MOTU Release Charter

Jordan Mantha laserjock at
Fri Mar 20 00:06:53 GMT 2009

On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 4:44 PM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at> wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:18:46 -0700 Jordan Mantha <laserjock at> wrote:
>>On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 3:16 PM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at> wrote:
>>> During the Intrepid cycle the MOTU release team members were asked to come up
>>> with a charter for the team.  It's taken us some time to get a draft
>>> together, but this:
>>Thanks to the MOTU Release team for all the work they've put into this charter.
>>I don't have any major problems with the charter but I have a couple questions:
>>  * is the consultation with the doc team upon UI Freeze only for
>>seeded packages as well? I wasn't totally clear on that one.
> It's my understanding (from discussions with ubuntu-release) that U/I freeze only affects seeded packages.

That makes sense and is what I assumed, but wasn't *exactly* sure so I
thought I'd ask.

>>  * "targeted goals" and "motu-release goals" are mentioned. Does that
>>mean MOTU Release will define and publish release goals?
> This is something that I think we have never done.  I would say yes, but I'm not sure exactly how it would work.  I have, as the Server Team delegate, approved FFe (as recently as today) based on the Server release goal of supporting cloud computing.
> I think that exactly how a Universe release goal would get proposed/accepted is something we need to figure out.  Personally, I don't think it needs to be defined in the charter.

I agree that the charter is probably not a place to discuss how we get
release goals, but I think it helps people see the basis for MOTU
Release decisions and gives a better idea of where we're heading if we
do have some defined/published release goals.

>>  * somewhat similar to the previous question, I see mentions of
>>"transitions". Is is MOTU Release going to define and/or accept
> Post FF if someone wants to start a library transition it ought to have an FFe from motu-release.  This is how we've operated for some time and nothing new (I don't think).  This is one area where motu-release does report to the Ubuntu Release team at the regular release team meetings.

Right, so it didn't seem quite clear to me what defines a transition?
does say 3 packages constitute a transition? do we just use common
sense there? It was also not clear in the wording that motu-release is
only involved post FF.

Again, all this is just clarification of the language, I've got no
problems with the spirit of the Charter.


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