(Topic ID: 193652)

Call to Action Demand Open source code from all pinball manufacturers


By TechnicalSteam

1 year ago



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    #7 1 year ago

    I love open source and contribute to many projects, but I don't see a play for open source code for large company's games.

    #36 1 year ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    Free labor? Why do most tech companies open source much of their code?

    Free labor via open source is a myth everywhere I've seen it. It actually costs the company I work for more time and money to have some of our products open sourced.

    We use it mainly as a PR tool and a recruiting tool. The structure we have around accepting and reviewing a pull request is pretty large.
    It has to be when incorporating code written by Bob in his garage into an almost billion dollar product offering.

    As a tip to you aspiring programmers out there, if you know a company you want to work for, find one of their open source projects and contribute meaningful code to it over the course of a couple months. If they like what you are doing you could easily land a job.

    #54 1 year ago

    You could just use MPF and a laptop and recode any Spike machine to do whatever you want, for free.

    Assets like art and video are not available to you anyway because of whatever copyright restrictions or however it is termed.

    MPF is open source. If you want to make your point, that seems like a great place to start by contributing to development there.

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    #59 1 year ago
    Quoted from TechnicalSteam:

    I'm trying not to get to technical , most people don't seem to understand modern day code development
    practices. Perhaps this is the core issue. Easily resolved by going open source.

    Yes, people that don't agree with you just don't understand it....... that's definitely the problem here.....

    #66 1 year ago
    Quoted from Oldgoat:

    This is the crux of the issue. What is the business case for expending the time and money to do this?

    100% this.

    If the OP put together a valid business case with a defined, guaranteed ROI for going open source, I bet companies would listen to the argument at least. As it stands, it's just a guy on a message board asking for something he wants (or demanding it).

    #70 1 year ago
    Quoted from Sonny_Jim:

    There is a valid business case, MPF and Gerrys offerings both have an open source component to them:

    MPF is a non-profit, and I don't see the code for Lexi Lightspeed up anywhere, though to Gerry's benefit he has stated he will post that at sometime in the future.

    Quoted from zacaj:

    That's literally what it is. A guy on a forum is saying we should have access to the source code of our games. And he's right.

    I believe he is wrong, and I think there is little to no positive benefit that can come from it.

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