[olug] Fundraiser to make Blender Open Source
diginux at diginux.net
Fri Jul 19 23:26:42 UTC 2002
They are going to compete with Aztec 3D Modeller now! *chuckle*
> On Friday 19 July 2002 17:50, you wrote:
> I've seen a few Blenderheads at the meetings and thought there might be
> some interest in this. Blender, a very cool 3D program from the now
> defunct NaN software, is the focus of a drive to make it Open under the
> GPL. Ton Roosendaal sent this to all registered owners of Blender, but I
> thought I would forward this to the list.
> In a nutshell, they have to pony up 100k to the former investors to
> release the intellectual property. Once the money is raised, there will
> be a two week period where members get first crack at downloading the
> code. And then Blender is GLP and free to dl and hack to your heart's
> I gave 50 bucks earlier today and hoped a few of you might do the same.
> Blender mailing list follows ======================================
> Dear Blender user,
> Finally some good news. It looks like Blender will get a new future.
> I've managed to make a deal with the investors in NaN, to agree on a
> plan to make Blender become an open source project, published as GNU
> GPL. This will be organized by an independent non-profit organisation,
> the 'Blender Foundation'.
> You can read about this at the Blender site:
> Before you go there... there's one 'but' involved. The Foundation will
> have to pay 100k euro (or USD) to NaN in order to make it happen. That
> money will be collected with a campaign during the next month. I
> honestly expect we can find big sponsors to help us out, but I'm afraid
> it also comes down to you, as the individual Blender user.
> I hope you consider making a donation; you can become Foundation Member
> for 50 euro (or USD), which will also give you some nice extras during
> the campaign.
> Let's make Blender Free Software forever!
> -Ton Roosendaal-
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