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Interview with Ton in Linux User & Developer Magazine


ludm.jpgThis month's edition of the British Linux User & Developer Magazine features a six-page interview with Ton Roosendaal.

The article begins with a wonderfully detailed description Ton's history in the 3D industry, the rise and fall of Not a Number and the process of open sourcing Blender. He then goes into more detail about a possible 'Orange2' project:

Open Movie project, which like the first one will be a temporary project in a studio for half a year, or there's a possibility it will become permanent. An open studio where artists and developers can come over to work on independent cinema, using open and free software. The Mozilla style of corporation could work well for computer graphics, especially because there is a big community of developers, but most importantly because developers could come over for just two weeks or a couple of months to work together on specific areas. They won't be able to give up their jobs or their lives, but they might be available for a short period. Even though the internet is great, and software developers love to work via the internet because they don't get disturbed, meeting in person is always much better.

I talked to Linux User & Developer Magazine's editor Daniel and though he could not give us the PDFs now (as the magazine is still in the shops), he might be able to give us the full text of the interview next month. We'll keep you posted!

If you don't want to wait or if you want to support a cool magazine, you can purchase this edition online for £2,99 ($5.90/€4.50).

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I am happy Ton is still toying with the idea of continuing the open movie projects.

    Looking forward to any open movie project that push blender to it's knees asking for 'more power' and the developers just have to give it what it wants.

  2. No matter if Ton is not a symbol... he is an hero, and that's enough !o)

    Well,It's always interesting to read about the genesis and life of Blender, but I can't buy on the net, so I'll wait for the Pdf release !

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