If the pre-ordering campaign is very successful, the foundation could hire additional blender devs (Jahka?Farsthary?etc. (nothing official at the moment, these are only ideas from a blender community member, not the ones from somebody who has talked with the foundation)) for this very ambitious project (advanced VFX and rendering methods in blender)
Other very good news, the great Daniel Genrich just committed his additions in the 2.5 repository (beware: the volumetric render from Matt Ebb and Farsthary (sim_physics branch) is still not merged in the 2.5 branch, so “only” smoke simulations and UI preview at the moment). So just go on graphicall and grab a build with a revision number above 22059.
I sent two months ago a DVD with the blender 2.5 branch source code to Farsthary (more than 100 Mb, impossible for him to download), and he received it 2 weeks ago, now I will send him a patch (less than 1 Mb after compression) so that he can stay updated despite the very poor bandwidth in the cyber coffees. If you want to ease his life, you can consider sending him sms (you can buy pre-paid pack through paypal to send them like email) to give him some information about the progress here as he can hardly go to the cyber coffee (very expensive over there). You can also send him CDs/DVDs with open source ressources, recent linux distros, trials version of CG applications (for comparative analysis), SIGGRAPH 2009 papers. (small donations are still useful to cover some expenses).
This way, he will “thinker” the source code from Daniel and Niels, and try to adapt his fire simulator. More importantly, he will get familiar with the 2.5 architecture (pedagogical value).
Congratulation to all the people who have supported the blender projects mentionned in the previous post: Joseph has now better conditions to finish his project. For people who would like to support the Durian project but cannot afford to buy a DVD, I would advice to make instead a small donation to Jahka (indirect support, cf. last paragraph), as this guy is a long-term contributor to the blender source code and has so far not attracted a lot of donator because of the similtaneous needs of Daniel and Joseph.
He is very generous (as previously said, blender powerful hair/fur/particle system is mostly his baby (after about a two year coding pregnancy) and he hasn’t earned money before from his coding (no Google summer of Code)). His tasks are very ambitious (see the right column on his site) and are very useful for the Durian project, so you can still consider a small donation to him for his everyday life.
a friend of Farsthary