Alpha 6 freeze ahead

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Sat Mar 1 01:41:32 GMT 2008

Hello Ubuntu developers,

Our sixth and final alpha testing milestone for Hardy, Hardy Alpha 6, is
scheduled for next Thursday, March 6.  Hardy Alpha 6 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-6 can be found in a couple of different
places, according to your tastes:

This milestone is intended to be used for tracking bugs that must be fixed
in order for the alpha release to happen.  If you have doubts about whether
a bug should block the alpha, please err on the side of caution by using the
milestone for the bug so that the release team can review it.  Please also
consider helping with the bugs already listed there if you have the time.

At this point in the release cycle, it's increasingly important to look not
just at the bugs that are critical for the current milestone, but also those
which are critical for the upcoming hardy milestones or critical for the
release as a whole:

Please use your best judgement with regard to the alpha freeze when
uploading fixes for these bugs, but if you don't have any bugs milestoned
for alpha 6 that need your attention, it's definitely not too early to look
ahead to the next milestones.

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

Steve Langasek
On behalf of the Ubuntu release team


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