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Independent software developers go full time with open source

Open sourcing software projects, the new trend?

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While many software developers get paid to work on open source by their employer or volunteer their time for free to various FOSS projects, some end up deciding to quit their day jobs to work on free and open source software (FOSS) full time. That’s exactly what Bryan Lunduke and Patrick Verner are now doing and they’re both hoping that the respective communities for their projects will help to support their efforts financially.

Linux Tycoon logo After raising more than $4,000 in monthly contributions to support full time development of his software, Lunduke, who is also the host of the Linux Action Show podcast, recently announced that he was open sourcing all of the applications and games on his site under the GPL. These include the Illumination Software Creator visual development environment and the BLABA visual video game creator, as well as the game Linux Tycoon, which lets players manage the daily tasks involved in creating a popular Linux distribution and previously cost $4 (about £2.60).

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The Washington state based developer says that the $4,000 per month in subscriptions, in conjunction with contributions from the community, should provide enough income for him to continue developing his software. “I owe a big, hearty thanks to everyone who has contributed,” said Lunduke, adding that, “You have helped to show the world that it is completely viable (and practical) for a closed source indie developer to go Open Source and be funded via contributions. This is a big step.”

Parted Magic logo In contrast, Patrick Verner, the lead developer of the Parted Magic open source, multi-platform partitioning tool, is looking to raise just $1,200 per month in donations to “pay bills and cover life’s other surprises”. On the project’s recently updated homepage, the developer says, “I believe that’s a very modest salary based on Wisconsin minimum wage ($7.25) @ 40 hours per week”.

According to recent statistics, the Parted Magic project’s site has had more than 700,000 unique visitors since the start of the year and the Parted Magic distribution sees more over 40,000 downloads each week. Verner goes on to note that, if he doesn’t “go broke first”, users can “expect more updates and more frequent releases”. Alongside the request for donations, the developer also published a new version of Parted Magic, labelled 2012_06_07, which features a number of new and upgraded packages.

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Bryan Lunduke's Projects To Go Open Source

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Linux Tycoon developer Bryan Lunduke announced plans to move to an open source, donation-supported business model for all of his released titles.

“During this process I am making regular (multiple times per day) updates and trying to keep everything documented and transparent,” Lunduke explains. “In this way I hope to provide a solid case-study on moving a proprietary software business to Open Source — In the hope that others can follow and do the same.”

To fund full-time development, Lunduke requires monthly donations totaling $4,000. If Lunduke successfully raises $4,000 over the next week, he will make Illumination Software Creator, Linux Tycoon, BLABA, 2299: THE GAME, Radical Comic Designer, and The Lunduke SDK open source projects.

Donations (both one-time and subscription-based) can be made at Lunduke’s website.

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Big Changes For Linux Tycoon, World’s Only Linux Distro Simulator

Linux Tycoon, which the developer claims to be the “worlds premier Linux Distribution Building Simulation Game”, is getting some pretty big improvements in the near future. Not the least of which is a version for Android and iOS, as well as real-time online gameplay.

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If you haven’t played Linux Tycoon, and you’re reading this site, I’m fairly surprised. Basically, Linux Tycoon is a game in which you create your own Linux distribution and complete exciting tasks such as adding packages to the repository and assigning volunteers to fix bugs. No, really.

What is quite a difficult feat in the real-world is turned into a serious time sapper in the video game world, as you compete to get more users for your virtual distribution and keep up public hype. Linux Tycoon certainly isn’t flashy, and at the end of the day the gameplay is quite simple, but it’s a fun diversion for anyone with even a passing interest in Linux.

If there is any serious complaint we have about Linux Tycoon, it’s the deliciously ironic choice to not open source the game itself. This is especially bizarre as the game has no DRM of any type, so releasing the source code (and allowing users to compile their own builds) is no more likely to cut into sales of the game as people simply putting the binary up on their file sharing site of choice. People will purchase Linux Tycoon because they want to support the developer, not because they couldn’t get it for free.

Online Play

Online play in Linux Tycoon will have the player competing with others in real-time to develop the most popular Linux distribution. Not a whole lot of information has been released beyond that, though the developer did list the following bits of information:

– No subscription fee
– Game will still be DRM free
– Offline single player will remain
– Stand alone server will be released free
– Launching within the next few days

Mobile Version

Even less information is known about the coming mobile version of Linux Tycoon, other than the fact that those who purchase the game in its current BETA stage will receive the Android build for free. It looks like this isn’t a case of mobile OS favoritism though, as further comments seem to indicate the issue is that Apple’s App Store simply won’t allow the developer to give away copies of the game arbitrarily.

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Online play is to be added to the Linux distro management simulation game ‘Linux Tycoon’.

“In the coming days you’ll be able to compete against other Linux Distros around the world, in real-time,” the developer, Bryan Lunduke announced on the Linux Tycoon webpage. “Making Linux Tycoon the worlds first MMOLDBSG (Massively Multiplayer Online Linux Distro Building Simulation Game).”

The online feature will appear in an update due ‘in the coming days’ – so if you anyone already own the game keep a look out for it.

Online gameplay will be subscription free – if you’ve bought the game you’re entitled to play – and the current ‘single player mode’ will remain available for those not wanting to play against others.

In addition, Lunduke will also be release ‘Linux Tycoon Server’ for free. This will enable players to run their own “world” independent of the ‘official’ online server.

Buy

Whilst* the game is in beta it can be purchased for $4. This price will be higher once the game is out of testing.

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Linux Tycoon is a Linux distro simulation game

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if there were a video game that simulated the experience of building and managing a Linux Distribution? We’re not sure how many people actually wonder about that, but 2299 developer Bryan Lunduke certainly has thus the Linux Tycoon was born. It claims to be the only Linux distro simulation ever to be made and we are inclined to agree.

Just like other Tycoon games, the game will focus on the player building and managing a Linux distro. This ranges from fixing bugs, choosing software packages and keeping your file sizes low in an effort to get good evaluations and ratings from your peers. The good news is that no programming knowledge is required, so for those who us who have always envisioned what it might be like to be a programmer, this will probably be the closest we will get to that experience.

Linux Tycoon is available on Linux (obviously), Mac OS X with a Windows version currently in the works. For those interested in giving it a spin, head on down to Lunduke’s website where you will be able to purchase it for a mere $4.

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