Well, my lawyer agreed about the gray area… said it would be something that we would argue and probably win on since we are “charging a fee for installation”… Most likely it would be a judge who had no idea what any of this meant so who knows. I also want to note the the lawyer is used to arguing “for the business” and doesn’t understand things like internet activism, PR, developers, feelings, etc. When I said, “It’s against their wishes.” He just said, “So what, what they wish and what the law is might be two different things.” So, I went ahead with this idea that it would be good for us, good for making the community bigger, good for people who like indie games, and everyone else and their feelings will have to deal with it. I usually ignore feelings (including my own) when it comes to most decisions because they aren’t logical… However, we are all human and that has bitten me in the ass in the past, lol.
I have changed my thinking regarding this and I don’t want to go argue about all that in court regardless of what is right and wrong. I was mad and at first because I love the idea of reaching the uninitiated, but I decided to let that go for now. I only want the software to continue and I don’t want to demotivate the devs or make us all waste time with this argument.
Well, I am not opposed to the idea of making things easy for people. I always love making build guides for first time builders, tutorials for people who have never touched a camera, products for newbies. In an industry filled with elitism and exclusivity I try to be more inclusive. That has been something I struggle with because it’s just so easy to facepalm when you see a newbie fucking up on something basic… I just have to remember that we all had to start somewhere and it’s never too late to get started.
Anyway, we will look into what we can do as far as making a unit with software in the future, but I don’t want to install any of their non-commercial cores.