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NaN Closes Shop, The End of Blender?

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the whats-your-vector-victor dept.

Graphics 322

lowell writes "The shareholders and directors of NaN Holding BV, owners of Blender, have decided to terminate all activities of NaN Technologies BV and apply for its bankruptcy at the Amsterdam court. It means that effective today, all technology development and website activities around Blender will be frozen. " Nice app. Too bad really.

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First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162779)

Yup... no big deal, really...

fp (-1)

Dead Penis Bird (524912) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162780)


propz to all dead penis birds

Re:fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162824)

I think not, troll!

Re:fp (-1)

corniche (207397) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162846)


8===D
X
\)
o>
what, like this one?

Re:fp (-1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162896)

Is it pining for the vas deferens?

Wow (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162781)

Are you implying that you can't make any money by giving away a product for free? I would hope not, it just doesn't make sense!

Re:Wow (-1)

IAgreeWithThisPost (550896) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162796)

Sure you can..Ask Mandrake how.

Re:Wow (0, Redundant)

Perl-Pusher (555592) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162938)

It wasn't an open source app.

Screw Blender (-1)

IAgreeWithThisPost (550896) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162782)

How about the end of Page WIdening Posts?

Re:Screw Blender (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162798)

Page widening posts only affect people who

  • use a Microsoft browser or
  • browse at -1
You have the ability to fix either (or both) of these problems.

--
Have YOU accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

Re:Screw Blender (-1)

IAgreeWithThisPost (550896) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162826)

Why would i use a crappy linux browser? Let me know when Gnome or KDE can run on 64 megs as well as just about any version of windows.
And then, why would i browse above -1? To read pathetic AC posts like yours? Nah, I like to read the real heart and soul of slashdot..the trolls.

Besides, I don't see most PWP's these days, and I still see trolls. Thanks to the ANTI-PWP method outlined in my journal!

Page Widening Posts (0, Offtopic)

Karma Star (549944) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162871)

I agree. Slashdot has let this bug go on way too long. And you know what? Jamie McCarthy has been given the patch to fix this, but he chooses not to implement it! [sourceforge.net]

Well, since Jamie claims IE users are only a small minority of users that thread I posted above, then I guess it won't affect his subscriber too badly, will it?

Re:Screw Blender (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162902)

You can read more about it in Fort Knox's journal:

http://slashdot.org/~FortKnox/journal/ [slashdot.org]

Blender? (1)

TheToon (210229) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162783)

Anything generally known that was made with Blender?

Re:Blender? (1)

lamp77 (147098) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162794)

I tried it a couple times, I found it to be a pig of an app.

And when trying to bust into an established field, doing a completely unheard of interface is a bad idea.

lamp

Re:Blender? (5, Informative)

paRcat (50146) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162821)

um, with all due respect, "a couple times" isn't enough to understand a 3D design app.

As any real blender user will tell you, once you learn the interface it's one of the fastest modelers out there.

Re:Blender? (2)

AndyChrist (161262) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162961)

No joke. I tried one of the early windows versions, and couldn't figure out how to even get started with it. I'm looking for primitives and different views, and all I've got is one frickin window and few if any tools I can recognize.

I'm sure back in the days when little was available to compete with it on Linux, it could have won some fans, but those days didn't last terribly long, did they?

Re:Blender? (0, Offtopic)

(startx) (37027) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162801)

darquri's, margarita's, you name it. personal, I'd rather freeze the stuff *inside* the blender, but that's just me.

Slashdot reaction to failed open source companies (3, Insightful)

markov_chain (202465) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162823)

Scenario: company Foo making app Bar figures out they cannot survive by selling free software

Slashdot: The great people at Foo, makers of Bar, are going to have to close their doors due to lack of $$$. Remember Bar? Nice app. Too bad, really. Yawn. Allright, where's that new DVD I ordered?

That's nice, except that it WASN'T Open Source. (1, Redundant)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162858)

They were just kind enough to give out a basic version of a fairly powerful 3D app for free to Linux, *BSD, Windows, Solaris, and Irix users. But, then, this IS Slashdot, afterall.

