Lucid Release Schedule

Robbie Williamson robbie at ubuntu.com
Mon Nov 2 01:41:41 GMT 2009


On Sun, 2009-11-01 at 22:19 +0000, Matthew East wrote: 
> On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 9:29 PM, Robbie Williamson <robbie at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > You are absolutely correct :), and I've tried to correct these errors.
> > Please review and let me know if things are better.
> 
> Thanks Robbie - that looks better from a documentation team point of view.
> 
> A couple of quick minor comments on a quick read of the schedule:
> 
> 1. I'd say that the artwork deadlines are wrong. Currently the final
> artwork deadline comes after the DocumentationStringFreeze, which
> means that the desktop could in theory change at a time when it isn't
> possible to update screenshots. That isn't a problem for the
> documentation team at the moment, because we don't use screenshots in
> the desktop documentation. Really artwork is covered by the current
> definition of UserInterfaceFreeze
> (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UserInterfaceFreeze) so it would probably be
> helpful to get this clarified. I think it was intentional that artwork
> be covered by the UI Freeze
> (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DapperReleaseProcess).

To be honest, I questioned the need for these deadlines in the Karmic
cycle at all.  Until Karmic, there was no definition of these
terms...just words in the schedule, so I tried to define them as best as
I could :/.  After reading the definition of UserInterfaceFreeze
(again), I agree it needs to be clarified. I went to the Ubuntu Artwork
page [1], and I believe these deadlines are for artwork that is packaged
and made available as *Community-maintained* software (i.e. in
universe). I've updated the definitions to make this clearer
(hopefully), and de-emphasized the drops (i.e., moved them to the
left-most column) since they aren't as critical to the release schedule
as the deadlines & freezes, IMO.

[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork

> 
> 2. The translation deadlines could do with clarifying. "Final
> translation export from LP" is listed as week 19, whereas
> LanguagePackTranslationDeadline is at week 25. That seems
> contradictory because translators will, as usual, be translating right
> up until the LanguagePackTranslationDeadline and will count on a
> translation export happening after that deadline. Note: I think this
> has also been slightly unclear from previous release schedules as
> well, albeit there isn't such a large difference between the two
> (which I think is just a hangover from the changes you've made today).
> As a solution I'd suggest moving the two items to the same stage in
> the release cycle.
Good catch...fixed.

Thanks,
Robbie


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