[Bf-committers] Aligning with the vfx reference platform in 2020

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Fri Jan 10 18:03:52 CET 2020

Hi everyone,

Blender has always been an early adopter of new libraries. We moved to 
Python 3 ten years ago already. Unfortunately that made Blender 
incompatible with the Python 2.7 infrastructure in many studios. But the 
industry is catching up! Python 3.7 is now the reference standard.

To give studios enough time and confidence to check out on Blender, I 
propose to respect the VFX Platform versions for the entire year of 
2020. That implies we will be very conservative with upgrading 
libraries, for example Python will stick to 3.7 this year for official 

I've checked it with the core team and administrators, and they're OK - 
provided this won't hold back essential improvements for our users.

Check the reference platform here:


Ton Roosendaal - ton at blender.org - www.blender.org
Chairman Blender Foundation, Director Blender Institute
Buikslotermeerplein 161, 1025 ET Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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