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minecraft-pi comes with the free Raspbian OS, i.e. is free. Minecraft is not an open source game, and is quite probably a trademark.

what I would like to know, is why they made a new, non-open-source game, when there is a perfectly usable similar open-source program, Minetest.

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minecraft-pi may be provided free of charge, but it's not in any way free or open source. Here's the minimal licence provided with the distribution (in /usr/share/doc/minecraft-pi/LICENSE.txt):

*** The real license isn't finished yet, here's what goes in plain english ***

You may execute the minecraft-pi binary on a Raspberry Pi or an emulator

You may use any of the source code included in the distribution for any purpose (except evil)

You may not redistribute any modified binary parts of the distribution

minecraft-pi was written by Mojang, so it uses the company's intellectual property.

  • my question is why they didn't use a 100% open-source one. – Mark Gardner Nov 3 '16 at 15:39
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    because the Foundation made a deal with Mojang to provide the real one. Not everything in Raspbian is open source: Mathematica absolutely isn't. – scruss Nov 3 '16 at 15:43

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