[A self-hosted, open source, Pinterest clone.][link] Built with Python, from the looks of it.

[link]: “Pinry”


Open Source Game Console OUYA on Kickstarter

[Raising a pretty impressive (approx) $1k per minute right now, getting close to 1/4 of their $950,000 goal with 29 days left to go][link]. That the console is Android-based gives me pause, because… Android, but at the same time, something needs to shake up the home console scene and this might be it.

[link]: “OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA — Kickstarter”


Humble Indie Bundle Sells Over $1 Million, Goes Open Source

Which so far amounts to $351,207 for charity ([EFF][eff] and [Child’s Play][child]). Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, and Penumbra Overture have pledged to go open source ([free as in ‘free speech’][speech]). There are going to be hundreds of posts trying to examine what Humble Indie Bundle “did right,” but it’s real simple:

1. Well put-together website.
2. Great games
3. Name your own price
4. Charity
5. A newish idea that strikes people as clever

There will be many, many, imitators. Most of them will forget about Steps 1, 2, and 5.

[link]: “The Humble Indie Bundle (pay what you want for five awesome indie games)”
[speech]: “GNU Freedom”
[eff]: “The Electronic Frontier Foundation”
[child]: “Child’s Play Charity”


Commercial MMORPG “Ryzom” Goes Open Source

[This is the first commercial game I can think of taking this step][link] while the game is still live. All of the Ryzom source including tools, client, and server codebases are fully open source free software. For more, [see the FAQ][link]. It sounds to me a lot like a MUD codebase, and that makes me smile.

I do not see this helping them in the marketplace, but I’d like to see this become a trend. I have a lot of old PC games which are no longer playable due to DRM or other online components which no longer exist.

[faq]: “Ryzom – OpenSourceFAQ – Ryzom Core Development Site”
[link]: “Ryzom goes open source”


Code Rush, A Documentary About the Beginning of the Mozilla Project, Now in Creative Commons

[Thanks to the efforts of Andy Baio][link].

[link]: “Code Rush in the Creative Commons –”