Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Free Software Game Restoration

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Online at Jitsi


Dennis Payne , game developer - dulsi identicalsoftware com


An upate to a talk Dennis gave at LibrePlanet 2019 and BLU Januay 2019


Games are part of our culture, like books and movies. While we have access to some older games via emulators, we are failing to save our free software history.

Many developers try to develop a game, and then the game reaches a satisfactory state or the developer just moves on. Finding these games can be hard. Eventually libraries or languages change, and the game no longer runs.

This talk will discuss restoring games for future players to enjoy.


Dennis Payne is a senior software engineer at Skillsoft. He has worked on the commercial game Devil's Whiskey. He maintains several open source games like Bt Builder and Ostrich Riders. He contributes to packaging in the Fedora distribution.

Meeting Notes


  1. Dennis' 2019 LibrePlanet talk

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