About a year ago I saw that Joe Alter was offering a Shave and a Haircut SDK free of charge to responsible open source/free renderers (blender was even mentioned by name). Now hair and fur would be something I would LOVE to see in Blender, especially Joe Alter quality hair (his hair renderer is the XSI hair renderer). Did anyone take him up on his offer? I’ve been away from blender for a while, so pardon if I am missing such an addition.
By the way, belated congrats to the blender community going open source!