Quoting Cyril Brulebois (k...@debian.org): > 4) http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.video.blender.devel/19895 > > Patch to add support for system-wide FTGL. I kind of get flamed for > thinking about using something else than what blender provides. And > who cares about shared libraries anyway, they are dangerous. If you > want to have a good idea of what blender folks think about being > distributed, you want to read that thread.
That one shows the problem clearly enough. Blender folks are not interested in using system-wide libs *at all*. They apparently prefer using their own private (and buggy....Sam made the point very clear) version of a library, on the vague assumption that, as libraries change their API without warning, they're bad. I'm anything but a specialist in this area, but my understanding is that this is what sonames are about..:-). Anyway, in 2009, such reasoning is....awfully flawed. Just drop that blender thing and announce this loudly enough, preferrably by coordinating with other distro maintainers. That will eventually trigger a fork from people who have a more collaborative way of thinking. After all, to my understanding, this blender stuff is kinda widely used in 3D modelling, right?
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