Bil Simser has [posted an article on his blog](http://weblogs.asp.net/bsimser/archive/2008/01/10/simcity-source-code-released-to-the-wild-let-the-ports-begin.aspx) about the release of the source code for the original SimCity under the GPL. The GPL’d version has been renamed under the original working title Micropolis to protect the trademarks of Electronic Arts who currently own the intellectual property for the Sim* franchise. If the original title had stuck I wonder what they’d call The Sims these days….
The [source code for Micropolis](http://www.donhopkins.com/home/micropolis/) has been published on author Don Hopkins’ website. He has also included a bit of [history](http://www.donhopkins.com/drupal/node/131) about this branch of the SimCity project including some technical detail behind this iteration of the code.Â The GPL version has also been ported to the version of Fedora Linux being run on the [OLPC](http://laptop.org/).Â A great way to spread this brilliant game to those who are just getting a computer for the first time.
I love the fact that older software continues to be released to the public domain. I’d love to find a copy of [Wing Commander](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wing_Commander_(video_game))… If there’s anyone out there from Origin (or EA) can we see a GPL’d version of WC1 so that we can play it on our Macs!!