Don’t you just get this feeling that more and more software is going toward the free/source style.
I’ve worked with a lot of 3D packages, eg. Lightwave, 3DS Max, Bryce, Poser and so on. Blender seems to grab bits from all of them making it a bit of an all rounder.
I’ve used 3DS Max and Brazil, and the output is comaparable to some of the blender ones.
Sooner or later, along will come a better one.
Human nature is competitiveness.
Although, if you could design a program like Blender and not make a buck from it, would you be happy?
(I can’t believe I have a normal streak in me) 🙂
If it doesn’t work, jam a screwdriver in there and jiggle it about.