[Bf-committers] Windows platform things to do before 2.73

Thomas Dinges blender at dingto.org
Tue Nov 25 15:32:33 CET 2014

Hi Martijn,

- I am fine with the OpenGL error / warning, that is a good idea and 
hopefully saves us some "Blender does not run" reports.

- Getting rid of the launcher is a good idea, but I don't think we 
should set a global environment variable.
The shortcut idea might be the best, even though there is no guarantee 
that the user actually starts Blender via that.


Am 25.11.2014 um 14:49 schrieb Martijn Berger:
> Hi everyone,
> I would like to propose
> - actually checking the OpenGL context when starting up blender.
>     - fatal error when less then the required OpenGL 1.4 is found.
>     - warning when less then OpenGL 2.1 is found (Nvidia  NV30 released in
> 2003)
>       There are some technical issue with giving the fatal error as it might
> be best to use an OS dependent dialog box explaining that blender cannot
> run on windows at least.
>       Mac OS X is unaffected as all versions we support guarantee at least
> this capability.
>       On windows at least this would make sure the bugs reported by people
> using GDI driven OpenGL 1.1 will not happen. Also it would get our users
> who still use blender on an pentium 3 with windows XP the ability to adjust
> to the fact that it might not always continue to work with the latest and
> greatest.
> - getting rid of the launcher.
>    On windows we have a binary launcher that exists only to set an OPENMP
> related environment variable.
>    I would like to get rid of this again in favour of setting it in the
> short-cut or setting the variable globally during install.
>    Also we could and should check for this in the "System Info".
> Both of these issues touch on the issue of giving the user feedback about
> his or her system configuration / hardware / settings and how they might
> negatively impact blenders performance. I would like feedback on how to
> handle these.
> Martijn
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