Hello folks! After having played IF games off and on since the mid-90s, I recently took my 10-yr-old son to Vintage Computer Festival Midwest, where I saw him playing an original Zork on a PDP-11 running 2BSD connected to an amber terminal, and he was loving it. Then after we got home, I watched Get Lamp, and what can I say, it’s time to finally learn how to write a game. I want to write one just for my kids to enjoy, certainly nothing worthy of a contest or anything. I have a strong background in programming, FWIW.
It is great to see this community still alive and well, and especially great to see Inform still being maintained and evolving in interesting ways with Inform7!
My question is: to what extent are Inform6 and Inform7 still actively maintained, and to what extent are they open source?
I see that Inform6 is included in Debian, albeit in non-free because while source code is available, its license isn’t fully compliant with the Free Software Guidelines. I see also that Inform7’s latest release cannot be installed (with the GUI, at any rate) on any modern Linux system, and that it’s (apparently?) closed-source. I would certainly generally like to try the latest of things, but am concerned that Inform7 may not be something that I can continue to edit and work with over the long term, particularly since there isn’t source code for it.
I have a very strong preference to work with Open Source tools - and frequently contribute to their development as well. I have zero desire to do anything with graphics, so if there are other tools I should consider, I’d be happy to know about them… or if there is an update or ways I could help with the open-sourcing of Inform, that too would be great.
Thanks in advance, and thanks so all that have contributed to Inform in various ways over the years. I appreciate your work and the games it’s made possible!