This topic has just been posted to devtalk.
Given that its importance, it is clear it also belongs here.

First off, apologies for the low rate of public updates on this topic.

This did not reflect the amount of internal discussion and development that’s gone into this subject both online as well as at the blender studio.

The outcome of the process so far is that we’ve decided is that Gitea is our platform-of-choice for moving to, away from Phabricator.

There are a fair number of reasons for this and a lot of them have been voiced in the previous thread here on devtalk, but the general consensus has also become clear in talks with people we’ve spoken to as well as what are desired long-term goals and achievements the blender-foundation wants to work towards.

In a lot of ways, having a fully open-source platform available to us is something that is seen as both important as well as beneficial to Blender on the shorter and longer term. And, also importantly, not just for us.

In the process of exploring options, the first steps have already been taken towards getting a Gitea setup up and running and contain meaningful data. More will be coming in the following weeks and I hope to be able to show something by the middle of next week to the wider community.

We’ve reached out to the Gitea developers regarding our wish to move towards their software and are looking forward to explore any possibilities that’d provide mutual benefit in the form of strengthening the goals of our communities; building the best open source solution out there for our users.

As for Blender, the ambition is to have a working, usable, implemented development-forge running in the course of October. This will not be easy but seems possible with what we’ve discovered through the work already performed.

As we work towards that goal, we want to also start producing more regular updates on where we stand and what our developer-community can expect. When are there opportunities to help test things, how to provide feedback (and about what), when will the exact switchover be and how will that happen, etc.

Expect more about this , soon, as this gets dialed in. Devtalk will be part of it, for sure.

(ps: bf-committers, too)

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