hardy release freeze, coming soon to an archive near you

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Tue Apr 8 04:32:04 BST 2008

Dear developers,

With the release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS scheduled for a mere 2 1/2 weeks from
today, we are fast approaching the point at which we will freeze the archive
to limit the number of last-minute changes entering the release.  On
Thursday, April 10, the archive will be frozen, after which uploads to main
will require approval from the release team and should be done only for
changes which are critical for the release.

The list of release-critical bugs is tracked here:


Additional bugs that are considered "targets of opportunity" for the release
are found at:


If there are other bugs that you believe are important to fix before the
release which are not yet listed on the above pages, please get in touch
with me or another member of the release team.

Although uploads to main must be approved by the release team before they
are accepted, this does not mean that you need to get approval from the
release team prior to upload.  If you have a reasonable belief that the
upload will be accepted (for example, because it includes minimal changes
necessary to fix a release-targetted bug), you are encouraged to upload
directly, so that the package can be reviewed in the "unapproved" queue

For uploads to universe and multiverse, the MOTU Release Team has published
their guidelines for freeze exceptions here:


If you have any questions about this process, please follow up to the
ubuntu-devel mailing list.

Steve Langasek
On behalf of the Ubuntu release team

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