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Release the future GOG updater client as open source

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If you plan to create an incremental updates service in the future, please release your client as open source in order to enable collaboration with the community and to build trust with your users. It would set GOG apart from other services which use closed clients, and would be in the same spirit as being DRM free in general.

The corresponding forum topic:

https://secure.gog.com/forum/general/future_gog_updater_client_as_open_source_and_the_issue_of_turst

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A reminder. The new request for this is here: <a href="https://www.gog.com/wishlist/galaxy/open_source_the_galaxy_client" class="light_un" target="_blank">https://www.gog.com/wishlist/galaxy/open_source_the_galaxy_client</a> <br /> <br /> This one should remain for historical reasons since GOG support said they can't merge requests from different sections. Please vote in the new one if you didn't yet.

May. 13, 2015
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Agreed!

May. 8, 2015
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MadJeC: GOG got the point. No need for a separate request for it. The main issue here is not to make it strong copyleft (which is of course good), but to improve trust. I think there is no reason for GOG to make it weak copyleft anyway, so GPL is a reasonable expectation.

Oct. 27, 2014
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If you're not open source, you're openly bullshit.

Oct. 24, 2014
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I think this request needs to be reworded to "Release the future GOG updater client as free software". Open source is good and all, but it misses the point of user freedom to study, modify and redistribute software. We need to demand the rights that come with a free software license such as the GNU GPL. <br /> <a href="https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html" class="light_un" target="_blank"><br /> https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html</a>

Oct. 24, 2014
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do it and feel the collective power of openness.

Jul. 19, 2014
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An Open-Source client would get ported. For GOG, this means: <br /> * More potential customers with no initial investment and no additional burden of support required <br /> * An indication of market size and support required for it, so GOG can better decide if expanding into said market is worth the investment. <br /> <br /> Note than ports need not be full ports nor will members necessarily be playing GOG games on the platform ported to. Members may only be accessing social features, bonus content, or shopping. <br /> <br /> An Open-Source client would get translated into additional languages. same benefits. <br /> <br /> Suppose 10 users in a year repeatedly log in with the Android port and download games because someone found a way to somehow make the client function on Android. GOG would probably let Android users support each other. Meanwhile these users are buying games. And GOG knows which games they downloaded using Android. Now suppose rather, that _70%_ of all users had made use of the Android port. GOG would clearly have reason to actively support and improve the customer experience for the Android port on behalf of this segment of their users.

Jul. 17, 2014
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This would completely blow my mind. This should happen, it needs to happen. C'man GOG, this would be freaking unprecedented!

Jul. 17, 2014
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I will simply ask please, for platform stability on all platforms!!!

Jul. 16, 2014
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Yes, please! Open source, let me see the code for the galaxy on windows and linux man that would be awesome!

Jul. 16, 2014
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Galaxy should be open-source. I see nothing wrong with that. It'd be one thing that GOG would have against Steam... Steam has Linux support against GOG, though...

Jul. 16, 2014
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While I will probably stick to downloading my game directly as I'm not a fan of client, having it be open source might just convince me to give it a shot.

Jul. 16, 2014
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Please make it open source

Jul. 16, 2014
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Sweet! I'll use the linux client regardless, but FOSS can only help GOG!

Jul. 16, 2014
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So it would be like Desura: <br /> <a href="https://github.com/lindenlab/desura-app" class="light_un" target="_blank"><br /> https://github.com/lindenlab/desura-app</a> <br /> <br /> That's pretty cool 8)

Jun. 21, 2014
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Well they're doing this presumably partly to save on bandwidth costs (ie updates on the order of megabytes instead of gigabytes for new games), so it's in their best interest to make it as user-friendly as possible - having the updater be open-source allows integration with other programs and potentially even inclusion in Linux distros (eg. the Debian "contrib" section)

Jun. 6, 2014
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Also, vote for the API and the protocol to be documented: <br /> <a href="https://secure.gog.com/wishlist/site/document_the_protocol_and_api_of_the_galaxy_updater_client_to_enable_community_alternatives" class="light_un" target="_blank"><br /> https://secure.gog.com/wishlist/site/document_the_protocol_and_api_of_the_galaxy_updater_client_to_enable_community_alternatives</a>

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Please make Galaxy open source!

Jun. 5, 2014
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@Staredown: Meanwhile there is an open source community downlaoder already: <a href="https://secure.gog.com/forum/general/lgogdownloader_gogdownloader_for_linux" class="light_un" target="_blank">https://secure.gog.com/forum/general/lgogdownloader_gogdownloader_for_linux</a> <br /> <br /> This request is more about the potential future GOG client which will be more than just a downloader, but also an update manager and so on. <br /> <br />

May. 28, 2014
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Honestly, the major reason I haven't downloaded the GoG Downloader program is because I've been burned by too many companies I trusted installing shitware along with their software. Open Sourcing all these accessory programs would go a long long long way to alleviating these kinds of fears.

Mar. 27, 2014
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Just to clarify, this wishlist can be applied to GOG's installer for Linux as well, not only to a complex updater client.

Mar. 24, 2014
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Releasing an open source client would show that not only does GOG have the intention of providing excellent support to linux users, but also that they understand the spirit of the community.

Mar. 23, 2014
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Releasing the client as open-source really makes sense. It's not part of the secret sauce that makes GOG competitive so it's just a "necessary burden" to maintain it. Anything that can allow us to help reduce that burden is a good thing. (And it shouldn't be too difficult. At minimum, a repository somewhere like GitHub, a public issue tracker, and some clear instructions on how to set up a build environment, how to make a build, and what standards must be met for submitted fixes/enhancements.)

Sep. 13, 2013
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sorry for hijacking... it's for open-source! :) <a href="http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/obtain_source_code_for_games_where_possible" class="light_un" target="_blank">http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/obtain_source_code_for_games_where_possible</a>

Aug. 22, 2013
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