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Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free, unified interface for all DCS products; you can think of DCS World as a simulation operating system. DCS modules that can plug into DCS World can include aircraft, maps, ground units, campaigns, etc. Not only can DCS World include modules developed internally by Eagle Dynamics, but it can also include those by certified third party developers.

 

Now that it's free (and we all know about the benefits of being open source), wouldn't it be great to take advantage of the community to build a smooth, sophisticated, contemporary simulation environment by making it open source? :)

 

This is like Linux Operating System, which the Kernel itself is free, and open source, but the modules (applications) are not!


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Let's fly together for the sake of peace :)

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Not to slam open source but...

 

There is a big problem with open source and that is the decision making process that goes into developing software. The second everything is "free and equal" you instantly smash into a wall because you fail to realize the way that people develop software is completely vital to the success of that software.

 

Should the development process be democratic where everyone has a say? Should it be republican where key people choose for the masses? Should it be Darwinist where those willing to work on the software are the reasons it stays alive and anyone else can either contribute by writing code, or by not...

 

The problem with open source is that when it's opened to everyone, then everyone instantly has a say in how it should develop. This takes time away from the people who do the actual work but it also means that you then have different people pulling in different directions which causes much more trouble than it's worth.

 

In short, true progress grinds to a halt in favor of bureaucracy, politics and philosophical wars. It's not just true for software, it's for any time when you have multiple people involved in a decision making process.

 

I'll gladly pay ED double to keep it closed source. They know what they are doing and there is no good reason to release the entire engine "for free" when all that really means is that not only will they lose their dinner, but they'll have to spend the rest of their time fighting other people for it as well.

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Yep, give up all the work they've done and lose their platform. I'm guessing you've never run a business; usually people who don't run a business, and don't make money of their own, come up with ill-coceived ideas to make everything open source. The answer is a resounding 'hell no' and 'thread closed' :)

 

 

Now that it's free (and we all know about the benefits of being open source), wouldn't it be great to take advantage of the community to build a smooth, sophisticated, contemporary simulation environment by making it open source? :)
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