Anyone have any experience with this game/effort? My experience with Galciv3 has me dying to crack the hood open and peek in, but that seems to be exactly what FreeOrion is. An open-source, 100% fan-based, fan-sourced 4X space strategy game.
Personally, I would do away with the "free" part. I would rather pay somebody. But I also want the source code, and for paid moderators to maintain the health of the code's main branch. It's like I own the product, but I pay them (who also own the product). As opposed to the traditional model where Stardock owns the product, and you purchase a license. But you can't have everything.