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Resurrecting the Linux Game Tome 26

Posted by timothy
from the taking-a-stab-in-the-dark dept.
First time accepted submitter jakimfett writes "On April 13th, The Linux Game Tome will be going dark, but there's hope yet. The admin, BobZ, has an update for the community: 'To everyone who is expressing interest in helping to continue The Linux Game Tome: thank you! But don't tell me, tell the community! After this site is shut down, I will walk away from it. I have no plans to be involved in any effort to continue the Linux Game Tome legacy. If you are interested in continuing the legacy, please organize and make it happen.' Following the announcement was an email with some 'Linux Game Tome 3.0' information. In response to the email, I've set up a site that can act as a discussion platform for anyone interested in contributing to the project."
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Resurrecting the Linux Game Tome

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  • Sad panda (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Shutdown of Linux Game Tome makes me more sad than the end of Windows XP.

  • I'd be interested in taking this on eventually, but not for a few months or so. Turns out Google owns www.gametome.com, so either it'll happen quickly or get drowned out by The G.

    • Re:gametome.exe (Score:4, Informative)

      by MareLooke (1003332) on Monday April 08, 2013 @06:22AM (#43389521) Homepage

      The URL for the Linux Gametome has always been happypenguin.org and the site focused heavily on FLOSS games.

      It's a real shame but not really unexpected, the IRC channel (which used to be very active with both gamers as well as game developers) has been pretty dead for a few years now and it seems to have died around the same time maintainership of the website died down. My guess is that many active members in the community got sucked into this "real life" thing (quite a few of the most active people, at least on irc, were students at the time) and the "new generation" has little interest in FLOSS gaming it would seem.

      Oh, for those interested, it's #gametome on Freenode, some of us oldtimers still hang out there, though, as I said, it's mostly dead.

      • I've linked to the IRC channel webchat [freenode.net] in my "welcome to the forums" post. We had a pretty good conversation there this morning about development platforms and overall site design.
      • by jimmetry (1801872)

        Yeah, real life is doing that. It's pretty crazy. I'm going through my PhD at the moment and realising the system is broken. Time to start a business with some real old timey computer ethics on board. Stay tuned for www.simulatingscience.com and the associated IndieGoGo campaign (when I have better material) :p

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 08, 2013 @04:41AM (#43389197)

    Yeah, it was running on Windows XP.

  • by santax (1541065) on Monday April 08, 2013 @04:57AM (#43389245)
    First off, I love the game tomb and I love the guy for putting it up and making it work. However he is making it harder than it should be to take over. He said he is going to upload the database dump but hasn't done so yet. To make matters worse, he won't give the current source of the site. It would be so easy for me to host this site as is. No problem. But I don't have time to write a complete new site. In his defense though, he is willing to transfer the domain itself. I just wished he would let me or somebody else host the site until someone comes along that does have the time to write a new site for the data. At least we would be able to check the site. Something I do often, even yesterday I found myself looking there for gems I might have missed. This is no way meant to attack the guy, not at all, but it would make things a lot easier.
    • by homb (82455) on Monday April 08, 2013 @05:15AM (#43389311)

      He just did post the db dump. But I agree with you. It seems he just wants to get rid of it with the least amount of work. Understandable, but unfortunate.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        If I was him, I would want the new host to care about the project enough to go through the trouble of writing new site code.. if the new host just provides hosting, the site will rot quite quickly.

        • by MareLooke (1003332) on Monday April 08, 2013 @06:24AM (#43389537) Homepage
          The problem is the site was already very bitrotten and was running into regular issues with security. It's probably better to build something new using the data in the database than to use the old code.
          • by Ash Vince (602485) *

            The problem is the site was already very bitrotten and was running into regular issues with security. It's probably better to build something new using the data in the database than to use the old code.

            Also, he may not actually own the copyright on the old code. He may have got someone else to write it for him and they did not release him the copyright. Since the guy who wrote the code did it in 1999 chances are he is no longer in touch to get confirmation regarding copyright even if he wanted to.

            To be honest though, the fact that it was written in 1999 should mean any sensible person would not use it anyway. Throw that crap away and start again like he suggests. The only thing I would do is ask him for a

      • I'd disagree with the "least amount of work" bit. He took the time to write out an extensive explanation of the database schema. Honestly, the site does need an overhaul, and a complete purge is probably the only way to ensure that the new site doesn't fall prey to the same poor design and architecture that made the current site so difficult to manage.
  • I think I heard of this site when I first heard about Linux.. probably before 2000. I think I visited it twice in my life. Then and today.
    That's so old.

    And that's one ugly site. I have nothing against those retro photos, but it's a real bad selection of colors.

    • I think I heard of this site when I first heard about Linux.. probably before 2000. I think I visited it twice in my life. Then and today.
      That's so old.

      And that's one ugly site. I have nothing against those retro photos, but it's a real bad selection of colors.

      I still check the site daily...its part of my game bookmarks, and the design is surprisingly clean. I always liked it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If anyone wants part, let be know.

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