I was listening to the latest blender podcast which mentions OTOY’s purchase of Octane Render. After reading radiance’s post about the buy-out, I was slightly disturbed by one of his comments:
radiance: …since brecht joined our company, only to vanish 2 weeks later with a copy of our engine code and 4 months later announce ‘cycles’, which is now integrated into blender…
It’s obvious that every software developer is busy copying ideas from other software developers (especially in the open source world) but at first glance this sounds a little scandalous, maybe even premeditated. I’m a sold-out believer in open-source philosophy and would be disappointed to learn that great apps like Blender (or parts of these apps) are a result of questionable developing.
To be sure, this is only MY understanding based on radiance’s comment and what little info I’ve been able to scrounge in the forums - hopefully it’s a misunderstanding. Does anyone have any other information? Thoughts?