Contributing roles in the Fedora Games SIG
Goal: to make Fedora the best Free software and open source gaming platform there is for both developers and users.
We aim to accomplish this goal through a variety of activities:
- Creating high quality packages of games, gaming-related libraries, and game development tools
- Documenting the available games, including wiki documentation and listing in comps.xml
- Providing a forum where users and developers can discuss issues related to current games, requests for new games to be packaged, and game packaging issues (but not game playing help, so don't bother asking how to kill the wumpus!)
- Seeking publicity for games in Fedora
- Actively review each other's game packages to shorten the time it takes to get games approved and imported into Fedora Package Collection
- Design additional guidelines on top of the Fedora Packaging guidelines that are specific to games
- Help each other fix bugs that have been filed against game packages
- Alerting each other about orphaned and soon-to-be orphaned games so that we can prevent their removal
Gaming News sites
- Free Gamer
- linuX-gamers.net IN PROGRESS
- Linux Game Database
- Linux Gamer Guide IN PROGRESS
- Linux games at MobyGames CONTAINS NON FREE SOFTWARE
-  (German with Wiki, Forum and News)
- Ubuntu Games (Brazilian Portuguese)
- Games on Linux
- Unixgames Q&A
Game List References
- Allegro games Instructions: genre -> listing -> show options -> "Source" to "yes" -> Apply
- Debian games
- First-person shooters with different levels of Freeness
- Five addictive open source games, more in comments
- Free Gamer games list
- Liberated Games, formerly commercial titles that are now freeware or open source
- Libregamewiki game list
- Linux Gamers' Game List
- List of games at Linux Gamer Guide
- List of open source games at Wikipedia
- Live DVD games list
- SourceForge.net-hosted games
- Top 21 Games of 2007, more in comments
- VTV6 Online, watch
Documentation for installation and configuration including screenshots for games in Fedora is available at Games.
The Games SIG has three channels for communication. First, there is the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
Second, there is this wiki page. Want to suggest a game? Just add it to the Games of Interest list. Working on packaging a game, or need a review for your game-related package? Just add it to the Games Being Packaged list. Interested in joining the SIG? Just add your WikiName to the list.
Third, we have an IRC channel, #fedora-games, on irc.freenode.net.
New packaging guidelines are created on an as-needed basis. As issues arise with game packages they are discussed. If the issue affects other games then we discuss the issue in the Bugzilla ticket where the issue was first found, which is often the review request for a new game. Once the issue has been discussed and a solution agreed upon, the package review completes. This serves as the first test for the new guideline. If the guideline is acceptable, that is, no problems are found after the package has been pushed to the repo, then we add the guideline to the wiki. Existing packages are not modified to conform to newer guidelines until they are updated/patched for other reasons (new version available, bug fixing). See the Bugzilla ticket for shippy for an example of this process.
The guidelines that we develop are in addition to, not a replacement for, the standard Fedora Packaging guidelines. Any guidelines that we feel should become standard Fedora Packaging policy will, of course, be brought up on the Fedora packaging mailing list. The Games SIG mailing list can be used to propose and discuss new packaging guidelines.
Games Packaging Guidelines
There are pointers to descriptions of some individual games on the Games- list. This list and the individual descriptions is intended for end users who want to get more information on what games are available for Fedora and to help them get started playing the individual games. This is an attempt to help squash the misconception that there are no real games for Linux. Feel free to add a description of your favorite game that is already available in Fedora. Try to avoid including information that is already included in the spec file, with the exception of the %description or %summary and %url. Do include any post-install instructions, how to play information, client and server configuration details (or pointers to manpages), and screenshots.
Game Support Tools of Interest
- GtkRadiant - Game level editor for Doom and Quake
- xqf - Game Server browser supporting Nexuiz and netpanzer among a lot other and also commercial games and been packaged on newrpms before (feel free to take over parts of the specs).
- Grapple - Grapple is designed to be a simple network layer, allowing the addition of multiplayer features to a game for as little as a dozen lines of code.
Games Being Packaged
For a slightly more full list, take a look at this tracker bug on Bugzilla. New games-related review requests should be made to block this ticket.
- Omega (project / demo) - Omega Universe Simulator (track progress here)
- libraknet (project) - Networking library for games
Orphaned Packages Needing Maintainers
- Stefan Posdzich
- Mathew W Coddington
- Simon Wesp
- Alexey Torkhov
- Josh Steffen
- Felix Kaechele
- Bruno Wolff
- Cody Smith
- Guido Grazioli
- Wei Zhang
- James Butler
- Jason Clark
- William Cunningham
- Alexandre Moine
- Igor Gnatenko
- Mo Morsi
- Nitesh Narayan Lal
- Andrzej Dubaj
- Raphael Groner
- Gary Scott
- Ditlev Munk Raboel
- Ben Rosser
- Jonh M. Harris
- Antonio Trande
- Link Dupont
- François Cami
- Antonette Caldwell
- We need more interested packagers.
