[Bf-committers] Weekly Blender developer meeting notes, 14 August 2016

Jeffrey italic.rendezvous at gmail.com
Sun Aug 14 20:12:52 CEST 2016

Hi Ton. What if 2.79 wasn't aligned with the regular release schedule
and instead delayed until all GSOC projects are ready? Of course that
opens the possibility for release to be constantly delayed for "the next
big feature," which is of course the reason for the cycle in the first
place, but what about limiting big new features to the GSOC projects and
some other open projects?

On 08/14/2016 09:44 AM, Ton Roosendaal wrote:
> Hi all,
> Here are the notes from today's 14 UTC meeting in irc.freenode.net #blendercoders.
> 1) 2.78 release
> - Projects and planning overview:
> https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Doc/Projects
> - Call: we need another OS X platform maintainer, to help building releases.
> The main issue is to have someone who can sign the binaries (using Foundation 
> account) and to do basic minimal tests with the binary before releasing it.
> - Everyone: check on if the logs are complete?
> https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Ref/Release_Notes/2.78
> - The 2D stabilization patch is nearly ready, we give it two more days to get
> in master. That means that the testbuild "Ahoy" will be done Tuesday again.
> - Joshua Leung proposes to add another Screen layout in the default Blender 
> startup .blend, for Grease Pencil users. Meeting is OK, but it should be done
> by a Linux user, and very carefully to prevent it gets polluted by personal
> startup settings. Undefined yet who will help with it.
> 2) Other projects and 2.8 project
> - Bastien Montagne reports he worked on previews for the new asset engine.
> - Ton reports: Clement Foucault (PBR branch) is very happy to align his work well 
> with what 2.8 viewport is going to be, and will be in close contact with Mike Erwin.
> - Lukas asks for feedback on his Node system proposal:
> https://download.blender.org/institute/nodes-design/
> Not many people read it yet. Ton suggests to have a meeting about this in Blender
> Institute instead, and invite Bastien and Mike Erwin as well. Invitations/planning
> will follow.
> - Antonio Vazquez (Grease Pencil) would like to know if a 2.79 would happen, and what
> the policy is for (bigger) new projects. Meeting confirms we should put all efforts
> on getting the 2.8 project started up instead. New features go to 2.8.
> A 2.79 release is well possible though, for ongoing current development and for some
> of the Google Summer of Code projects.
> 3) Google Summer of Code
> - A couple of students are almost done and checked on whether the work would go to
> current git master (potential 2.79) or to 2.8 for later. At least for the Cycles projects
> and the UV project we should aim for adding it in the 2.7x code base.
> - Tomorrow is 'soft pencils down'. In 9 days is the final deadline.
> All students are being reminded to make sure their presentations are update and inviting
> for users and developers to check on their work. Talk to mentors if in doubt.
> Thanks,
> -Ton-
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> Ton Roosendaal  -  ton at blender.org   -   www.blender.org
> Chairman Blender Foundation, Producer Blender Institute
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Jeffrey "Italic_" Hoover

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