Clarifying Unseeded Universe Freeze
clint at ubuntu.com
Thu Sep 29 05:28:35 UTC 2011
Excerpts from Kate Stewart's message of Wed Sep 28 15:36:09 -0700 2011:
> Dear Ubuntu release team members,
> On the #ubuntu-release IRC channel today the discussion of when should
> the unseeded universe freeze came up today. A proposal was made to
> freeze it 36 hours before the final images are published.
> The precedents that exist in our current process documentation right now
> * Work with universe/multiverse community to identify delegates to
> approve Feature Freeze Exceptions, in addition to ubuntu-release
> until the date of Final Freeze for universe.
> * Set the Final Freeze date (typically at release minus 5 days)
> for universe/multiverse for the packages that are NOT found on
> any installation media.
> * Universe/multiverse delegates and final freeze date is broadcast
> to ubuntu-devel-discuss and ubuntu-devel-announce.
> * For packages in universe that aren't seeded in any of the
> Ubuntu flavors, this final freeze is nominal; packages must be
> manually accepted by the archive admins, but no additional
> approval is required until the Unseeded Universe Final Freeze.
> Have I missed any other references to the Unseeded Universe Freeze that
> are relevant?
> What do others think? pro's/con's of moving from 5 days to 1.5 days?
This is not all inclusive, but these things come to mind:
Pro's of 1.5 days vs 5 days:
* Less 0-day SRU's (any bugs found late can be fixed in release, easing
the burden of the heavy SRU process)
* Approving packages means more duties for the release team close to
the release date
* Time spent fixing things in universe is less time spent testing main
I think having more fixes in the released universe is a good thing for
quality, but I worry about the impact, even if its small, on the release
process as a whole.
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