- non-commercial clauses in game licenses render them invalid for inclusion into Fedora Package Collection. Such games are not Free and open source software and violate Clause 6 of the OSI definition. An example can be found in Moria and its derivatives such as angband (which now is released under GPLv2):
This software may be copied and distributed for educational, research, and not for profit purposes provided that this copyright and statement are included in all such copies. Other copyrights may also apply.
List of games which we couldn't previously package
Some things couldn't in the past be packaged due to various issues which have now been rectified. We applaud the efforts of the upstream projects and all contributors who have worked to bring things to this state. To avoid any lingering misconceptions about the status of things here's a list of things which used to be not OK, are now OK, and which have not yet been included in Fedora.
|Name||Description||What's been fixed|
|Trigger||A rally racing game||Pictures of real cars, including logos & brandnames, have been removed according to upstream.|
|Conquest||A real-time, multi-player space warfare game||Was Artistic License v. 1 but has been relicensed to Artistic v2.|
|Warsow||FPS focused on the art of movement||The old license was a mess, but this is fixed with the 2.0 release: https://www.warsow.gg/forum/thread/16760/1. Warsow Review Request Game data for Warsow Review Request|
List of games we will NOT package
|Name||Description||Why it won't be packaged|
|Aliens vs Predator||Linux port of the Fox Interactive / Rebellion Developments game, Aliens vs Predator||No free data|
|Challenge Promode||Quake mod||Requires original full version quake3 datafiles|
|Cube||Modern FPS||See Sauerbraten|
|D2X-XL||OpenGL mod for the classic 3D game Descent 2||Requires original datafiles|
|Elite: The New Kind||Advanced Elite remake||Copyright holder asked a developer to stop distribution|
|Eternal Lands||Free fantasy MMORPG||Non-free data, too restrictive license|
|Danger from the Deep||Submarine simulation||The artwork is CC At-Nc-Nd 2.0/2.5. Use auto downloader?|
|(JF)Duke3D||Duke3d Linux port||The build engine license is far from opensource |
|(most) emulators||Console, Hand-held, Arcade Emulators||Read this for details |
|Exult||A free ultima 7 engine||There is no free data for it|
|FreeSCI||A virtual machine made to run many classic adventure games from sierra||There is no free data for it. FreeSCI funclionality was merged into ScummVM|
|Frets on Fire||A Guitar Hero style game||Patent issues prevent us from including it|
|Funny Boat||Funny arcade sidescroller||Music is CC At-Nc-Hd 2.5. Use autodownloader? Post to fedora-music list and other packages and request replacements.|
|High Noon with Smokin' Guns||3D FPS||No free data|
|Isabella Coq, Naturette II and III||AGI adventure games||Require AGIMouse, which is AWOL|
|Jake2||Java port of Quake2||Requires original datafiles or demos.|
|PlaneShift||Fantasy MMORPG||Although game sources are under GPL, game data license prohibits redistribution of any kind. Use autodownloader?|
|Open Sonic||Sonic the Hedgehog clone||Trademark infringement, art seems to be copied without permission|
|Possible Worlds||3D submarine warfare||Includes/requires FMOD, which is non-free, and some art/music might not be free|
|Quake II||3D FPS||No free data|
|sauerbraten||3D FPS engine||Various non commercial use clauses in the data. Use autodownloader?|
|Scourge||A Role Playing game||The artwork isn't free. Use autodownloader?|
|Secret Maryo Chronicles||Super Mario Chronicles clone||Too much like the original |
|SoulFu||3d rogue like (continuation of egoboo by original author)||Sources have GPL headers, README gives all kind of bogus clauses incompatible with GPL, data status unclear|
|Stepmania||A DDR style game||Patent issues prevent us from including it|
|Tile Racer||Racing game||Needs the non-free AGEIA PhysX SDK|
|WolfGL||A remake of well-known Wolfenstein, FPS from ID Software||Requires original datafiles|
This SIG was created on Feb. 7, 2006, by JasonTibbitts, and has been growing ever since. Nostalgia:
- I've contacted Ken Silverman the author requesting to change it, but he doesn't want to do that.
- This does not mean we exclude emulators completely. Dosbox is an example of a great emulator for old DOS Games, and other DOS software, that has been included in Fedora. But generally, if it requires ROM files, image files, or a copy of the machines BIOS/firmware to work, we won't package it.
- They are open for discussion  Maybe problematic things can be addressed? RolandWolters. Spot has outlined what it takes for the game to be acceptable for Fedora - RahulSundaram