Maverick Alpha 1 freeze ahead

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at
Mon May 31 07:07:41 BST 2010

Hello fellow Ubuntu developers,

the Meerkat wants to stick its head out to the world the first time!  We
haven't really started landing new features from ourselves yet, but the first
milestone is important for testing the new kernel on a variety of hardware, as
well as the result of the autosyncs from Debian and first wave of merges and
package updates.

Alpha milestones in Ubuntu use a "soft freeze" for main[1], which 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-1 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 (and is in fact empty right now).
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 team[2].

Beyond that short list of bugs that are blockers for Alpha 1, we have those
bugs that are listed as release-critical for Maverick 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

There's also plenty that can be done to help packages that aren't included
on the CDs: shows over 300 package
merges still outstanding in main for maverick, and shows close to 400.

Finally, if you know of new features in Maverick that you think should be
highlighted for Alpha 1, let a member of the release team know so that they
can be added to the technical overview at

Thank you,

Martin Pitt
On behalf of the Ubuntu release team

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