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Vote For GOG To Make Galaxy Open Source
Posted by , 16 July 2014 at 6:10 pm UTC / 12401 views
A forum goer of GOG and occasional GamingOnLinux commenter of the name shmerl has been campaigning for this to happen, starting a wishlist item and a forum thread on GOG for users to vote and comment on the matter.

For those of you who do not yet know, GOG's Galaxy is akin to Valve's Steam, with a few differences.



Nevertheless, why should we give a flying fudge about whether or not Galaxy should be open source? Fenixp, a forum goer of GOG, tells us why:

Fenixp
    A) The part of the community who's capable at programming can make:
    - Their own, personal branches of the application to suit their own needs.
    - Collaborate on public branches, implementing functionality that GOG would never have thought of, with the possibility of GOG incorporating the best ones into the core application - that's free work for GOG and more options for every customer. Good example would be cloud saves, video streaming etc. - I'm willing to bet that if GOG doesn't implement them in the first place, this functionality will get into a usable state within weeks of community contribution. And best of all, GOG does not have to actually accept these features and incorporate them into the main release.
    B) Developers! If GOG provides both API AND source code for the application, devs can actually make their own additions of features they would expect of the client - again, with no cost for GOG, but with the benefit of GOG saying whether or not that particular feature is acceptable.
    C) The heightened security associated with open source software.
    D) Free debugging/bug fixing. If there's a bug GOG can't quite murderize - a common occurrence in GOG's software - at one point or another, a community member will come out and do it for them. For free.
    E) Talent hunting. Whenever GOG or CD-Project needs to expand their teams, suddenly they'll have a bunch of proven developers to choose from.
    F) On Linux, the open source client can be packaged in system repositories.
    G) Popularity. If GOG wants to expand to Linux world and releases an open source client, they suddenly get a lot of converts from Steam and a shitton of sales.

Fenixp could not think of any downsides to open sourcing Galaxy, and I cannot come up with any issues with this either. Can you, and even if you can, do they carry enough weight to completely negate the presented advantages?

shmerl has also asked that I link to the following items regarding the documentation of the protocol and API of Galaxy to enable community alternatives:

Wishlist item

Forum thread

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DrMcCoy commented on 16 July 2014 at 6:17 pm UTC

Yeah, there's no chance in hell this will ever happen.

I dare you to prove me wrong, GOG.

Yeah, there's no chance in hell this will ever happen. I dare you to prove me wrong, GOG.

Faugn commented on 16 July 2014 at 6:30 pm UTC

Desura open source client never seemed to work much better than the official one... but I guess being open source can never hurt.

Desura open source client never seemed to work much better than the official one... but I guess being open source can never hurt.

Shmerl commented on 16 July 2014 at 6:49 pm UTC

DrMcCoyYeah, there's no chance in hell this will ever happen.

I dare you to prove me wrong, GOG.

Why can't it happen? I don't really see any downsides for GOG.

[quote=DrMcCoy]Yeah, there's no chance in hell this will ever happen. I dare you to prove me wrong, GOG.[/quote] Why can't it happen? I don't really see any downsides for GOG.

BillNyeTheBlackGuy commented on 16 July 2014 at 7:27 pm UTC

I just don't see the point. Not every program needs to be open.

I just don't see the point. Not every program needs to be open.

DrMcCoy commented on 16 July 2014 at 7:30 pm UTC

BillNyeTheBlackGuyNot every program needs to be open.

Wrong.

[quote=BillNyeTheBlackGuy]Not every program needs to be open.[/quote] Wrong.

Shmerl commented on 16 July 2014 at 7:33 pm UTC

BillNyeTheBlackGuyI just don't see the point. Not every program needs to be open.

From the GOG perspective, there is a very obvious point - trust (as explained in the GOG wishlist item and on the forum. Just open and read the explanation). Open code can be audited externally (it doesn't mean it always is, but it can be).

