clipka <ano### [at] anonymousorg> wrote:
> Kind of, I guess (I've never used it myself, due to a lack of a Mac ;-))
> -- but there's a command-line only version for MacOS.
> The lack of a command-line only version for Windows is a legacy of acts
> of software piracy, where companies would use POV-Ray as the rendering
> engine in their products without so much as giving any credits, let
> alone informing their users that they could get the render engine for
> free. As a consequence, the copyright owners of POV-Ray had at some time
> decided to effectively forbid the distribution of any POV-Ray version
> for Windows that could run silently in the background.
> The POV-Ray 3.7.0 release proper is the first version of POV-Ray to
> which this restriction no longer applies (as it is released under the
> AGPL, rather than the proprietary open source license of earlier
> versions). So any inclined contributor could now go ahead and develop a
> Windows command-line variant of POV-Ray 3.7.
> Priorities and manpower of the dev team is currently somewhere else
> though, so don't hold your breath for this feature to suddenly appear
> out of thin air by magic.
Thanks for a detailed explanation!
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