I think it’s wonderful that Blender has such an active user support group. My only concern is that as time goes by and Blender remains stagnant, the group will begin to take on the same status as that of the “Comodore 64 users group”.
What does Blender need to survive? It needs to continue to evolve in order to keep pace with other 3D programs. Even if it is free, it will eventually fall from favor from all but the biggest die-hards. If NAN won’t (can’t) continue the develpment, then who will? Perhaps the only solution is to make it open source a la Linux and let the comunity take control.
I would love to see Blender survive… I just don’t see it happening without a replacement for NAN. Elysiun is wonderful, but only prolonging Blenders inevitable death. I’m not unpatriotic towards Blender… Just being realistic.