We all know how Linux has developed under an open-source scenario, with programmers from all over the world having input into it's development.
Picture this hypothetical scenario.............
Bill Gates retires to enjoy the rest of his days on an island with no computers and few plug-points. His shining new replacement looks at the MS portfolio and says,"We need to rationalise this company if we are going to build it up into something worthwhile and profitable. Why are we selling games when our core business is operating systems and business software? Take us out of the games market by the end of the year", and so plans are put in place to accomplish this. By the end of the year there will be no FS2006 (or whatever)!
Now, there is a point to this story and here it comes.
If MS decided to drop Flightsim, could the FS community develop and sustain a flightsim based on open-source code to rival or beat what we have now?
Think about it.
We have very clever developers who design the planes, the scenery, the mesh, the landclass, the airports, and all types of other aspects of our hobby, all facilitated by our beloved FS. Would it be possible that our FS could continue supported by these companies and talented individuals who produce these add-ons. And would the end result be better or worse?
It's a thought that intrigues me and if we are all honest, can anyone say they have never considered the situation where MS would eventually get fed up of Flightsims and produce no more new ones - and what would our lives be like then?
What are your thoughts, fellow flightsimmers?
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