BSD Games

Last Updated on: 6th January 2024, 11:43 am

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Category: Games
Sub-Category: Console
Platform: BSD, Linux, Unix-like
License: BSD
Interface: CLI
First release: unknown

BSD Games – the bsd-games package for Linux (and GNU Hurd), containing ports of all the games from NetBSD-current that are free in the usual (DFSG/OSD) sense (i.e. modified and unmodified versions can be freely distributed, including for profit).

NetBSD-current contains two other games, rogue and larn. Rogue has a standard BSD licence, but with an additional contradictory licence that does not allow for-profit distribution; larn has no licence at all, only a notice that “Copying for Profit is Prohibited”. If you want rogue, get the
bsd-games-non-free package (which should be on sunsite, but not tsx-11), and read the README.non-free that it contains: rogue is being distributed separately, and larn not distributed at all in this Linux port, in the absence of definite confirmation of what licences really apply to rogue and larn. A game not from NetBSD, paranoia, was in earlier versions of bsd-games-non-free (and bsd-games 1.2 and 1.3) but has been removed because of the lack of a clear licence.

The games are mostly not enhanced from the NetBSD versions, but many bugs are fixed.

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