“Linux is Badass” : The Text Adventure

Linux is Badass“, the Amazon.com bestselling book (how crazy is that?), included a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story at the end.

LiBTheGameThat adventure has now been made into an old-school text adventure game that can be played with any Z-Machine interpreter (such as Frotz) on any platform (including Linux desktops and Android phones).

If you’ve already purchased a copy of the book from my website, you can re-download it for free (using the instructions in the original email you received after purchasing) and get the game.  Because I like you.  And you are pretty.

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Linux Tycoon on Ubuntu Touch, Android, iOS… everywhere.

I’m just going to leave this right here.


A few extra details:

  • On Monday, June 24th Wednesday, June 26th Wednesday, July 3rd, Linux Tycoon will be submitted to the Android, iOS and Windows Phone stores.
  • On that same day, Linux Tycoon will be made available for download for Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS.
  • Also.  On that very same day.  Linux Tycoon will be made available as a web app, playable from any modern browser and just about any platform.
  • Linux Tycoon has been completely re-written in the Free, Open Source HTML5 app building suite, App-Make-inator.
  • Full source code, under the GPL, will be released.  (Joining the source code that is already available for the modern desktop and DOS versions of Linux Tycoon.)

That’s right.  All of that “Linux Distro Simulation And Management Game” goodness.  Free.  And Open Source.  And made possible entirely by donations from the awesome, freedom loving people of the world.

Note: The scheduled launch day of June 24th has been pushed back to July 3rd.  Because… you know… woops.  :)

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Linux Tycoon, App-Make-inator source code now available

BryanThe full source code (under the GPL) for Linux Tycoon and App-Make-inator are now available up on GitHub!

[In case you weren’t aware that this software was going Open Source, read here.  And if you just want to download the binaries and/or donate, this is the place to go.]

Some details…

Linux Tycoon

The GitHub repo for Linux Tycoon is here.  The version that is up there is roughly version 1.1.1 with a few modifications to remove the registration/purchasing requirement from when it was closed source.

LTDOSTeaserLinux Tycoon for DOS

The GitHub repo is here.

This one is a little weird.  Then again, everything about Linux Tycoon for DOS is weird. :)

The DOS version was written entirely in Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS.  Yes.  Seriously.  This was on purpose. If you’d like more background on this, take a listen to an interview I did with Giant Bomb a while back.

Does using VB for DOS make it hard for others to contribute?  Kinda.  VB for DOS isn’t terribly easy to come across (I actually own a copy that I had to track down on eBay).


The GitHub repo for App-Make-inator is here.  You’ll note that the projects for App-Make-inator (AMi) is remarkably similar to Illumination Software Creator (GitHub Repo for ISC).

AMi only recently forked from ISC to focus on just HTML5 app/website creation.  Luckily this means that most improvements (other than ones for ISC’s specific platform targets) to one can be easily applied to the other.

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Open Source. This time… with feeling!

Once.  Long, long ago (aka “last year”).  I tried to convert my long-standing (and fairly successful) business from a traditional “Closed Source Shareware” model to an Open Source model.

And I failed.  Tripped.  Wham.  Flat on my face.

But I’m not exactly the type of guy that lets a little something like that stop him.  No sir.  Learn from my mistakes, pick myself up — and try again.

So, as of today (5 minutes ago, to be exact) my entire business is now, once again… Free.  Free as in beer (no cost) and “Free” as in freedom (source code available under the GPL).  Everything.  Linux Tycoon.  App-Make-inator.  The whole kit and caboodle.

Check the “Apps”, “Games” and “Comics” buttons on the left for all the details on what is available.

I’ve learned some things over the last year — both about the business of earning a living by making free software, and about myself (what I enjoy and what I am truly good at) — that has left me confident that I can pull this off.  Here’s some details on how I’m approaching this:

Playing To My Strengths

BryanSure.  I make some cool software and such.  But, well, that’s really only part of what I “do”.

As many of you may know… I like to stick my mug in front of the camera.  And, as it turns out, I’m not completely terrible at that.  So let’s incorporate that in the form of a weekly video update over on my YouTube channel.

So what will this weekly video entail?

  • Updates on what is happening that week.  What I’m working on. What releases went out.
  • Updates on funding.  What sort of donations have come in during the week and how well we’re doing against the goals that month.
  • Discussion of other Open Source projects that need funding.  Not just my own.
  • Anything else I feel like rambling about.

There’s no set schedule (aka “Thursdays at 2:23PM”) for this.  Just “once a week”.  I will post the videos here, on Lunduke.com, as well as the YouTube channel.  And I’m sure I’ll share it out to Twitter and G+ too.  Because that’s what I do.

More Than Just Software

Ted128I also make Comic Books and such.  What about those?  Why not make those free too?

Done.  But let’s go a step further.

I am going to be releasing the source artwork for Road-Sign Hank and the Aliens (as Inkscape files) and 2299 (as bitmaps) under the Creative Commons.  Keep an eye here for that over the coming days.


Donations are great.  I’ve said this before: If every Linux user donated 1 dollar to a project… that would go a long way towards taking care of funding for so many of the Open Source projects we love and use every day.

And, to that end, I am setting an initial donation goal of $5,000 for the month of June.  Some may say that seems like a lot of money.  So allow me to lay out my reasoning for this number:

  • If this was a salary for a full time developer in North America… this would be a very low number.  We’re talking entry level wages here.
  • This is less than what I earn in sales when the software is closed source.
  • If only a fraction of the total user base for my software donates a single dollar… this goal will be easy as pie to reach.

As time goes on it may become a good idea to lower or raise this monthly goal.  I’m going to stay flexible here and adjust as needed.

Other Revenue Streams

But what about other various sources of revenue for supporting Open Source software?  Let’s do that too.

  • Shirts, Hats, Posters, etc. – Yep.  I’m going to be selling it all.
  • Bounties for features – Want to see a specific new feature faster?  You’ll be able to fund it directly.
  • Others? – There are lots of options out there.  From Ad revenue to App Store sales.  I will consider them all.

Leave no stone un-turned, as they say!

I Am Not An Island

There are a large number of, absolutely amazing, Open Source project out there.  And they need funding too.

But that funding tends to be quite elusive.  So let’s work to change that.

With that in mind I am putting together a page that lists as many Open Source projects as possible (in alphabetical order so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for) with direct links to their individual donation pages.

If you have a project that you would like to have included, drop me an email (link at the top of this page).

I am also pondering the notion of having a “Fund Open Source” telethon.  One of those “We stay on camera for 24 hours until we are punch drunk and acting ridiculous” deals to encourage folks to pitch in to one of many Open Source projects out there.  [This is just an idea at this point… no specific plans at this point.]

The point here is to work together, as a community, to make great things.  “A rising tide lifts all boats“, as they say.

So.  Here we go.

Holy moly, I am excited.  I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now… just been waiting until the moment was just right — and everything was primed for optimum success.  And now is that moment.

There’s plenty to do.  I need to some additional projects in source control still (that’s a weekend project for sure).  But all of the basics are in place.  You can download everything and donate as you feel appropriate.

Want to get ahold of me?  There are a plethora of links up top for your preferred communication mechanism.

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24-Hour “Pay What You Want” Sale

The sale is over!  But, do not despair!  All is not lost!

You can still save $10 (on any typically $30 purchase) by using the coupon code “LINUX” both at the Lunduke.com store and Theinators.com store.

Which ain’t too shabby.

Quick sale.  Because sales are fun.

Pay what you want.

Here’s what you get:

The Sale Has Ended!

This could save you like… a billion dollars.  Give or take.

This ends at sundown on Friday.  So… get it while you can.

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