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Create virtual 3D worlds with Worldforge, and launch Windows programs with the Wine-derived ReactOS.

The preparations for GPLv3, the first major change to the GNU General Public License since 1991, have made good progress over the past few weeks. The core issues, such as how GPL handles software patents, caused some discussion. And important decisions remain in other core areas. In a posting to the debian-project mailing list [1], Debian developer Florian Weimer suggested that the Debian Project become actively involved in discussions focusing on the new license. And there will be ample opportunity to do so, as soon as the FSF throws its first draft into the ring for discussion. Worldforge Worldforge [2] gives users a programming environment for creating fantastic 3D worlds. You can use Worldforge to create online role-playing games similar to the popular commercial game, Ultima Online. Each player slips into the role of a character who has to make his or her way through a computer-simulated world (see Figure 1). The players are free to interact, although they do have to keep to the rules for the virtual world.

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