IC2 has remained closed source for so much time. The community could help fix bugs & speed up the development of the mod. Also, deobfuscated ic2 jars are publicly available, what kinda exposes the source code. So why not go open source?
I'm guessing that right now they have "busy porting the mod to a newer version of Minecraft" as a decent excuse to postpone considering this. I realize we have no way to force them, but I'd be happy if they did open-source the mod after that, or at least post an official explanation of why they refuse (I've been unsuccessful at finding such an explanation previously posted).
Copyright IC2 Dev Team under the "It's Our Stuff, Not Yours!" License (formerly the "It's My Stuff, Not Yours!" License).
IMS-License 2.0 (It's our Stuff, not yours!)
Everything seen on this website/thread and directly related to the content of this post is copyright'd by the respective author of this mod (IC² Dev-Team, names mentioned above).
Any sort of files associated with this content (= the Download) is intended to be used for it's actual purpouse (playing IndustrialCraft²).
Modifying any or all of the files of IC is permitted without limitations for private use only.
The publication of modified or genuine IC² source files is prohibited.
The publication of modified IC² files (in compiled format) can be permitted under conditions noted here.
Except for the author and associated websites, third party's may redistribute IC²'s original files (for example in form of 'ModPack's) under the conditions noted HERE
Any of the limitations above can be nullified by an explicite permission of the author.
Any individuum is allowed to showcase this mod in form of screenshots and/or videos on any platform/website/forum under following restriction:
-A link to this thread must be provided, clearly visible under/next-to the media element(s).
The original developer's thoughts on open-source:
As all of my projects, it will go open source if it's not continued by its orginial team anymore.
Which probably means: No, never.
I'm not familiar with the development so I don't know what (if any) contributor license they are using. It might not be possible to open-source the project without consent from every previous developer.
Note that IndustrialCraft (IC1), MedievalCraft, and Mine4Dead are still closed-source over eight years after being discontinued. I'm not sure if anybody has asked Alblaka to release the sources during those eight years, though.
It might not be possible to open-source the project without consent from every previous developer.
Visible source would be fine, too. At this point I'd accept any solution that lets me contribute, rather than having to watch this mod suffer.
Maybe it's time to start an open-source spiritual successor to IC2? I would definitely be interested because I've been discouraged by the speed of IC2 updates