Daquri? (1, Redundant)

GMontag (42283) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162785)

It means that effective today, all technology development and website
activities around Blender will be frozen.


Will that be bananna or strawberry?

Not good news for Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162788)

Bleah... Linux has had better weeks. This, along with the zlib bug reported earlier, has made it a pretty bad PR week for Linux. However, we've had a pretty big win, too. Mega Networks [meganetco.com] this week announced that they were replacing approximately 3,000 Windows desktop boxes with Mandrake Linux boxes. (I submitted this story to /. but it got rejected.) The point is, that this week has not been all so bad for Linux.

Re:Not good news for Linux (1, Offtopic)

9632 (557628) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162810)

Did they fire their web designer too? Frontpage sucks.

Re:Not good news for Linux (1)

Forkenhoppen (16574) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162882)

I agree. That was the ugliest website I've ever seen. Even Microsoft knows that if you can express something with just text, use text! Every frickin' word in the menu system was a graphic. Nasty! Not only did it take forever to load, but the required bandwidth to support a bunch of people all grabbing each and every one of those useless little graphics was insane. And that background graphic..?! It all added up to the website constantly being slower than ... (And it didn't help that all the pages were dynamic, too. Talk about shooting yourself in both feet.)

Anyone who's consdering web design, take the Blender site as a case and point example of what NOT to do. (Another good example of poor web design, where the site would've been cool if the creator hadn't gone little graphic happy, is OJuice.net [ojuice.net] , but at least they have a "Light" version..)

Ojuice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162934)

Well judging from the speed, Ojuice.net has about 10 min of life left in it.

Another one bites the dust.

Has anyone thought of using /. as a weapon?

Here's some good news from IDC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162870)

Good news this week from IDC:
"Linux has overtaken Novell's Netware operating system to be the second-most popular OS shipped on Intel servers, according to the latest research."

"The news is a big step for the open source operating system (OS) which has been quickly gaining acceptance among enterprise users."

More at Linux Today [linuxtoday.com]

Mod Parent Up (nt) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162877)

nt

Re:Not good news for Linux (0)

rusty spoon (564695) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162937)

Was that before or after Mandrake$oft announced their impending demise...

Good Ridance (-1, Flamebait)

hugecyberpenis (552363) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162789)

While Blender was an interesting "toy", it was hardly a useful tool. How many XBox games do you think were made with Blender. As a former Graphics/Game development professional. I halve to say that this is not a big deal.

Maybe they will Open Source it now. (1, Flamebait)

punchdrunk (257279) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162792)

If they aren't going to develop it anymore and they have already been giving it away for free, why not let us have the source and keep it alive?

Re:Maybe they will Open Source it now. (1, Insightful)

neuroticia (557805) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162921)

Cool idea. Find an app you really like and then refuse to buy it until it goes out of business then try to get the owners of the source to donate it to the 'community' that put them out of business. ;)

Let's see. Who do we want to put out of business today?

-Sara

Floating point arithmetic improved! (4, Funny)

IainHere (536270) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162793)

Wow! No more NaN errors - I've been waiting for the IEEE to fix FP arithmetic for years now.

Re:Floating point arithmetic improved! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162833)

"I've been waiting for the IEEE to fix FP arithmetic for years now."

I wasn't aware of any arithmetic being involved in getting First Post.

Re:FP arithmetic improved! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162839)

FP arithmetic still sucks. At least five people claim FP per thread, when there can logically only be one. Just read at -1 and you'll see.

Re:FP arithmetic improved! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162890)

LOL! Mod the parent up! That's one of the funniest things I've read on Slashdot in days!

Quite Amusing (-1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162914)

But not as hilarious as the knowledge that Linux programmers are being made redundant left, right and center, while even the most perfunctory MCSE drone has job security.

mmmmm.... (4, Funny)

cswiii (11061) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162795)

"frozen"... "blender"...

Thanks a lot! It's not even noon, and now I've got a craving for a good margarita :P.

Re:mmmmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162947)

it s 6PM in Amsterdam. I ll have a margarita with that afghan hash, thanx.

