Recently, a small software company announced that they will be releasing their 3D modeling app as an open source project and turning it over to the community because the company is no longer able to develop it. Am I talking about Blender? Nope, not this time. Moray, a shareware 3D modeler for Windows that supports POV-Ray 3.5 was recently acquired by Persistence of Vision Raytracer Pty. Ltd (the makers of POV-Ray) from SoftTroncs (the makers of Moray). Persistence of Vision has announced their intentions to release the whole project under an OSI-approved open source license.
This could of course mean a lot of great things for the modeler, including ports to *nix platforms and the integration of better modeling and texturing tools by leveraging the development power of the open source community and the funding of tech giants like Google. At this time, no release date for the open source version of Moray has been announced.