Feature Freeze in place; Alpha 3 freeze ahead

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Thu Feb 18 10:46:03 GMT 2010

Hello Ubuntu developers,

The Feature Freeze is now in effect for Lucid.  The focus from here until
release is on fixing bugs and polishing.

If you 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 Lucid are updated
to their current status (which should be at least Beta Available if
not Deferred, or unless granted a freeze exception).


Our next testing milestone, Lucid Alpha 3, is scheduled for Thursday,
February 25.  Lucid Alpha 3 will 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 <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RCBugTargetting>, this
list is used for tracking bugs that are blockers for the alpha 3 milestone.
If you know of other bugs that should be considered blockers, please target
them to the 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 the bugs that are blockers for Alpha 3, we have those bugs that are
listed as release-critical for Lucid 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 Lucid 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

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

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