Really? (1)

MantridDronemaker (541253) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162799)

I was planning to have a good look at Blender to replace my 3ds MAX habit. Blender is not open source right? They offered a free (as in beer) product and an expanded version for sale.

Seemed kind of buggy but I'd never gotten around to really working on it.

Nuts! :(

Please release the source under GPL (4, Interesting)

BroadbandBradley (237267) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162802)

because you kow if you do, blender will live on no matter what.

Then you can let users develop the app and stick to making money writing Blender Books.

I like Blender, anyone got any suggestions for alternatives for 3D animation on Linux?

Re:Please release the source under GPL (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162822)


It's already GPLed, Einstien.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (2)

Forkenhoppen (16574) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162832)

No it isn't, Edison.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162835)

Woops, in that case close the source! Microsoft knows that you can't make money by giving your source code away. That's lunacy.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (5, Informative)

geirt (55254) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162893)

Anonymous Coward wrote:
>It's already GPLed, Einstien.

Wrong.

from Freshmeat:

Per the license: "You are hereby granted permission to copy and distribute the Software without written agreement from NaN, only for non-commercial purposes."

Other parts of the software, such as the blender render daemon, are fully Open Source and Free Software, released under the new BSD license.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (3, Interesting)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162854)

From the article:
But is there a future for Blender anyways?
Internally, and on the public discussion forums, a lot of time has been spent on that topic. There are a lot of believers and non-believers for every topic and scenario. But in general there's a unified feeling among everyone - users, employees and shareholders - that Blender still has a warm living heart, still alive, and worth being continued.
We will come back to everyone with news on the shortest possible term. Thank you all for your understanding,


Sounds like its a heavy possiblity of being opened up.

Good news for animators, bad news for those that paid for licenses.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (5, Insightful)

Dan D. (10998) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162942)

bad news for those that paid for licenses.

How so? I paid for a license (a while back now, so I haven't renewed any) and I'd be delighted in it being open sourced. I paid because I wanted NaN to be profitable and keep working on the product. I don't have time to work on a full 3d modeller myself, but I have plenty of use for one, so I'll pay someone else to work on it.

Of course now I feel guilty I didn't pay more, hope they do open it and hope someone with more time than I works on it.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (3, Insightful)

torinth (216077) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162864)

It's a good wish to get Blender ousted into the open-source domain, but unfortunately unlikely. If they are decalring bankruptcy, that means they have creditors that they owe. And if they owe money, they (usually - maybe not in Amsterdam?) will be encouranged to liquidate their assets, like Blender, to another company who will pay for the technology. So getting it open-sourced is probably not an option on the table.

-Andrew

Depends on if they can find a buyer... (2)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162900)

If they can't find one or if someone like Red Hat buys them, then it's possible to see it being open sourced. Yes, I know, not likely, but still a possibility...

Re:Please release the source under GPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162874)


If they're filing for bankrupcy, that implies they have creditors. If the program, and source code (the 'technology') is one of thier assets, they can't exactly devalue that asset by giving it away, can they? Wouldn't that open them up to further prosecution by thier creditors?

Anyone know .nl law?

Re:Please release the source under GPL (2, Informative)

katarn (110199) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162876)

Yes. Alias/Wavefront. [aliaswavefront.com] is a high end profesional package. And it runs on Linux.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (1)

neuroticia (557805) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162950)

XSI (Softimage) [softimage.com] also runs on Linux. I saw 'em at Linuxworld NY. Neither Maya nor XSI are free/opensource though.

-Sara

Re:Please release the source under GPL (2)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162955)

Alias/wavefront is the company, Maya is the 3D app....see next post

Re:Please release the source under GPL (1)

OneFix (18661) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162944)

Try LightWave [codeweavers.com] . Right now you can only run the Windoze version using WINE, but you might be able to talk to NewTek [newtek.com] about bringing LightWave to Linux.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (2)

chill (34294) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162974)

NewTek reps have said that there will be an official announcement about Linux and Lightwave "soon". Of course, that was said around November 2001 -- so "soon" is relative.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (1)

OneFix (18661) | more than 12 years ago | (#3163004)

That's my point...I don't think NewTek will actually do it until they have everyone asking for it. I know what they said, but the question is did they mean it?

