DID YOU KNOW?
Software and computers shared a common history during the 1950s to 60s. In the early days of computing, software and hardware were being bundled together. Profit came from hardware, so the source code for software was available for free. Early adopters of new technologies were most often academics. Hence, the culture of sharing knowledge was also adopted for software. During the early 70s, IBM started charging for its software. Also, a commission by the US DOJ states that computer programs would be subject to copyright laws. These events gave rise to the development of proprietary software. Following this trend, Unix operating systems became commercialized in the early 1980s. An MIT researcher named Richard Stallman went and did something about this. He launched the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation during the mid-80s. This was around the same time when the GNU General Public or GPL came to be. It was the first ever open source license. This inspired computer science student, Linus Torvalds, to create his own operating system. He created Linux, a free and open source OS that would see wide use until today.
GPL still had some limitation on the methods for its distribution. The Open Source Initiative (which coined "open source") was born during the late 1990s. Alongside the Apache Foundation (Apache License) soon after. Things changed for the better after these events. Open source projects became widespread. Businesses centered around the open source model became legitimate. Some of the best software available to us today is open source and free. This trend even made its way to open source games, although to a lesser extent with a specific following.
#9Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup
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#15The Ur-Quan Masters
#16Tales of Maj'Eyal
#17Super TuxKartSuperTuxKart is a free 3D open-source arcade racer with a variety characters, tracks, and modes to play. In Story mode, you must face the evil Nolok, and defeat him in order to make the Mascot Kingdom safe once again. You can race against the computer or with up to four friends on one PC and more.Games
#18AngbandAngband is a roguelike game inspired by the original Rogue, Moria & Nethack and based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. It has variants that offer both slight and more notable changes in gameplay. In it, you are a hero, fighting your way down to the Pits of Angband in order to defeat Morgoth.Games
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