With Ideasman42 stepping down, rise a lot question in my head about the future of FLOSS in general.
Let’s say it we all want the best in his new plans, everything he will be doing we wish him success and prosperity.
The big question that i m asking myself is where all this FLOSS thing is going? How to keep our keys developers? what should we do we, the community, users,
studios, everybody who is using FLOSS, to keep changeling the big incomes applications?
Ideasman42’s case should really give us all something to ponder about. Yes somebody might pick up his work and add some new stuff and so.
But we are talking somebody had been developing the app for about 14 years and instantly quit, i even remember talking (in IRC)with him the same day just before he sent
Ideasman42 is somebody that University people respects. He is the guy who implemented modeling tools that even paid app didn’t have. The guy who was doing it all, bug fix
new feature, mentoring people, moderator in BA, Blender stack exchange. Somebody with care, patience with people who he didn’t meet or see. If he deserves better can we
offer him better?
For the people who are saying working in the same code base for longtime is not healthy or it is really difficult, my question is how about all those veteran developers?
Is there some kind of plan to keep them motivated? Holiday? more School? should we have those kind of plans for our FLOSS devs as well?
What should we Blenderartists.org users do, I know many time while arguing here in the forum we forget that developers are human being as well, we just throw stuff, not really thinking about consequences, somebody else might read your comments differently and feel really offended. And some of us just want that last word in fight.
Is it a utopia to think that FLOSS may lead industry somehow?
I m really emotional now but i know that we are addicted to Blender and he will come back