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All,
 
For those who are not yet aware, @Hollywood_315 has placed the Vaicom source on github this morning and is therefore no longer supporting it.
 
We are in the process of pulling together an ongoing development and community management team and will update as further details become available.
 
Massive thanks to @Hollywood_315 for having produced such a great tool and supported it for so long.
 
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Yes! This is a great day for VA VAICOM users!

Many thanks to all you guys making this possible :notworthy:

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Fantastic news! Thanks so much for all your work guys, and to Hollywood for his supporting this move!!

Glad I did not uninstall or delete anything. Have not launched DCS since updating to 2.8 yet so hopefully I will be golden when an easy fix is available.

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Thank you Hollywood315 for developping vaicom which is one of the most immersive tool for DCS in my opinion…..

Also, thank you so much for allowing further development with making it open to the community👍👍👍👍

And thank you to the new development team!!!!🤩🤩🤩

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I can't help but joining the big THANK YOU! to @Hollywood_315 for making VAICOM open source, it's a fantastic demonstration of care towards the community and all the users that love this wonderful product.

Personally, I couldn't fly DCS anymore without it, so today is a day of great joy for me!!!

And, of course, an equally big THANK YOU! to all the guys in the community that immediately put a lot of effort to make VAICOM work again (I was following it ongoing live on Discord yesterday) and, together with him, made this wonderful outcome possible.


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I'm far away from keyboard now but yesterday night I followed discord very carefully.
Thank you Hollywood for everything. For me VAICOM is mandatory tool for flying. Thanks also all guys involved in 2.8 fix. It showed how important is this gold piece of software in order to continue flying in VR, closer to reallife fights.
Very good community!!!!
Keep pushing.!!!!

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Great news for all!

My question is will it continue to be payware?  I'm sure those who are taking the reins should be compensated somehow and those who have already purchased it should get their money's worth, especially those who just bought it recently not knowing it was no longer supported, it's doesn't seem fair to them to have paid for it and everyone in the future does not.

 

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9 minutes ago, bonesvf103 said:

Great news for all!

My question is will it continue to be payware?  I'm sure those who are taking the reins should be compensated somehow and those who have already purchased it should get their money's worth, especially those who just bought it recently not knowing it was no longer supported, it's doesn't seem fair to them to have paid for it and everyone in the future does not.

 

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My understanding (and hope) is that now it is open source it will be free! I’m sure the community is excited to be able to keep working on it as freeware (though I’d happily donate if there is a patreon or something). Personally I’m more than happy to have paid @Hollywood_315for his awesome work at the time and have got plenty of use out of it over the last 18 months so don’t begrudge a penny! I’m pretty sure most people feel the same way!

Also to jump on the bandwagon and add my thanks to the both Hollywood and the community for keeping this amazing tool alive!

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Great news for all!
My question is will it continue to be payware?  I'm sure those who are taking the reins should be compensated somehow and those who have already purchased it should get their money's worth, especially those who just bought it recently not knowing it was no longer supported, it's doesn't seem fair to them to have paid for it and everyone in the future does not.
 
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We haven't got that far in thought processes yet - the guys who can code (used to be me but I moved on many years ago) are focussed on immediate patching and the rest of us are just lobbing ideas in.

I think it will be an incremental thing, with initial focus on maintaining functionality and understanding what it does before we move on.

Regular updates will be posted here as we move forwards.

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I've paid the tool but I have nothing to regret if the community driven new vaicom will be free for all, following the genuine philosophy behind the open source software.

Due to a lot of bugs accumulated in the last months, I think I'm going to uninstall the current vaicom and I'll wait to see the first sort of "stable" effort of the community. I'd like to help myself the development, but I have absolutely no coding knowledge. At least I know vaicom will work again in the near future.


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We can always find a role for volunteers - testing across all airframes etc.

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17 minutes ago, Shiroka said:

it's doesn't seem fair to them to have paid for it and everyone in the future does not.

I paid for it and got to use it earlier than those in the future, and that's absolutely cool with me - especially since we're not talking about a huge price tag here.

I can understand people who bought it 2 weeks ago being a bit miffed, but then again the alternative is being stuck with a version that does not work at all, so I think even those would prefer a free version over that.

I haven't really found a license even though the github repo is named vaicompro-gpl, so I'm not sure how feasible creating restricted payware out of this would be. Plus there's absolutely no requirement to honor previous purchases (might be hard to verify as well), so people who bought it before then would have to pay twice...

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Yeah I got way more value out of it than I actually paid for over the years. No regrets here and I am thrilled it will be an Open Source project and available to all. What a fantastic program.


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This is wonderful news, thanks @Hollywood_315 for keeping this going!  

If we establish a community dev team, or someone really takes it fully over, I'd be happy to volunteer some my time contributing to some patch work and testing over the next couple months.

Coding is not my strongsuit, but more than happy to contribute time to scut work, VA programming, and documentation.

I use AIRIO extensively, and would love to help reduce the need for the Jester wheel even further than the current implementation allows!


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Thanks for the great software and releasing it to open source where many can continue to enjoy your creation.

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2 hours ago, Blackeye said:

I paid for it and got to use it earlier than those in the future, and that's absolutely cool with me - especially since we're not talking about a huge price tag here.

I can understand people who bought it 2 weeks ago being a bit miffed, but then again the alternative is being stuck with a version that does not work at all, so I think even those would prefer a free version over that.

I haven't really found a license even though the github repo is named vaicompro-gpl, so I'm not sure how feasible creating restricted payware out of this would be. Plus there's absolutely no requirement to honor previous purchases (might be hard to verify as well), so people who bought it before then would have to pay twice...

I would suggest something like Apache 2.0 or similar.   MIT/BSD would be nice but then someone could just grab it and make a closed source fork.

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I went onto https://www.vaicompro.com/ today and there is only a file to download called Viacom Pro 2_5_28.zip. The only thing that is included in this file is a viacompro.dll that unlocks all the modules. When used, my AV also blocked communication to a  website

Time;URL;Status;Detection;Application;User;IP address;Hash
2022-10-31 11:05:07 AM;http://www.awebsite.com/uploads/updates.json

I replaced that dll with the one that came with 2_5_27.zip. I was still able to validate my keys. I am not sure if we should be hesitant on getting that .dll from the viacompro.com website.

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