GIMP, Inkscape and Blender are the three great references of free software design and are also the three favorite design tools in the world of GNU / Linux, each one of them is the one that seeks to stand up to its owner counterpart and all seek to compete face to face with their opponent.
GIMP is the competitorno clone, please, not a clone) de Photoshop; has brought out its most recent update and has managed to repair many of its shortcomings, promising not only a faster and smoother development cycle but also great improvements in the integration with the graphics processing hardware and color spectrum and has shown that in its version 2.8 came loaded and ready to be used more intensively; not to mention that it is a sample of what is coming for future versions.
Inkscape, the one who stands up to Adobe Illustrator, It has been in its 0.48.3.1 version for a while but the truth is that it is not bad at all and it has an enviable extensibility, although there is not much news about this software, its development continues, only in silence, but constant and they are already on track to its version 0.49, which comes just after the last release of its stable version, 0.48.4 (in current development along with 0.49)… According to their roadmaps, they have almost finished polishing the entire 0.48 version and have a good part of the advanced 0.49 version and the news can be seen here!. One of the biggest advantages that Inkscape owns is that it handles a standard format of the W3C, the format SVG, so sharing works in that format is much easier, or at least that is what several designers who used in an office have told me Inkscape e Illustration, both using format SVG.
Blender, a recognized and very powerful 3D modeling and animation software. Direct competition from monsters like Autodesk Maya. Talking about it is too much, since its development is constant and very active, and it has a huge community of users, including its own foundation; The blender foundation… simply one of the jewels of free software along with LibreOffice, KDE, GnomeEtc. ...
Well, now going directly into the subject, I have been arguing for several days (in a civilized way) a strange idea that arises in the middle of a typical war between two designer friends of mine, one uses GIMP e Inkscape to make web templates and advertisements, etc ... while the other is dedicated to printed design and is the typical designer fan of Apple + Adobe (without desire to insult). The question arises around Blender, a midpoint where both accept that they prefer to use Blender for the abilities to learn much more thoroughly than with things like Maya (basic courses cost 5 thousand dollars according to them) and for the great admiration of the foundation Blender for getting involved in projects like Sintel, which demonstrate the power and capabilities of your software.
After talking for a while and listening to them discuss why this or that, things that I do not intend to reflect here, the strange idea of «What if by chance GIMP, Inkscape y Blender, the three core developer teams and their respective communities, come together in a single foundation?»We were all thoughtful for a moment ... damn, a possibility like that had never crossed my mind, and from then on we started to guess as if we were the ones to decide if that really will happen ... well, the idea is not badly raised and I would love to raise it with you.
Table of Contents
- 1 A design foundation with free software ... nothing crazy or that interferes with the development of any tool
- 2 By existing all under a free ecosystem and by making a foundation, they could take the concepts of the Blender Foundation and self-finance
- 3 It's easier to get sponsorship
- 4 The strength is in the joining
A design foundation with free software ... nothing crazy or that interferes with the development of any tool
It was the first thing we tried, that getting together would not have to alter the development of any tool; each one could make their own decisions and that the purpose of such a foundation would be to unite communities and get mutual support at a technical level between each project. Just something like helping out if necessary.
By existing all under a free ecosystem and by making a foundation, they could take the concepts of the Blender Foundation and self-finance
It's not unreasonable Blender it is self-financed directly with these types of activities; sell the DVD's of Sintel and other projects alongside that the graphics and tools kit (free) necessary to unravel everything that was done to achieve the short film, simply spectacular; so… Why not do the same but with all the tools? each community would have something to contribute to a particular project and in the end, all end up benefiting.
Likewise, all of them can calmly make their own productions or events, and sell that type of material, not to get rich but to teach and support themselves, it sounds fair that they earn money for their efforts and that they can also be financed beyond donations.
It's easier to get sponsorship
Under a simple premise we came to agree that these three together can convince many of being an option to take into account and for example, if GIMP was able to obtain sponsorship from AMDImagine that these three come together to work and create interesting projects to demonstrate what they have and can do… it is simply a very attractive possibility.
The strength is in the joining
And it is so, many say that the arrival of Adobe a Linux would be the only thing missing GNU / Linux to be perfect, much more after Valve make his arrival official at Linux... well no, I don't support Adobe en Linux, not because it is poor quality software but because we already have mature and competent candidates who just need a stronger push (less to Blender that has already achieved a lot by itself) ...
In the long run it is just an idea, an idea that I would love to discuss with more people who know the subject or not and to see their opinions; And why not? Also, if it all comes down to something more concrete, present it to the team members of each tool.
I will leave a topic in the forum to be able to discuss the topic much more fluently and, although I leave the comments open, I hope you take better the forum route, which is better for discussions that lend themselves to much longer and more complex answers ... make use of from him, please 😉
Discussion in the forum here!.