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    Mechcommander 2

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

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    This is the Shared Source release for MechCommander 2. This release contains all of the source code and source assets required to build MechCommander 2. This release can be used with the Microsoft XNA Build March 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP).
    Pardon? Microsoft releasing source-code, when did this start to happen? At least all the closet programmers will update and make this game better

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    Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005
    Microsoft MSBuild 2.0
    4.5 GB of disk space is required during installation.
    While it is nice to see the source code, I

    1) Don't have Windows XP
    2) Don't have Visual C++ 2005
    3) Don't have Microsoft MSBuild 2.0
    4) Have 4.5GB, but it is a bit useless without the above.

    What's the general gist of the licence?
    "Well, there was your Uncle Tiberius who died wrapped in cabbage leaves but we assumed that was a freak accident."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_w
    What's the general gist of the licence?
    BSD-ish

    more specifically:

    Shared Source Limited Permissive License for use of MechCommander® 2

    This license governs use of the accompanying software. If you use the software, you accept this license. If you do not accept the license, do not use the software.

    1. Definitions
    The terms “reproduce,” “reproduction” and “distribution” have the same meaning here as under U.S. copyright law.
    “You” means the licensee of the software.
    “Licensed patents” means any Microsoft patent claims which read directly on the software as distributed by Microsoft under this license.

    2. Grant of Rights
    (A) Copyright Grant- Subject to the terms of this license, including the license conditions and limitations in section 3, Microsoft grants you a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free copyright license to reproduce the software, prepare derivative works of the software and distribute the software or any derivative works that you create.

    (B) Patent Grant- Subject to the terms of this license, including the license conditions and limitations in section 3, Microsoft grants you a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free patent license under licensed patents to make, have made, use, practice, sell, and offer for sale, and/or otherwise dispose of the software or derivative works of the software.

    3. Conditions and Limitations
    (A) Limitation on Commercial Distribution- Notwithstanding the rights granted in section 2(A) above, you are not granted any rights to commercially distribute any artwork from the software (“Art Assets”) in any derivative work or otherwise. Microsoft grants you a limited, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free copyright license to use, reproduce and distribute the Art Assets on a non-commercial basis only.

    (B) No Trademark License- This license does not grant you any rights to use Microsoft’s name, logo, or trademarks.

    (C) If you begin patent litigation against Microsoft over patents that you think may apply to the software (including a cross-claim or counterclaim in a lawsuit), your license to the software ends automatically.

    (D) If you distribute copies of the software or derivative works, you must retain all copyright, patent, trademark, and attribution notices that are present in the software.

    (E) If you distribute the software or derivative works in source code form you may do so only under this license (i.e., you must include a complete copy of this license with your distribution), and if you distribute the software or derivative works in compiled or object code form you may only do so under a license that complies with this license.

    (F) The software is licensed “as-is.” You bear the risk of using it. Microsoft gives no express warranties, guarantees or conditions. You may have additional consumer rights under your local laws which this license cannot change. To the extent permitted under your local laws, Microsoft excludes the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.
    the thing to note here is that normally the Ms-LPL has a "can only run on windows" clause - this license doesn't, meaning it's specifically allowing for a Linux port

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex
    BSD-ish <snip>
    the thing to note here is that normally the Ms-LPL has a "can only run on windows" clause - this license doesn't, meaning it's specifically allowing for a Linux port
    You read my mind! If there is a Linux port, I'll have to try it - MechCommander is one of those games I always wanted to try, but never quite got around to.
    "Well, there was your Uncle Tiberius who died wrapped in cabbage leaves but we assumed that was a freak accident."

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