If you remember back in April iZ3D has announced their open source project with the ultimate goal to release the source code of their iZ3D Driver to the open source community and allow the users to keep developing and improving it. This has happened after quite some time with no new updates being released for the iZ3D driver and this announcement also confirmed the suspicion that the company is no longer developing the driver. But in order to release the source code of the iZ3D Driver as an open source product the company has set a very high goal – to reach $800,000 USD in less than three months from user contributions with users being able to contribute only $150 USD to the iZ3D Driver Open Source Project.
But what is the situation today, on June 30th, the deadline for reaching the $800K USD goal, apparently iZ3D is still very far from what they’ve anticipated. I was very skeptical about reaching that goal with the terms that iZ3D has set even when they’ve announced the initiative to go open source. Allowing smaller contributions from users is a must and using a trusted crowd funding service like Kickstarter could’ve greatly helped move things forward for the initiative, and apparently iZ3D has also reached to a similar conclusion (though apparently Kickstarter has rejected the project when it was submitted there at a later time). So iZ3D started accepting from as less as $5 USD through PayPal up to $150 in contributions from users willing to see the iZ3D Driver released as an open source project under GPL license. The only problem is that there is no time left, unless iZ3D extends the time-frame they have initially announced and we have absolutely no information on what is the current amount of contributions so far and how much is left. So hopefully tomorrow we are going to have some more information regarding the future of the iZ3D Driver and will it’s source code be made available to the open source community or not…
Update: Apparently iZ3D has dropped the Open Source Project idea due to low user interest according to them, so everyone contributing to the project will get a refund, here is what they said:
In 2011 and 2012, more than a quarter million of the free and fee based iZ3D drivers were downloaded by the iZ3D user community. However, only a very small fraction of the community members showed interest into the conversion to Open Source by contributing to the project funding. Unfortunately the contributions were insufficient to convert the iZ3D driver software/middleware to Open Source status. Therefore we decided to refund the contributions to the contributors with many thanks. Considering the company’s financial status, we will now have to search for alternative measures to support the iZ3D software for the 3D gaming community. Again many thanks to the contributors for the expressed interest and for the contributions. We will issue the refunds to your original payment account prior to July 4, 2012.