[Bf-committers] Roadmap 2.5 proposal

William Reynish billrey at me.com
Sat Sep 19 16:07:53 CEST 2009

Hi Ton,

I think this sounds like a good plan, but at the same time it's  
important that we make it clear that 2.50 is not a production ready  
release. It's good to get wider testing, but it's also dangerous to  
promote 2.50 as being stable and complete if it isn't. It sounds like  
2.50 is intended to be a sort of beta release (feature complete but  
buggy), which is fine, but we should makes the clear to users.



On 19 Sep, 2009, at 3:42 PM, Ton Roosendaal wrote:

> Hi all,
> A rough big picture for the next 11 months I've put in this schedule:
> http://www.blender.org/bf/2009-planning.png
> Some notes to understand the basics behind the proposed schedule:
> Durian lasts either 6.5 or 9 months... we only know this early
> november. It means that some of our film development targets can shift
> a bit.
> I've split the development targets basically in these steps:
> 2.5 0: Get back at least what worked in 2.4x
>        (with clear exceptions, like py im/export scripts)
> 2.5 1: Wrap up what's minimal required for 2.5
>        (Make a feasible pick of all things we need now, and what to do
> later.)
> This then should be the (first) version usable for docs or books.
> All of the other new development projects (bmesh, render, etc) move to
> after this deadline, which we define in three intermediate release
> steps, for example:
> 2.5 2: BMesh, modeling projects
> 2.5 3: Animation features
> 2.5 4: Render/composite features
> Which (not coincidentally!) aligns with the durian project anyway. To
> celebrate a succesful Durian film we can then move to a 2.6 version in
> the summer after, which also should wrap up and complete all 2.5
> projects and expectations.
> I also propose to officially make this a "2.5 series" of releases, and
> work towards a 2.6 version with release codes 2.5.0, 2.5.1 etc. Not
> very important... but probably communicates better.
> Finally I propose to accept we do more releases this year... whatever
> we name them, 'test binaries' or 'upgrades' or 'candidates'. Making
> more official builds will help us a lot.
> This schedule is nice topic for discussion here, online and in the
> meeting tomorrow. Will then summarize all feedback in an updated
> schedule!
> I'll also then like to know all the other developer targets and
> predictions... like for the game engine, dynamics, video, sound, etc
> etc.
> Thanks,
> -Ton-
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