I’m so excited that blender has gone this far, catching up commercial softwares features faster than any other softwares. It is relieving perhaps someday Blender will even surpasses the most advanced and widely used commercial 3D softwares in the term of features (heck blender got some features way before others). Sure, this is very exciting for any free software enthusiast, but at some points it is bothering me aswell.
I prefer Blender to be a solid, super stable softwares rather than bloated with unnecessary features. Just see what happens to Max, 2 dynamics simulation tool (havok’s reactor and the old crappy dynamic engine), 2 cloth simulation tool (clothFX modifier and reactor), 2 character animation (character studio and bones), about dozens of particle objects which almost all are identical, those are naming the frequent features I use in Max. Thus making max becoming very unstable compared to XSI or perhaps even Maya.
In linux, look at KDE (no offence for KDE fans) At some points it’s nice to have those features you can play with endlessly, experimenting with them cool effects and stuffs. But at some points I came to think how many resources it must load before I really can work with it. Then eventually I become bored, all I need is a solid window but easy to access window manager, so I turn myself to fluxbox.
So the point is, long release cycle is very fine for me, I’m very sure it’s fine for everyone. Slowly but sure. Kill ALL the bugs first if necessary, then add features later. IMHO stability is what makes FOSS distinctive from any other softwares. Just see Linux VS Windows battle and the “BSOD” term. And Blender would be a very strong candidate for the major market holder for 3D FOSS. I just don’t want it become ruined by bloatness.
I can’t release myself from commercial softwares yet, since I work on a company and in a team which uses Max and now they ask me to move to XSI. But when I feel prepared to start on my own, I would dump all commercial softwares I’ve been worked with, replaced my workstation OS with Linux and throw in Blender, GIMP, Jahshaka and Cinelerra. I have faith in FOSS now.
That’s my opinion, what u guys think?