom3 engine before Rage has been released. In any case big ups to id for continuing to release their stuff as Free Software!

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              • #8
                might I add, steam is selling all the ID and bethesda games (they have) on sale for 70usd for quakecon. Good time to pick up your ID goodness.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                  Is the source code of Doom 3 released? I thought it would be released shortly but these releases of code makes me question that I might simply missed Doom 3's source code's release...

                  Pretty cool that id released rtcw and et, though, because I thought that these were not supposed to be flossed.
                  I've seen a few random tweets from people claiming the release should be imminent, but nothing to back it up. I doubt it will come before Rage is released too.

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                  • #10
                    Great news! I really like iD's policy and commitment when it comes to open-sourcing their code

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                    • #11
                      Sigh, so it looks like ET adds additional terms to the GPL, making it incompatible with other projects:
                      http://icculus.org/~icculus/dotplan/ET-COPYING.txt

                      I doubt you can do this and still call it a GPL license:
                      http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#ModifyGPL

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                      • #12
                        Pretty nice stuff from ID Software <3
                        Thank you _o/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by whizse View Post
                          Sigh, so it looks like ET adds additional terms to the GPL, making it incompatible with other projects:
                          http://icculus.org/~icculus/dotplan/ET-COPYING.txt

                          I doubt you can do this and still call it a GPL license:
                          http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#ModifyGPL
                          So strictly speaking what they do seems illegal. Calling it GPL, using the term "GNU" and modifying it.

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                          • #14
                            GPL3 actually allows some form of this, although I'm not really clear on the details:

                            Originally posted by GPL3, Section 7
                            Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, for material you add to a covered work, you may (if authorized by the copyright holders of that material) supplement the terms of this License with terms:

                            * a) Disclaiming warranty or limiting liability differently from the terms of sections 15 and 16 of this License; or
                            * b) Requiring preservation of specified reasonable legal notices or author attributions in that material or in the Appropriate Legal Notices displayed by works containing it; or
                            * c) Prohibiting misrepresentation of the origin of that material, or requiring that modified versions of such material be marked in reasonable ways as different from the original version; or
                            * d) Limiting the use for publicity purposes of names of licensors or authors of the material; or
                            * e) Declining to grant rights under trademark law for use of some trade names, trademarks, or service marks; or
                            * f) Requiring indemnification of licensors and authors of that material by anyone who conveys the material (or modified versions of it) with contractual assumptions of liability to the recipient, for any liability that these contractual assumptions directly impose on those licensors and authors.
                            I could see this affecting integration of the code with other GPL3-covered code, but I don't see how it's a fatal flaw on its own.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
                              I could see this affecting integration of the code with other GPL3-covered code, but I don't see how it's a fatal flaw on its own.
                              There's already a massive off-topic thread on the issues of the GPL, it's strengths and flaws, and the alternatives... there's no need to start it up again.

                              http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showt...=24950&page=20

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