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How about turning Unity free open source software to save it?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Marcos-Elias, Sep 16, 2023.

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  1. Marcos-Elias

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    A suggestion to save Unity (the project, not the company):

    Fire all the C-suite and high executives, except the founders. Make it open source with a FOSS license. Then, turn it into a community project.

    As a company, trust is gone. You always promised NO ROYALTIES. You just cannot change it for released games. No one will believe in what comes next since your old statements were broken...

    Even if we developers continue using it on current projects in respect to our users, how can we trust it when the TOS can retroactively change? Would you, Unity staff, trust a company like that for a long term partnership?

    I don't see other way where the reputation could be easily recovered.
     
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  2. Murgilod

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    Cool, except they literally can't. There's so much third-party middleware that'd have to be removed and replaced that Unity would either have to lose loads of features or spend several years having those features replaced before they could do this.
     
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  3. Marcos-Elias

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    Yes sure, but there are still a lot of their own stuff. A limited fork with things that could be open would be great, like the editor, desktop and Android platform support and so on. PhysX that is one of the most important part is already open source. Many of their own systems already have the source available (packages) separated from the Core.

    It wouldn't be the same, of course. But may be better than just fail and be sold to another company for a small amount. Who knows. Blender was closed before and now it is so huge.
     
  4. Murgilod

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    Open source and FOSS are not the same thing at all.
     
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  5. Marcos-Elias

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    I know. I just mean that many portions of the code are already exposed under a proprietary license, they are not secret when they opened the packages. A mix of licenses could be a problem on 3rd party but not on their own stuff.
     
  6. neoshaman

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    We already have free open source unity at home

    Unity at home: GODOT
     
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  7. zombiegorilla

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    Closing. Please use the search function before creating a thread. This has been talked about many, many times.
     
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