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Blender's Development Website Moves From Phabricator to Gitea: Part 1

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A few months back, we reported that the Blender project was asking for the community's feedback on which platform to move developers.blender.org to: The development hub's current software, Phabricator, has been discontinued a year back, and the decision was made to migrate Blender's online development manager. Arnd Marijnissen, the developer leading this migration, has written a post on the Blender Developers Blog describing the thought and practical processes behind the move to what has now been revealed as the winner: Gitea.

The article first outlines the reasoning behind the choice: Gitea fits with Blender's mission of being a leading voice in Open Source advocacy, allowing it to independently host FLOSS infrastructure, and contribute to its development and visibility. The Gitea project is also very active and well-maintained and promises to offer a well-needed refresh to Blender's development forge.

The second part goes into the practicalities of the migration, with the first step being an attempt to migrate phabricator data into Gitea as a test for the interoperability of the current development repository and paradigms. Arnd goes into interesting detail when it comes to the main challenges faced at this stage, so I highly recommend checking out the full post on the link below and dropping in a comment of encouragement for this gargantuan task ahead!

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Mario Hawat is a Lebanese 3D artist, writer, and musician currently based in Paris. He is a generalist with a special focus on environments, procedural and generative artworks. Open to freelance work.

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