Jason van Gumster
jason at handturkeystudios.com
Sat Apr 18 11:51:59 EDT 2009
"Roger W. Broseus" <rogerb at bronord.com> wrote:
> Is "Blender" a cross-platform vegetable chopper? Sort of an open
> source or FOSS version of a Cuisinart?
> Being curious about Blender, I Googled and perused
> and other blender pages and found no quick and concise statement of
> purpose (or "about" page) for this software - not an atypical
> situation. One is left to determine purpose by surmise - paging
> through different pages to see what the software is used for.
Although your email wasn't directed at me, I do feel compelled to
respond. First let me apologize for not including an explanation of
what Blender is in the email I'd sent. Using the software all the time,
I often make the mistake of assuming people know what I'm talking about
when I bring it up.
In response to your comments about naming, you do bring up a good
point. In general, free software developers and maintainers have a bevy
of unorthodox and potentially misleading names for this type of
application. I personally find the names charming and unique, but in
these cases, the websites definitely should put a more concerted effort
into defining/explaining what the program does.
In Blender's defence, though, I'd like to point out that the first
blurb of text on blender.org says "Blender is the free open source 3D
content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under
the GNU General Public License." Of course, had I put that address in
my initial email, things probably would have been much more clear.
Anyhow, my apologies for the somewhat long-winded response. I look
forward to meeting you at the talk and I promise to be much more clear
in person. :)
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