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Blender Is GPL 385

Posted by timothy
from the boom-boom-boom dept.
BartV writes with a low-key snippet from the new blender.org: ""Today, Sunday oct 13, 2002, we've launched the Blender sources as GNU GPL to the Internet. Blender has become Free Software forever!" This should be a case study for other companies with software no longer profitable as payware; read some of our previous postings about Blender to follow the story from idea to release.
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Blender Is GPL

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  • Figures (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13, 2002 @03:28PM (#4441603)

    Warning: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2) in /usr/local/www/data-www.blender.org/pnadodb/driver s/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 121

    Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2) in /usr/local/www/data-www.blender.org/pnadodb/driver s/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 121
    mysql://blender_org:@localhost/blender_org failed to connectCan't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2)


    The triumph that is free software.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13, 2002 @03:30PM (#4441608)
    I'll drink to that!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13, 2002 @03:33PM (#4441625)
    a) Blender under the GPL

    OR...

    b) Sex with a mare

    PS. I do not recommend secret option c) Sex with a Blender.
    HTH HAND
  • Great! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Pig Hogger (10379) <pig.hogger@NoSpAM.gmail.com> on Sunday October 13, 2002 @03:47PM (#4441695) Journal
    Now, to those who want to "innovate" with Blender, we can say:
    Bite my shiny metal license!!!
    Oh, wait, that's BLENDER!!! Darn!!!
  • by Elbereth (58257) on Sunday October 13, 2002 @03:47PM (#4441696) Journal
    Bite your tongue! Those who would trade a little freedom for a program that works deserve neither freedom nor a program that works.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13, 2002 @03:48PM (#4441699)
    ...is some open source drink recipies!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13, 2002 @03:52PM (#4441717)
    1) Company Releases Software
    2) Company Goes under
    3) 'Community' raised 100k eur
    4) ???
    5) ???
    6) ???
    7) Software Gets GPL'd
    8) ???
    9) PROFIT.
  • by wheany (460585) <wheany+sd@iki.fi> on Sunday October 13, 2002 @03:59PM (#4441751) Homepage Journal
    Now we will likely see progress on the interface front :)

    Because A good UI is what free software is famous for.
  • by DrugCheese (266151) on Sunday October 13, 2002 @04:21PM (#4441836)
    This should be a case study for other companies with software no longer profitable as payware

    When will Microsoft start selling Win3.1 out to GPL?
  • What is it? (Score:1, Funny)

    by goon america (536413) on Sunday October 13, 2002 @04:29PM (#4441869) Homepage Journal
    Color me stupid, but what is blender and why is it important?
  • by jdh28 (19903) <jdh28.bigfoot@com> on Sunday October 13, 2002 @04:35PM (#4441889) Homepage

    Just need to raise $12m.

    john

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13, 2002 @05:09PM (#4442016)
    int cu_isectLL(float *v1, float *v2, float *v3, float *v4, short cox, short coy, float *labda, float *mu, float *vec)

    hmm, very intereting...
  • Re:FYI... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Theom (567303) on Sunday October 13, 2002 @05:36PM (#4442112)
    Not if it lets people who KNOW HOW TO USE IT...

    Hey Clippy, we finaly found someone who likes you.
  • by Tablizer (95088) on Sunday October 13, 2002 @05:55PM (#4442175) Homepage Journal
    Was it "worth it"? I don't know the first thing about blender or very much about this buy-out. Was the source available prior to the buy-out so that it could be inspectad/evaluated?

    If the code is anything like the UI, then "it is great after you get used to it in a few years." :-P
  • by An Onerous Coward (222037) on Sunday October 13, 2002 @05:59PM (#4442192) Homepage
    Here's the timeline:

    January 1 - Microsoft announces that they will open source Windows 3.1 and DOS 6.22 for the paltry sum of $50,000. Apparently, this is to make up for the money Bill Gates lost when he ran his wallet through the laundry.

    February 12 - "The Freedows Project" (sounds like "Fritos") obtains the required $50,000 through generous donations by individuals and random muggings.

    February 13 - Microsoft turns over the source code.

    February 14 - The Freedows project sues Microsoft for violating the GPL by deliberately obscuring their code. Microsoft counters by explaining that, no, that's the code they really were using. They enter as evidence fifty pages of source code for IE 7.

    March 22 - Freedows announces that they've overcome the first project hurdle: Separating out the integrated Solitare code from the rest of the OS.

    March 25 - Freedows is forked, and a new project called XFreedows emerges.

    March 27 - Freedows forks again after an SMP patch is rejected. The new project is called "Lindows."

    March 28 - Lindows is sued by Lindows.

    April 1 - Freedows announces that Freedows OS is now running on top of the Linux kernel. Nobody believes them.

    April 2, 3, 4, and 5 - Freedows resends the press releases, publishes all sorts of screenshots and demos, bribes CmdrTaco to publish a, "No it wasn't an April Fools Joke" story. Freedows is slashdotted, detonating three servers and killing five. The project is set back a month.

    May 15 - A seven day flame war erupts when someone on the Freedows mailing list suggests changing the UI to require "triple clicking" for some functions.

    June 1 - XFreedows is integrated back into the Freedows main branch, adding native NVIDIA support, an OpenGL-based 3D GUI, 16-way SMP support, the XFAT file system (a relational database filesystem which supports file sizes up to 300 petabytes and transparent compression), full 32 bit, 64 bit, and 128 bit support, and DRM support that can be disabled with a couple of IFDEFs.

    July 15 - IBM "donates" ten million dollars to the Freedows project in what can only be described as a corporate mugging.

    August 5 - Solitare is re-integrated into the OS, improving performance 300-fold.

    August 7 - Thanks to IBM's generous donation, Freedows can move its CVS server onto a ludicrously powerful server running the Freedows OS.

    August 29th - 2:14 a.m. Freedows becomes self-aware.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 13, 2002 @07:19PM (#4442431)
    Now if only someone can tell me something negative about Microsoft.
  • Re:UI. (Score:3, Funny)

    by FattMattP (86246) on Sunday October 13, 2002 @10:07PM (#4443075) Homepage
    s/than/then/gi

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