I created a character in windows os. My college is trying to open that very same file in ubuntu but blender keeps crashing. Anybody knows why!? I thought Blender files were compatible across platforms…

We are both using Blender 2.82


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    $\begingroup$ Hi peat. Blender files are supposed to be compatible across platforms. However, Blender 2.82 is still in Alpha! So two things may have happened: 1) you encountered a bug in an alpha version, which is to be expected ("They can be unstable and mess up your files"); or 2) you don't have the exact same version: check the git hash that appears in the splash screen $\endgroup$
    – Nicola Sap
    Dec 18, 2019 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ You are right, they are different version: windows: 502f01cc47ab Linux: e0cd5b980fc5 I had everything automatically packed into .blend, etc, etc but didn't realize about the different versions (just saw that both were 2.82 and thought that was enough). I've got a character rigged and ready to use. I need to use ubuntu. What would be the best option!? At this point I can only see myself doing everything from scratch in ubuntu. Is there any other options!? $\endgroup$
    – peat
    Dec 18, 2019 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know honestly, it's trial and error from here. Unless you receive better answers, I'd start by trying: 1) opening the file on Ubuntu with 2.81. If it opens correctly, save it: you're now on a stable track. If it fails, 2) in Blender 2.81, in a empty file, append the scene or the object from your file. If it fails 3) open your b2.82, select and copy the object; open Blender 2.81 and paste it. In any case, your goal is to bring everything back to a stable version. $\endgroup$
    – Nicola Sap
    Dec 18, 2019 at 13:19
  • $\begingroup$ If you're having compatibility issues and loading the files crashes Blender, please report this on the bug tracker with the affected Blender version (in this case the Ubuntu version) and the .blend file that causes issues. The bug reporting can be started from Blender through Help > Report a Bug or by clicking here. $\endgroup$
    – Robert Gützkow
    Dec 18, 2019 at 14:07
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    $\begingroup$ @peat Sounds like an issue with your graphics driver or hardware not meeting the minimum requirements for Blender 2.8x. Please update you graphics driver and check if your the minimum requirements are fulfilled (especially the GPU requirements). $\endgroup$
    – Robert Gützkow
    Dec 18, 2019 at 19:52


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