@ 3Dabbler, Good you send that dollar.
Personally, I don’t agree 100% with the intial reasoning to the first thread to sponser buzz, he is a good man, and offers alot of free goodies, however I think if he has enough money to do all he does on his time off says to me he has enough to support himself!
But, the idea of having some professionally made video training starting from the first steps into blender right through to the guts of the program, as buzz has done for maya training, would definately be a step in the right direction for most blender users, even for the veteran users around here.
If some sort of agreement could be reached between the BF and buzz then that would be excellent, we would all benefit. But I think it will be highly unlikely. Still it would be good.
What would be better is to get someone who has a complete knowlegde of blenders in and outs to sit down and put together complete video training modules ( modules on renderings, texturing, modelling, etc.), from beginner to advanced users, using better than the averge video and sound quality, package it and put it on the blender shop for all of us to buy what we need when we need it and at the same time be supporting our dearly beloved blender app, and it’s developers, as well as the guys who gets the daunting task of putting together such an enormous task. I mean almost every other 3d package offers DVD training for a price on their online shops, and since blender is free, why not put together some DVD training that I am sure all of us at one time or another would purchase. Blender maybe free but training for it doesn’t have to be!
I have my old copy of blender 2.3 guide sitting right infront of me now, I would definately support the BF again if there was some further learning materials to benefit from.
But like you said, there is nothing from stopping any of us sending money to the BF to help pay for a team of developers to work fultime on blenders development. So you just send that dollar!