In 1991, DUX Software licensed the rights to port Maxis Software's SimCity to Unix. Don Hopkins, working then as a contractor for DUX, rewrote the Mac version of the game to run on numerous Unix platforms. More recently, John Gilmore, an advisor to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative, suggested the idea to Hopkins of bringing the game to the OLPC's XO laptop. Hopkins told SimCity creator Will Wright, who was enthusiastic about the idea and got the ball rolling at Electronic Arts, the current owner of Maxis.

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Created by underthelinux 8 years 32 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 32 weeks ago
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merc's picture


8 years 32 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago


I don't think this is free software!


While it's great that they are porting software to the OLPC, I don't think the game is free...


underthelinux's picture


8 years 32 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago


good catch

I naturally assumed it was free since it came from Linuxworld and it was on the OLPC. Since it doesn't explicitly say free (in fact, it says they paid a licensing fee to develop it), i'm going to say it's not free, but (before you downvote it) note that it is on free software.

Feel free to vote accordingly.

EDIT: I found this quote from the article which lead me to believe that it IS free...
"Gilmore has been helping in debugging and sorting out intellectual property issues in order to have the game, under the name Micropolis, released under the GPL for the XO."

dave's picture


8 years 32 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago


Simcity only free as in beer

The makers of simcity have donated simcity to the OLPC project. However, I don't think they are donating the source code at all. They are just not charging the OLPC so they can include it on the system at no cost.

While this is not related to free software in the Simcity regard, it is related in the OLPC regard. So, I'll leave the story here.

Quadduc's picture


8 years 32 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago


SimCity free as in speech too

Electronic Arts has actually liberated the game under the GPLv3. They are keeping the trademarks, so the unofficial version of the game will be called Micropolis: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Micropolis

dave's picture


8 years 32 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago


Alright. I'm happy to be corrected.

Thanks for adding the additional info. The articles I had read didn't mention it. I assumed (whoops) from the lack of mention that it must be free as in beer only. Usually, when it's free as in freedom, they will mention it. It's good to hear about games being freed.

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8 years 32 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago



It's under the GPLv3. See http://dev.laptop.org/git?p=projects/micropolis-activity;a=blob;f=README... for yet more evidence.