You seem to be confused... Where did you miss the part about all of the code being GPL v2? Only the art is off limits, specifically models and textures for those models. Everything else is fair game.
The project itself is nc nd, but the things contained therein are sometimes under other licenses that are compatible. In this case, GPL v2.
>It may not comply with the OSI, but that does not mean that it isn't "Open Source".
OSI is the only organization that uses the term "open source" in the public. Other organizations like debian or the fsf use "free software" but all agree that the nc and nd licences are not free or open.
>I suggest modifying how you use the term "Open Source", because it does not mean what you are intending to mean...
I see no need for that. If you use a term like open source you need a clear definition what it is and the OSI is the only organization that provides one. It's also already described here ( http://www.lgdb.org/game_categories#12 )
It may not comply with the OSI, but that does not mean that it isn't "Open Source". I suggest modifying how you use the term "Open Source", because it does not mean what you are intending to mean when you use it ambiguously.
As you can see in the 3rd above link the license isn't approved by the OSI. It might be not ideal how we handle licenses, but licensing is messy and we are no lawyers so we use the term "open source" which is connected to the OSI.
Since this is dealing strictly with linux, I would muchly prefer that the instructions on the SpringRTS.com page were followed. That will ensure the best possible experience.
Those instructions are basically this page:
For Debian/*buntu it's pretty straightforward due to synaptic. The rest are pretty simple as well.
Desura evo simple sends you to http://www.weblobby.evolutionrts.info , which up until a few weeks ago was perfect, but web browers are tired of java and oracle sucking, and have declared war on both, so self signed applets are in deep doodoo.
I actually made a newspost regarding this yesterday:
Unfortunately, cross platform apps like spring tend to get really messy due to the extreme differences in how windows packages are handled vs linux packages.
Moreover, linux packages get extremely difficult to deal with when you have an app that actively supports multiple versions of itself (such as spring... the lobby downloads whatever version of the engine is appropriate for you automatically).
Spring went though a pretty intense growing period of static linking, which is how multi-engine is handled now.
Anyway, thanks for your comments and support. I rewrote the about page last night, and while it isn't any great literary work, it should be a bit more appropriate.
I wasn't aware that I could edit the about page myself... I'll hop on it. Thought I would add some pictures to illustrate the "Features" list as well on the main site. Dunno if I can add images inline here, but if I can, I'll add them here as well.
Thanks much for everything!
Edit: I've updated the listing now :-)
NC Means Non-Commercial, and ND means No-Derivatives. neither NC nor ND suggest that redistribution is not allowed.
As per the creative commons deed:
You are free:
to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
Under the following conditions:
Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the
author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you
or your use of the work).
Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this
With the understanding that:
Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get
permission from the copyright holder.
Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the
Your fair dealing or fair use rights;
The author's moral rights;
Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how
the work is used, such as publicity.
>it seems to be just a copy paste of the about page
Everybody can edit game pages so this should be no issue
NC & ND don't fit the term "open source", both break rule #1(Free Redistribution) of the Open Source Definition
- Download and Install
the name is historical, atm we only list thirdparty distribution of specific sites namely: Desura, Steam, humblebundle, indie game stand and Linux Package search. I can see how this is misleading and unsuited for projects that mainly use there own website to distribute their game. (in a first attempt to clarify i changed the name but we might find a more suitable solution)
unfortunately i couldn't open the supplied pdf. but like you said it should be OSI compliant. So this will change.
Good point, we will try to get something implemented.