Clarifying Unseeded Universe Freeze
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Thu Sep 29 05:50:37 UTC 2011
Clint Byrum <clint at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>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
>> 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
>> * Work with universe/multiverse community to identify delegates
>> approve Feature Freeze Exceptions, in addition to
>> 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
>> any installation media.
>> * Universe/multiverse delegates and final freeze date is
>> 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
>> manually accepted by the archive admins, but no additional
>> approval is required until the Unseeded Universe Final
>> Have I missed any other references to the Unseeded Universe Freeze
>> are relevant?
>> What do others think? pro's/con's of moving from 5 days to 1.5
>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
>process as a whole.
In my experience there's no impact. Even if a group of MOTU get fired up and fix a bunch of stuff, getting things reviewed isn't an issue. Some releases we do get a motivated group at the end that really makes a good bunch of changes. It's amazing what a few focused MOTU can accomplish.
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