Re: [nbos] [FWE] Fractal Geology
Thu Sep 13th, 2007
Within the Freeciv patch, the copyright states that the original code was relicensed with permission from the author under the GPL. As of 2003, it can be modified and distributed freely.
----- Original Message -----
From: Jon Franklin
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: [nbos] [FWE] Fractal Geology

Plates.c might not be getting used because of its copyright restriction:

* Copyright 1988 by Mark Isaak. * You may distribute this however you like, as long as you don't sell it * and you keep this notice in it.
I didn't look at the other files, though.

On 9/13/07, Doug Jessee <> wrote:

I appreciate you posting the information. I just hope that it goes
somewhere! Especially in AS2, FWE and FM.


On 9/13/07, Robert <> wrote:
> Several weeks ago, there was a discussion on this list of the geological
> inaccuracy of fractally-generated world maps. I too noted this problem in
> both Fractal World Explorer and Fractal Terrains and hoped to see more
> realistic algorithms incorporated into future releases of these products,
> but they never came.
> So I began searching for alternatives and found the following, rather
> ancient code:
> http://mark.technolopeorg/progs/plates.c
> Curiously, plates.c has been floating around since the late-80s, yet I can
> only find one recent adaptation of it, in a patch for Freeciv
> (
> Cdrift and planet were made into a nifty Windows program called World
> Builder, but the graphic output was primitive by today's standards, and it
> vanished from the web circa 2001.
> So that apparently leaves the above three links as the only freely available
> continental drift simulators on the internet. I am not a programmer, so I
> can't parse the code, but is there some technical reason that would prevent
> these programs from being updated and incorporated into an application like
> FWE?
> Robert
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