Opensource your abandonware (2010)

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  • open-source-flash

    Petition to open source Flash and Shockwave spec

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  • DOOM

    DOOM Open Source Release

    > but the problem is that they have used a third-party library where they cannot legally release

    The DOOM source code was released without sound support due to this:

    > The bad news: this code only compiles and runs on linux. We couldn't release the dos code because of a copyrighted sound library we used (wow, was that a mistake -- I write my own sound code now), and I honestly don't even know what happened to the port that microsoft did to windows.

    This isn't always a true dichotomy. Any code is better than none, you don't have to release all of it to make a difference (especially if the closed-source library is provided as a shared object). A closed-source library can be worked around (stripping functionality), replaced, re-implemented, linked against a blob, reverse-engineered, etc.

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