Feature Freeze in place; Alpha 5 freeze ahead

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Fri Aug 29 08:22:17 BST 2008

Hello Ubuntu developers,

The Feature Freeze is now in effect for Intrepid.  From now until release,
the focus is on polishing and bug fixing.

If you do believe that a new package, a new upstream version of a package,
or a new feature is needed for the release and will not introduce more
problems than it fixes, please follow the Freeze Exception Process by filing
bugs and subscribing ubuntu-release or motu-release as appropriate.


Please also make sure that specs assigned to you for Intrepid are updated
to their current status (which should be at least Beta Available if
not Deferred, or unless granted freeze exception).


Our next testing milestone, Intrepid Alpha 5, is scheduled for next
Thursday, September 4.  Intrepid Alpha 5 will again use a "soft freeze" for
main[1].  This means that developers are asked to refrain from uploading
packages between Tuesday and Thursday which don't bring us closer to
releasing the alpha, so that these days can be used for settling the archive
and fixing any remaining showstoppers.

The list of bugs targeted for alpha-5 can be found at:


Per a previous announcement on this list[2] and the policy at
<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RCBugTargetting>, this list is used for tracking
bugs that are blockers for the alpha 5 milestone.  If you know of other bugs
that should be considered blockers, please nominate them for release and set
the milestone target for those bugs.  If you have questions about whether a
bug should be considered a blocker, please contact a member of the release

And of course, please also consider helping with the bugs already listed
there if you have the time.

Beyond that short list of bugs that are blockers for Alpha 5, we have those
bugs that are listed as release-critical for intrepid as a whole:


If you aren't among the small group of people who have milestoned bugs
assigned to you, please consider helping with those release-targeted bugs,
using your best judgement with regard to the alpha freeze when uploading

Please also help us to get the archive in a consistent state again for the
alpha, as described on

Finally, if you know of new features in Intrepid that you think should be
highlighted for Alpha 5, let me or another member of the release team know
so that they can be added to the technical overview at

Steve Langasek
On behalf of the Ubuntu release team

[1] https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2008-January/000363.html
[2] https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2008-June/000442.html
[3] https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-release/+members

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