Clarifying Feature Freeze Definition

Micah Gersten micahg at
Fri Aug 5 17:05:26 UTC 2011

On 08/05/2011 11:17 AM, Kate Stewart wrote:
> Dear Release Team members, and others interested, 
>    In asking around and after reading the documentation I'm hearing some
> varied opinions of what it actually means to feature freeze.  On reading
>,  it seems to not be as specific
> as needed.
> "At this point we stop introducing new features, packages, and APIs, and
> concentrate on fixing bugs in the development release."
> My expectation is that the freeze is for all main packages, and seeded
> universe packages.
Generally, it's been applied to the whole archive, but the barrier to an
FFe for an unseeded and non-main package has been lower WRT new upstream
versions for leaf packages.  There are still a number of libs in
universe that are unseeded and could wreak havoc on a small portion of
the archive.


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