Confusion RE: UI Freeze Rules

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Thu Mar 1 16:25:00 UTC 2012

On Thursday, March 01, 2012 11:03:08 AM Rodney Dawes wrote:
> Hi All,
> On the wiki page[1], it is stated that the UI and user-visible
> strings are frozen for "applications which are installed by default."
> My own understanding was that this was for all apps in the archive, as
> was the general understanding of others when I asked in IRC.
> However, as we (Ubuntu One) are currently working on various changes
> in our applications, some of which are not part of the default install,
> this point of confusion has been brought up, and I think we need to
> clarify what it means exactly. We have 2 options:
> 1) The Wiki is correct, and we need to communicate to everyone that
> this is the case, and that exceptions are not required for applications
> which are not part of the default install (until later in the cycle).
> 2) The Wiki is wrong, and we need to fix it, and continue on with the
> presumption that many of us have been working with.
> What do the rest of you think?

It was my understanding that the primary purpose of U/I and string freeze was 
to allow documentation developers and translators time to get their work done.

It is also to enforce a coordination requirement between the person proposing 
the change and the documentation team so that if the proposed change affects 
documentation or (particularly) screen shots they can be updated.

None of translations applies to Universe.

There are probably very few, not installed by default applications covered in 
documentation (although I expect Ubuntu One related packages would likely be 
documented).  This aspect of the freeze is important and shold apply to all 
packages even if it's a simple "Hey, I need to change X", "Oh no screen shots 
of X in the documentation so it's fine" exchange.

So I'd always thought it included all packages although exception approval for 
some would end up being very light weight.

Scott K

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