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Facebook are now funding the open source 3D creation suite Blender

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In a move that's sure to raise a few eyebrows, the Blender Foundation has announced that Facebook has joined the Blender Development Fund.

Facebook are joining as a Corporate Patron, meaning they will be supplying Blender with at least €120K/year or more. It's not a small sum but for the likes of Facebook, it's likely still money they found down the back of a sofa. Ton Roosendaal, Chairman of the Blender Foundation mentions, "We at Blender see this as another important signal of the industry’s willingness to migrate to open source, and contribute to open source’s continual improvement.".

This money will go towards funding Blender developers to improve this excellent open source 3D creation suite. It does mean at this level that Facebook will be a bit more involved, as Corporate Membership gives companies the option to monitor what gets funded with their monies and access to speak to the Blender team directly.

Lots of companies are doing this now including NVIDIA, AMD, Unity and Epic Games at this same level. At lower levels you also have the likes of Microsoft, Ubisoft, Intel and more. Checking in on the Blender funding page, they're now hitting €116,507 a month but it's not clear if the Facebook monies has been added to it yet.

Learn more about Blender on their website. Free, open source, used by game developers, film creators and more.

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Kimyrielle 20 Nov
Quoting: Arehandoro
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Quoting: dpanterBlender good.
Money good.
Facebook... pure evil.

Money is money, though. No matter where it's from. ;)

I guess money from slavery or child abuse doesn't matter where it comes from... ;)

I dislike Facebook with passion too, but throwing them in the same pot with the above is a little extreme.
mirv 20 Nov
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People go nuts with the conspiracy theories here.

This is just a company sponsoring to have work done that benefits them. Like, say, Valve do. This is actually an excellent example of how open source can be funded. This is how it's supposed to work.
Dedale 21 Nov
116 k€ a month is not that much. It really depends on where the programmers are living.

Here: https://fund.blender.org/about/

I read this which i do not understand very well.

Quote25K Euro/month: 5 full-time developers.
50K Euro/month: 10 full-time developers.
100K Euro/month: 20 full-time developers.
Arehandoro 21 Nov
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: dpanterBlender good.
Money good.
Facebook... pure evil.

Money is money, though. No matter where it's from. ;)

I guess money from slavery or child abuse doesn't matter where it comes from... ;)

I dislike Facebook with passion too, but throwing them in the same pot with the above is a little extreme.

It was an exaggeration to express that money does matter where it comes from :)
Arehandoro 21 Nov
Quoting: Dedale116 k€ a month is not that much. It really depends on where the programmers are living.

Here: https://fund.blender.org/about/

I read this which i do not understand very well.

Quote25K Euro/month: 5 full-time developers.
50K Euro/month: 10 full-time developers.
100K Euro/month: 20 full-time developers.

A €5K/month salary is a lot of money in any European country. In some more than others, but still a lot of money. Hell, I would say that it would be a lot of money even for any country.
mirv 21 Nov
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Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: Dedale116 k€ a month is not that much. It really depends on where the programmers are living.

Here: https://fund.blender.org/about/

I read this which i do not understand very well.

Quote25K Euro/month: 5 full-time developers.
50K Euro/month: 10 full-time developers.
100K Euro/month: 20 full-time developers.

A €5K/month salary is a lot of money in any European country. In some more than others, but still a lot of money. Hell, I would say that it would be a lot of money even for any country.

To be fair, by the time taxes are taken out, pensions funds, middleman costs, etc, the developer might see closer to 2.5k or so, which is still a reasonable amount for a competent software engineer.
If people are employed as contractors, they'll get a bit more than that, but won't have some of the benefits (e.g pension contributions) or job security. I would expect most are employed in that fashion.
Dedale 21 Nov
Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: Dedale116 k€ a month is not that much. It really depends on where the programmers are living.

Here: https://fund.blender.org/about/

I read this which i do not understand very well.

Quote25K Euro/month: 5 full-time developers.
50K Euro/month: 10 full-time developers.
100K Euro/month: 20 full-time developers.

A €5K/month salary is a lot of money in any European country. In some more than others, but still a lot of money. Hell, I would say that it would be a lot of money even for any country.

Taking taxes in account ? Not at all.(EDIT, at least in Western Europe) And they may have devs in the U.S.A.

Second edit: doing a rough calculation not taking in account the taxes specific to a sector, overhead, work medicine, etc. You would have an income of less than 2360 € in Belgium. But we are the kings of the taxes here. Salary of a relatively junior computer scientist, your employee would leave after a few years if he or she couldn't go beyond that. And you don't get a fancy life here with that kind of money.


Last edited by Dedale on 21 November 2020 at 1:59 pm UTC
Arehandoro 21 Nov
I was actually thinking those were tax-free -Blender Foundation is a non-profit, so thought it might have certain benefits when it comes to pay employees- or after taxes already. However, 2.5K is a good salary, but still well below the average for developers (At least in the UK).
randyl 21 Nov
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Quoting: Alm888
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: dpanterBlender good.
Money good.
Facebook... pure evil.

Money is money, though. No matter where it's from. ;)

Famous last words of "Nokia" and many other companies striking a deal with Microsoft®
Nokia didn't have to sell out. Key words there, sell out. Their Windows Phone was a great phone, and very innovative for the time and was crushed out of existence by Google and Apple. Microsoft got pushed out of the competition and left a losing battle, much like the Firefox Phone and how Pinephone will end up. Nokia is still making phones. I'm not seeing your point at all.


Last edited by randyl on 21 November 2020 at 6:21 pm UTC
CyberRat 22 Nov
Bye bye Blender.
Removed from all my machines.
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