At cgnetworks, Blender has gained sufficient kudos that the new release was announced and it has been given its own forum recently. This is significant and has happened in the past month or so. Infact I think it was only this year that Blender had a started to have a shared forum there.
Within the community, some people want to see Blender gaining respect alongside the ‘big players’, and I guess may even like to see Blender as one of the ‘big players’.
From some of the threads here, it sounds like there may be growing interest in Blender at schools/universities.
I was wondering what would happen if some big animation studio used Blender as its main animation software and made a blockbuster movie with it. And made a huge profit from the movie. Would that have any effect on Blender?
I guess what I’m wondering is how Blender will evolve over the coming years. Particularly whether it will maintain its open source / ‘free’ status or whether we will see it developing more extensive commercial interests than at present. And if it does develop more commercial interests, what impact will this have on Blender as we know it now.
My guess is that changes are not far away…