Fwd: Final Freeze for Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy) at 2100UTC today

Nicholas Skaggs nicholas.skaggs at canonical.com
Thu Oct 10 17:12:24 UTC 2013

FYI --

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Subject: 	Final Freeze for Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy) at 2100UTC today
Date: 	Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:09:30 -0600
From: 	Adam Conrad <adconrad at ubuntu.com>
To: 	ubuntu-devel-announce at lists.ubuntu.com
CC: 	ubuntu-release at lists.ubuntu.com

[ This is a shameless copy-and-paste from last year ]

For the timezone challenged, as of 2100UTC today, the archive is
officially fozen in preparation of release candidates and the
final release of Saucy Salamander in a week.  This is three
hours from the time I hit send on this email.

Uploads from here on in should fall into the following 4 bins:

1) Installer/release-critical bugs that absolutely MUST get fixed
    lest we risk shipping a broken image that turns computers pink
    or sets them on fire:  Please contact the release team about
    these bugs and upload (well-tested) solutions ASAP.

    Last minute hardware enablement fixes, and pretty much anything
    installer related that is auditable and testable also falls in
    to this category, as our best installer testing comes in the
    next few days, historically.

    Some people may have noticed that we're also in the process of
    spinning up a new port right now (our timing is impeccable, is
    it not?), so uploads with clear and targetted FTBFS fixes for
    arm64 will continue to be accepted for seeded packages until
    Sunday night, and for unseeded pretty much right up to release.

2) Non-release-critical-but-nice-to-have bugfixes:  These are
    fixes that you would absolutely feel comfortably about doing
    as an SRU but not necessarily destabilising the release process
    for.  Again, contact the release team, and we may slip some of
    these in, while asking you to defer the rest to SRUs.

3) Feature additions, massive code refactoring, user interface
    changes, non-typo string changes:  Just don't upload these, or
    ask about them.  The time for them came and went long ago.

4) Updates to non-seeded packages:  Technically, unseeded packages
    don't freeze until pretty much right before release.  While this
    is true, we may still try to talk you out of pushing some huge
    new upstream version of something, or start a library transition
    at the zero hour.  We're only a week away from opening the next
    release, a bit of patience (or prepping in a PPA, etc) might be
    a decent plan.

Here's hoping everyone gets on board with testing images, helping
to fix absolutely critical bugs, donating spare creative cycles to
the release notes, and any other way we can all contribute to yet
another great Ubuntu release.

... Adam

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