Karmic Alpha 6 freeze ahead

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Sun Sep 13 08:27:35 BST 2009

Hello Ubuntu developers,

Our sixth and final alpha testing milestone for Karmic, Karmic Alpha 6,
is scheduled for this coming Thursday, September 17.  Karmic 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 at:


Per the policy described at <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RCBugTargetting>, this
list is used for tracking bugs that are blockers for the alpha 6 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 team[2].

And of course, 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 Karmic 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.

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 Karmic that you think should be
highlighted for Alpha 6, 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://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-release/+members

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