Re:Please release the source under GPL (2)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162945)

Well, Maya is available for Linux, and having used both it and Blender, I think its a little more intuitive, and a lot more powerfull....but its gonna cost you an arm, a leg, and a kidney.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (2)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162979)

NaN makes one piece of software - Blender (and varients of Blender). The Code for Blender is very likely the only thing NaN owns that they can sell to pay back it's investors. You can't sell the code and give it away at the same time. So I doubt there will be a GPL version.

Also worrisome - If they find a buyer for Blender, there is no guarantee the new company will continue to build Linux binaries.

Re:Please release the source under GPL (0)

TrollBridge (550878) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162994)

It's funny how the open-source community descends on dead and dying companies/projects like a pack of hungry vultures, Blender no exception.

If anyone can point out to me a dead project (like BeOS (and I know it wasn't open-sourced)) that was ever successfully revived, I would love to know.

Not intended to be a troll, just an off-color observation, I guess.

Oh.. hmm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162803)

Ah, well, what can ya do.

open source it (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162813)

tell em to open source it

Atleast they got their name right (1)

bobaferret (513897) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162825)

NaN, Not a Number...A statistic.

-jj-

/me is sad (3, Funny)

EricKrout.com (559698) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162827)

Effective today, all technology development and website activities around Blender will be frozen.

Are you implying that the classic Rob Malda films "Duckpins [cmdrtaco.net] " and "Hamster Havoc [cmdrtaco.net] " will be the last we see from this budding star in the animation business?

Surely you jest!

MONOLINUX :: Get Your GNU On [monolinux.com]

Re:/me is sad (3, Insightful)

rho (6063) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162923)

If I remember correctly, Duckpins and Hampster were done using Hash Animation Master. Hash is a good proggy--I've played with it a bit.

Blender is better in a lot of ways, but Hash is tough to beat for ease of use. Blender is tough to beat for difficulty of use. Until you learn the gestalt of it, you do a lot of guessing ("what does this button do....AAAAAGGGH!").

Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162830)

I tried Blender a while ago and found it to be severely lacking in features compared to other 3d applications out there.
I don't think anyone would actually use the app in a production environment. Yes, I know, its free! Now that Maya, Softimage, and 3ds max(sort of) have "free" versions of the software, there is little reason for hobbiest or students to use Blender.

Good thing I didn't go for the job (1)

Clith (5063) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162831)

I talked with NaN about a possible position, but they wanted me to move there for it.

Dodged that bullet..

no more linux 3d app! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162834)

Someone know an other 3d application other Linux! That's suck so much. We need more application under Linux not less !

Re:no more linux 3d app! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162852)

Well, there is always Maya for linux.

Dang (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162837)

last I heard, there was an OS X port either finished or on the way. Guess I'll never know now. :(

An OSx version was available (1)

lowell (66406) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162894)

on there website, but cant get it now.

Well, I tried to see whether everything2.com has (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162847)

an entry, since the links at the top of linked page [blender3d.com] are disabled (as explanied in-text), but guess what? [everything2.com] :
"somethings wrong. will fix.
--[nate] " is the only thing there.
Oh well, there's always google. [google.com]

--
m iso artistic geek m or female for pos. romance.

It would be nice.. (1, Redundant)

jmccay (70985) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162853)

It would be nice if they Open Sourced all there code before they disappear into History. It would be a great addition to the Open Source world, and the product wouldn't have to die.

Why?? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162873)

Why does this get front-page attention, while SuSE discontinuing all North American distribution gets relegated to a sidebar story?

Most of us don't even know what blender is!

Blender ... isn't that ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162878)

the crazy robot on Futurama???? Oh well, there are rumors about shutting down the rest of Futurama, too ...

Weird.. (1)

AnamanFan (314677) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162879)

I serfed around the Apple Games Site [apple.com] and linked to the Blender movie, which was then linked to the Blender website that had the bankruptcy notice.

Then I look at /. and behold, the artice is there.

No real relevance, just thought as a bit weird.

