Originally Posted by CHRiTTeR
But really giving out free software isnt good for the economy. You complain about job cuts and sudios closing doors but this is exacly what wil happen at autodesk and other software companies if everyone jumps ship towards free software and that also isnt good for us in the long run.
It is great for the "economy" as its competition. It also means higher levels of accessibility, which in turn creates demand. More users learn 3d, more demand for 3d products. It drives new industries like 3d printers, freelance work, advertising..ect
Honestly I dont give a crap what happens to Autodesk. Look at what they have done to the cg scene over the years and trying to control the professional market. They need to lose some revenue. Last I heard only about a small piece of over all profits from their software actually goes into R&D...with the rest going into the corporate pockets and those that run the corporation. It tells me their priorities are not on improving the software but milking a cow and keeping it milked.
I still use AD products for job reasons, and I actually love a few of them, but I'll be at the forefront encouraging others to drop AD like a bad habit until they start getting their act together. It's time for some change in CG application superiority.
Finally, CG apps are rarely used on their own. Blender makes a great companion application and I dont think it will result in other apps dying. The software foundation that promotes open source software says its not free as in free beer, but free as in freedom and we need a lot more of that in the coming days.