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Etienne Robillard
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Thanks, but I tried all that and don't have much energy for continuing. If you're
serious about open source then maybe you can forward the thread to django-developers
and get some fundings to pay for a minimalistic fee to get the project maintained
by someone else, otherwise I'd prefer sticking with more profitable activities.


On Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:23:05 +1000
Chris Angelico <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM, Etienne Robillard <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> > For $399 i give you the current source code and you can do whatever you like with it, including
> > putting in github or sf. i think to have lost too many time already with further
> > maintaining the open source version without getting a penny out of it.

> Like I said, I'm not personally interested; but perhaps say that to
> the django list and someone'll bite. But if you're really tired of it,
> then just post the source code and someone may end up taking your
> project to places you never had the energy to.
> <anecdote>
> There was - and, incidentally, still kinda is - a project called Gmud,
> a 32-bit (but Win32s compatible) Windows MUD client. Its author asked
> people to send him money if they liked and used the program - $US20 I
> think - but almost nobody ever did. For years, Gmud was the
> recommended Windows client for Threshold RPG, and yet still something
> like *four* people ever sent the author money. So the author threw the
> source out to the world and said "I'm done, have fun".
> Enter the Threshold RPG community. Gmud has been extremely popular (in
> fact, some people still use it today), in spite of some limitations
> that may have been reasonable a few years ago, but are ridiculous now,
> like a fixed 500-line scrollback buffer. So some of the people there
> ask me to grab the source, tweak a few things, and recompile. I'm a
> geek, I do these sorts of things.
> Well, it turned out to be not that simple, for a few reasons. But
> eventually, after a near-complete rewrite, I produced a new MUD client
> that uses the same look and feel as Gmud, as an acknowledged
> derivative. RosMud++ is now the officially recommended Windows client
> for Threshold, and it would never have happened if Gmud's source
> hadn't been given away.
> </anecdote>
> It's really hard to make money off software, these days. Which is a
> pity, because there's lots of good software that'd be worth money. I
> do see your pain. This is part of why my newest MUD client, Gypsum,
> is open-sourced from the very beginning.
> ChrisA

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