As a 3d modeler developer... (2, Troll)

Mongoose (8480) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162884)

I'd like to see the source GPLed - if they no longer are going to use it. I would like to pick through the source for stuff and maybe contribute plugins to a new OSS project based around it.

I used to do a Open GL GUI tk for my modeler too, but I always thought blender's layout was too static to use personally. Agian I'm a developer more than an artist. I was just looking into writing some blender plug-ins over break for a guy I met on OPN. Oh well, more time for my project. =)

sob :( (1)

lambermo (74399) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162891)

This is the 2nd 'reorganization' time for me. sob :(

Goes hand in hand with not making profit... (1)

PierceLabs (549351) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162897)

Personally I won't really miss them much. It was an interesting application but was terrible to use compared to the more 'professional' applications. Its too bad really. Maybe this will hilight the need to make profit to some of the others.

Re:Goes hand in hand with not making profit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162956)

How can you say that? As a modeller, it was a much more intuitive interface.. easy to learn, easy to do almost anything you wanted. Much easier than trying to figure out 3dsMAX which has an nice and high learning curve. Sure the renderer sucked, but you could export to anything you want for rendering purposes.

Any mirrors still active? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162908)

I would at least like to get the latest version for Linux (I believe 2.25) but I can't seem to locate it anywhere.

Does anybody happen to have a mirrored copy?

Thanks

Re:Any mirrors still active? (0, Offtopic)

protonman (411526) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162963)

Yeah I want one too! Does anybody happen to have a mirrored copy op the latest blender3d (2.25) for Linux?

Re:Any mirrors still active? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162998)

2.25 was the purchase version... the last free version was 2.23.

Lack of Apps. (3, Insightful)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162909)

Owch. This is a bad day to be a Linux desktop user.

NaN folding will strengthen the argument that there are not enough good desktop applications for Linux. It will also strengthen the claims that Linux users will not pay for software.

I doubt we will see OpenBlender. NaN may not be able to GPL Blender, as the code for that application is the only company assest they can leverage to pay off it's debt. We also don't know if they licensed any code from external contractors.

I have a strong interest in 3D animation, I am a Linux user, and Blender was it for me. There are no other 3d programs under Linux with it's level of sophistication. I hate dual booting to Windows to use Lightwave.

Loki is gone - no games. Blender is gone - no 3d.

This makes the siren's song of OSX go up a couple of decibles.

if you're willing to pay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162964)

get maya for linux or realsoft 3d.

Re:Lack of Apps. (4, Informative)

bjq (250686) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162975)

"There are no other 3d programs under Linux with it's level of sophistication."

Maya [aliaswavefront.com] (possibly the preeminent 3D animation app) is available under Linux. It's just out of your freebie pricerange.

There's also a free "Personal Learning Edition" [aliaswavefront.com] available, but it's only for WinNT/2k/XP or OSX. So contact Alias|Wavefront and tell them you want to see it for Linux.

Blender really isn't the end-all/be-all of 3d apps the Slashdot crowd makes it out to be.

that comes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162910)

from no real vision, bad managment and a coding team full of primadonnas, one more smarter than the other. I wish I had as much VCapital as NaN has blown out the window during the past 2 years.

This is frustrating (1)

boris_the_hacker (125310) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162922)

I have always loved coding, it's what I do and what I am good at, but recently I have been moving into doing more art and playing with 3D in the background. [Art is my second love, I would also go as far to saying that programming is an art form] Anyway, I have been playing with 3DSMax under Windows but I want to move to Blender because it works where I work - under Linux. It has been at the top of my list to try out again, I was kinda erked a while back when I wouldn't play ball accellerated using the Nvidia drivers. I go to get it and you can't anymore. I hope it's opened if only to allow part time fools, like my self, the oppotunity to play with 3D modelling and animation.

Good luck in the future to the developers at NaN.

Can anyone point me to a url with the latest for download, and does it play ball with nVidias accelerated drivers yet?

