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Open Source Cola
OpenCola is a brand of open source cola, where the instructions for making it are freely available and modifiable. Anybody can make the drink, and anyone can modify and improve on the recipe as long as they, too, license their recipe under the GNU General Public License. Since recipes are, by themselves, not copyrightable, the legal basis for this is untested.
The original version 1.0 was released on 27 January 2001. Current Version is 1.1.3. Although originally intended as a promotional tool to explain free and open source software, the drink took on a life of its own and 150,000 cans were sold. The Toronto-based company Opencola founded by Grad Conn, Cory Doctorow, and John Henson became better known for the drink than the software it was supposed to promote. Laird Brown, the company's senior strategist, attributes its success to a widespread mistrust of big corporations and the "proprietary nature of almost everything."
OpenCola Interactive Fiction
The interactive fiction will walk you through the ingredients and preparation. The end goal is an Open Source implementation of OpenCola and any variations that I deem worthwhile, such as MooreCola.
It is a take found in the TeX file that can be used as a recipe for making MooreCola, which is used by MooreForge as a promotional tool.