Alpha 3 freeze ahead

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Mon Jan 12 09:22:27 GMT 2009

Dear Ubuntu developers,

The third Jaunty alpha release is planned for this Thursday, January 15.

But don't let that deter you if you have something great and immodest that
you're planning to dazzle us with this week!

Jaunty Alpha 3 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

The "list" of bugs targeted for alpha-3 can be found at:

Per the policy described at <>, this
list is used for tracking bugs that are blockers for the alpha 3 milestone -
so as you can see, the list is currently quite short.  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 team[2].

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 3, we have those
bugs that are listed as release-critical for jaunty 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 bugs, using your best
judgement with regard to the alpha freeze when uploading fixes.

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

Finally, if you know of new features in Jaunty that you think should be
highlighted for Alpha 3, 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


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