Re:This is frustrating (3, Informative)

Zurk (37028) | more than 12 years ago | (#3163009)

Version 2.23 can be downloaded from here :
http://www.download.blender.pl/mirror/versions/ 2.2 3/
I think version 2.25 was the latest but it got wiped before they could release it to the public and the mirrors could catch up.
real pity -- i really like blender.

OT...testing new sig :-) (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162924)

mod me down guys....

Thank God for handheld organizers. (1, Offtopic)

heroine (1220) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162927)

Corel Computer, VA I.O.U., Suse, Mandrake, Loki: they didn't make handheld organizers.

Blender could have been more than a toy. (1)

lowell (66406) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162939)

Not only was it available for Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, Irix, and OS X, it could export to .3ds format, used by Max. It also could be used as a modeller for Pixar renderman, BMRT, and Pov-ray.
Through the use of python, just about anything that wasnt built in to the program could be added with a script.

Its really ashame, because things were just beginning to happen over at NaN. I think that they were just a couple of versions away from a really proffesional 3d package.

http://blendererotica.netfirms.com/

What's Blender? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162943)

What is Blender?

victum of free software (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162948)

Well its almost certain...you have to charge in order to survive. More deaths are to come, if something does n't change.

Blender Bitching (5, Insightful)

Craig Maloney (1104) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162949)

Y'know, I'm a little tired of the people slamming this application. Honestly I think it was, and is a very good 3D application. Sure it wasn't the fastest, or the most intuitive, and it didn't have the bells and whistles of the competition, but it did have some very good and unique ideas. How many other 3D applications had a game engine built into it? The trouble with Blender is it was the first to truly put a 3D plugin of any value into a web browser, and it was one of the first to create a fully 3D game construction set. Being the first as a fledgling company doesn't translate to much, except when the finger pointing comes into play when you fail.

Thank you Ton and company for the many hours of rewarding 3D creation. Maybe someday the finger-pointers will wake up and realize what they've lost.

Figures (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3162953)

A company makes an innovative software product, and can't remain afloat, thanks in part to the pathological cheapness of the Linux crowd.

The company goes into bankruptcy and there are already numerous suggestions on /. that the company GPL the source code, with no mention of the possibility that the company could reorganize and become viable.

Am I the only one who sees how poisonous this attitude is? "Why the hell should we pay for it? If we don't pay then the company will go out of business and we'll get it for free, anyway." Normally you have to deal with professional politicians to see that level of shortsightedness and arrogance.

Keep it up, cheapskates, and Linux will never grow (in the desktop market) beyond being a hacker toy. You're the ones who all but completely destroyed the Linux book market, sent Mandrake into begging mode, and did who knows what other damage to your own cause and other businesses. I hope you're happy; I'm sure Bill Gates is delighted by how savagely you treat your own.

and i was going to... (1)

Hooya (518216) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162958)

use half my vacation time (starting this weekend) learning Blender. Am I like the inverse of midas? whatever i touch goes out of business... that really really sucks. I was just starting to get a hang of the UI too. and was going to order the 'official blender book' from a local bookstore. any other animation/rendering option for linux out there? hope they GPL that puppy. I guess I still have my downloaded copy of the binary.

Dont forget (1)

lowell (66406) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162962)

There was also a render dameon, for use over a network for batch render jobs.

Dang, too bad. (2)

AJWM (19027) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162968)

Blender's cool, and there's a sad dearth of (affordable) 3D modelling, animation and rendering tools for Linux. Okay, sure, using OpenGL for the GUI toolkit was a bit funky, but you got used to it.

Thanks NaN, great product (1)

fire-eyes (522894) | more than 12 years ago | (#3162992)

I have been using blender for a month, and truly fell in love with it. Thanks for a great app, I sure hope things work out :(

I wonder if the Maya Personal Ed hurt? (2)

Mongoose (8480) | more than 12 years ago | (#3163003)

Anyone know if the release of the Maya Personal Edition in feburary had anything to do with this?

Open Source Blender? (2)

PenguinX (18932) | more than 12 years ago | (#3163005)

I would pay money to the shareholders if they were to open source blender. This way it would be able to live on as the great tool that it is. Anyone else willing to chip in?

This is a sad outcome for Not a Number though.

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