[quote=BillNyeTheBlackGuy]I just don't see the point. Not every program needs to be open.[/quote] From the GOG perspective, there is a very obvious point - trust (as explained in the GOG wishlist item and on the forum. Just open and read the explanation). Open code can be audited externally (it doesn't mean it always is, but it [i]can be[/i]).

Zelox commented on 16 July 2014 at 7:39 pm UTC

Shmerl
Why can't it happen? I don't really see any downsides for GOG.

Cause valve is to big . I wont change client just because I cant play offline.
Steam allows you to play most of the games offline.
I already got all my games on steam, and meny gamers are on the same page there I guess.

And I dont think I never experinced a game that wont allow you to play cause you are in offline mode.
And if u want to "hide" or stay more "private" there is options for it also.
And if u want to play with your friends like he says, u have to stay online.

There is nothing unik, well its Open source, but I dont think its enoff. Even EA finds it hard to get more users in there orgin.

And dont get me wrong, I dont hate this or dont want them to be succsesful, I just dont think this will work.

atleast I dont see why I should use this instead of steam, so I can play offline? Cause its Opensource?

[quote=Shmerl] [/quote] Why can't it happen? I don't really see any downsides for GOG. Cause valve is to big :P. I wont change client just because I cant play offline. Steam allows you to play most of the games offline. I already got all my games on steam, and meny gamers are on the same page there I guess. And I dont think I never experinced a game that wont allow you to play cause you are in offline mode. And if u want to "hide" or stay more "private" there is options for it also. And if u want to play with your friends like he says, u have to stay online. There is nothing unik, well its Open source, but I dont think its enoff. Even EA finds it hard to get more users in there orgin. And dont get me wrong, I dont hate this or dont want them to be succsesful, I just dont think this will work. atleast I dont see why I should use this instead of steam, so I can play offline? Cause its Opensource?

Shmerl commented on 16 July 2014 at 7:45 pm UTC

ZeloxCause valve is to big .

I don't understand really what you mean. What does Valve have to do with GOG opening or not opening their client?

[quote=Zelox]Cause valve is to big :P.[/quote] I don't understand really what you mean. What does Valve have to do with GOG opening or not opening their client?

Zelox commented on 16 July 2014 at 7:51 pm UTC

Shmerl
ZeloxCause valve is to big .
I don't understand really what you mean. What does Valve have to do with GOG opening or not opening their client?

What I'm trying to say here is, I dont think gamers will use the GOG client. I dont really see a point in it myself. Yes its opensource, and you can play offline and so on.

And there isnt really that mutch difference compaired to steam or other clients.
You can already buy games on GOG and add them to steam after you payed

And maybe I'm just a valve fanboy lol .

[quote=Shmerl][quote=Zelox]Cause valve is to big :P. [/quote] I don't understand really what you mean. What does Valve have to do with GOG opening or not opening their client?[/quote] What I'm trying to say here is, I dont think gamers will use the GOG client. I dont really see a point in it myself. Yes its opensource, and you can play offline and so on. And there isnt really that mutch difference compaired to steam or other clients. You can already buy games on GOG and add them to steam after you payed And maybe I'm just a valve fanboy lol :D.

Shmerl commented on 16 July 2014 at 7:54 pm UTC

ZeloxWhat I'm trying to say here is, I dont think gamers will use the GOG client. I dont really see a point in it myself.

Ah, that's a completely different topic, unrelated to the discussion above which is about convincing GOG to open their own client.

And just to clarify - you are wrong. Gamers are already using GOG's Galaxy. For example for the Witcher adventure game.

[quote=Zelox]What I'm trying to say here is, I dont think gamers will use the GOG client. I dont really see a point in it myself.[/quote] Ah, that's a completely different topic, unrelated to the discussion above which is about convincing GOG to open their own client. And just to clarify - you are wrong. Gamers are already using GOG's Galaxy. For example for the Witcher adventure game.

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