[Bf-committers] Blender developers meeting notes - November 22. 2015

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Sun Nov 22 16:56:27 CET 2015

Hi all,

Here are the notes from today's meeting in irc.freenode.net #blendercoders

1) Blender 2.77 targets

- Meeting agrees on Mike Erwin's proposal to upgrade Blender to OpenGL 2.1 minimal.

This is an OpenGL release from 2006 and widely in use nowadays. 
Benefits are: having cleaner code (less exception handling), getting ready for more OpenGL
upgrades, and allowing to default use newer and much faster OpenGL methods.

Blender 2.77 will get a function to notify users if their system is not
supporting OpenGL 2.1.

For hardware it means:

* NVidia Geforce FX, Geforce 6xxxx and newer (released in 2003)
* AMD Radeon R600+, Radeon HD, and newer (released in 2006)
* Intel HD graphics or newer (released in 2010), some older cards
  might still work on OS X and Linux

- Blender Institute will make systems available for devs to test remotely.

- Work will happen in git master - for as much as possible. 
  The bigger commits will be reviewed first on developer.blender.org

- Mike Erwin will be in the lead for this project, a lot of people offered help to be standby. 
Main coordination will be here and in our IRC channel.

2) Other projects

- Julian Eisel proposed to add an official 2.8 branch with C99 support. 
Meeting agreed on moving to C99 for master instead. Brecht van Lommel will make a patch for review.

- Meeting agrees to not make official 2.8 branch(es) until we're done with the OpenGL migration,
and until we have a clear plan for what will happen in the branch(es) and who will work on it.



Ton Roosendaal  -  ton at blender.org   -   www.blender.org
Chairman Blender Foundation - Producer Blender Institute
Entrepotdok 57A  -  1018AD Amsterdam  -  The Netherlands

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