Take this scenario for instance, one that’s unlikely, but say it does occur.
You have made some awesome work using Blender, you show your work around various websites and real-world venues. Now assume that your work gets noticed by someone from Autodesk and they are really impressed with what you are capable of.
Say that this guy from Autodesk would like to offer a great deal under the claim to help you reach your fullest potential. He has decided that if you were to make a truly fantastic image in the fullest of your abilities, the company will offer you a free copy of all their software with a lifetime of free upgrades, this being under the assumption that if you take the deal, you will start using their software more rather than Blender.
Now with Blender’s price-point advantage gone, would you take the deal, will you decide that this image to be made to get the deal will be the last you will ever do with Blender, will you decide to leave BA for good in exchange for a new online home at their AREA forums?
As for whether I would make that decision, if they actually decided to address all of the longstanding complaints about their software, it might be a plausible idea to at least do some work in their software if I was offered the deal, besides, it may be years before Cycles is able to have the same functionality as Mental Ray.
However, then again, I’m used to Blender, Blender has an impressive rate of development, and a lot of the old weaknesses from rendering to the game engine are being addressed. (on top of the fact that none of Autodesk’s software has a built in game engine and thus not something you get in such a deal). You also do not have to wait until a release to use the latest Blender features assuming you are aware that the inclusion of new stuff leads to things not being quite as stable or bug-free.
For me, there would be a lot of things to consider, I’d say I’d probably lean towards staying with Blender, though I would gladly take the deal and see about trying the new software I would now have as a result.:eyebrowlift:
Again, this scenario is only hypothetical and thus is unlikely to occur, it’s more in the lines of being a thought experiment than anything else, just seeing how many here would continue to entrust themselves to supporting Blender and the Open Source paradigm if such an offer to obtain commercial software came about.