Merges, please; Alpha 2 freeze ahead

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Fri Jun 5 23:04:27 BST 2009

Dear Ubuntu developers,

From <>, we've been making some progress
on merges from Debian for the karmic cycle, but there's still quite a large
"needs merge" gap remaining.  This is understandable since the volume of
Debian uploads is up now that Debian 5.0 is out, but all the same we want to
get this down as much as possible for karmic.  So if you have some time,
please pitch in to help us get through these merges before FeatureFreeze.

... But please don't upload them next week!  Because the second Karmic
alpha release is planned for next Thursday, June 11.

We will continue to use a "soft freeze" for main for the Karmic Alpha
milestones[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-2 can be found at:

Per the policy described at <>, this
list is used for tracking bugs that are blockers for the alpha 1 milestone -
so as you can see, the list will be quite short.  If you know of 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

Beyond that short list of bugs that are blockers for Alpha 2, we have those
bugs that are listed as release-critical for karmic 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 Karmic that you think should be
highlighted for Alpha 2, let a 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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