We did it. Linux Tycoon, Illumination [and more] are going GPL.

Just 8 days ago I stated that, if I could pull together just $4,000 in contributions, I would Open Source (under the GPL) all of the applications and games you see on this site.

As of about 10 minutes ago, we have hit $4,001 (and some change).

That’s right.  We pulled it off.  Because we are awesome.

We showed that we, as a community, could rally together to fund a developer working full time on Open Source applications.

Now What?

Now things get fun.

  1. Tomorrow I will be updating this website and releasing free (as in beer) builds of all of the software available here (including Linux Tycoon, Illumination Software Creator, etc.).
  2. Then I will be setting up project tracking tools and source control for each application… and uploading the source code licensed under the GPL.

During this time I will be compiling together statistics and information from the past 8 days on how, specifically, this all came together.  Traffic, donation statistics, press information, etc.  My hope is that other indie developers can utilize this information to help them to do something similar.  A detailed and viable case-study.

A Big Thanks

I owe a big, hearty thanks to everyone who has contributed over the last week.  You have helped to show the world that it is completely viable [and practical] for a closed source indie developer to go Open Source and be funded via contributions.  This is a big step.

I would also like to thank all of the organizations [such as OMGUbuntu and the Linux Foundation] and community leaders [like Jono Bacon and Aaron Seigo] who helped get the word out.

You’ll notice that the donation links have moved to the bottom left of the site.  I will also be building some sort of system to show the current donation levels in real-time (or at least semi-real-time).  That way everyone can watch, in a completely transparent way, how things unfold from day-to-day and month-to-month.

Again.  Well done.  Very, very well done.

Keep your eye on this site tomorrow for lots and lots of goodies.

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36 Responses to “We did it. Linux Tycoon, Illumination [and more] are going GPL.”

  1. TheDaftRick says:

    Congrats Bryan!

  2. odysseystudio says:

    Yes Lunduke SDK here I come!!!

  3. LinuxJournallst says:

    It could bring a tear to my eye, the “Lunduke Suite” goes FOSS.

  4. TRPrecht says:

    I am extremely happy that the goal was met, despite the naysayers. Great job and I can’t wait to try out the software and keep trying to get my friends to support, just in case.

  5. Jubeh says:

    Congratulations, you’ve just set an example to many many closed source developers.

    congrats and thank you!

  6. Joey-Elijah says:


  7. EARL CAMERON says:

    you are on linux . com


  8. Urias says:

    Now, if we can just get all this stuff ported to Haiku :)


  9. Yeah says:

    Are you going to put it up on GitHub?

    Will you be using GPL v2 or v3?

  10. Theredbaron says:

    I would hope he goes with The Greater Lunduke License. Come on, Lunduke sdk, Lunduke language, it needs the Lunduke license.

  11. Ali Razeen » Donation Request: Bryan and Free Software [updated] says:

    […] on 6 June 2012: Bryan made it! Posted on June 1, 2012 by Ali. This entry was posted in Free Software. Bookmark the permalink. […]

  12. arbulus says:

    I’m really surprised. Pleasantly, though.

    Congratulations and best of luck. I really hope you have great success. I’d really like to think I was wrong with my previous frustrations.

  13. Thomas says:

    Congratulations to the Lunduke!

  14. eh says:

    Congrats, great news!

    Theredbaron wrote: “I would hope he goes with The Greater Lunduke License. Come on, Lunduke sdk, Lunduke language, it needs the Lunduke license.” — oh please don’t; if this leads to another license, I sincerely regret donating. But I’m pretty sure Lunduke has thought this through well enough.

  15. ShaneQful says:

    Congrats also I suggest changing the size of the text in you donation drop down so it doesn’t mess with the side bar of the site that drove me insane until I fixed it with firebug for myself :)

  16. Kenneth Aar says:

    Way to show the nay sayers! Finally we can point to a success story that even works on a smaller scale. Congratulations to Bryan and congratulations to the community.

  17. MC says:

    Congratulations. Look forward to watching the real time evolution of this.
    love LAS BTW

  18. Jordan says:

    Congrats Bryan this is truly amazing news! :)

  19. Isak Andersson says:

    Oh, this is fantastic! Great work Bryan. Let’s hope contributions keep rolling in! I know that I’ll keep mine up! And possibly raise it soon. Congratulations!

  20. Iluciv says:

    The Lundukian does it!

    Congrats and a huge thank you for attempting this valiant enterprise.

    Gracious Flurry

  21. hossein says:

    Very thanks!
    Congratulations to the Lunduke!
    Because GPL v3 not v2
    Thanks again

  22. Scott wears says:

    How the hell did you get “$4,001 (and some change).” lmao. I look forward to the white paper on the process

  23. jey says:

    So what happens if people cancel their monthly donation?

  24. Scott wears says:

    y the last comment I was referring to the (and some change) bit

  25. Jubeh says:

    @Scott wears pay pal has it’s cut.

  26. Lunduke.com says:

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  27. Lunduke.com says:

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  29. KatsumeBlisk says:

    I’m surprised that you’re releasing builds. I had assumed you would treat it like Red Hat where you’d release the source code, but you had to pay for builds (and support). Thanks for proving me wrong. :)

  30. Anonymoose says:

    Just mere months ago you badmouthed RMS (or should I say, rms), and now you have embraced Open Source/Free Software as an ethical and preferable means of making a living as a coder. It takes a big man to admit his mistakes and/or hubris and move on in the right direction, and I applaud you for that.

  31. Jacob Barkdull says:

    Just don’t pull a Linus with GPLv2-only licensing, ‘kay?

  32. Nicholas ipsen says:

    Congrats on being positive in the freedom dimension!

  33. ShaneQful says:

    Do pull a Linus with GPLv2 that way I can give someone an embeded device with illuminations hard coded into it and how cool would that be :)

  34. av8r0023 says:

    Hooray! Exciting news.

  35. Dean Machine says:

    Thanks!!! We love you long time!

  36. Lunduke.com says:

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