leann.ogasawara at canonical.com
Fri Feb 7 16:00:12 UTC 2014
With 12.04.4 having just released, I wanted to propose the idea of having a
12.04.5 point release for Precise.
As many are aware, recent 12.04.x point releases have shipped with a newer
kernel and X stack by default for hardware enablement purposes.
Maintainers of these enablement stacks have agreed to support these until
a Trusty based enablement stack is supported in Precise. Once a Trusty
enablement stack is supported, all previous enablement stacks would EOL and
be asked to migrate to the final Trusty based enablement stack which would
continue to be supported for the remaining life of Precise.
Currently, 12.04.4 is our final point release for Precise. 12.04.4 shipped
with a Saucy enablement stack by default. This Saucy enablement stack in
Precise will eventually EOL in favor of the Trusty enablement stack. Once
that happens, our final point release for Precise will be delivering an
EOL'd enablement stack. This seems unfortunate and inappropriate. I would
like to propose having a 5th point release for Precise which would deliver
the Trusty enablement stack for Precise.
Providing a 12.04.5 point release will add no additional maintenance burden
upon teams supporting enablement stacks in Precise. It would require some
extra effort on part of the Canonical Foundations Team as well as the
Ubuntu Release Team to spin up an additional set of images and testing
coordination etc. However, I informally discussed this with a few members
of each of those teams and the tentative agreement was that 12.04.5 was a
reasonable request which could be accommodated. Collectively we could find
no compelling reason to not provide 12.04.5. We also discussed that a
12.04.5 release should be optional for the Flavors to participate in.
Additionally, we would want to purposely avoid clashing the 14.04.1 and
12.04.5 release dates and would suggest releasing 14.04.1 first and 12.04.5
after (exact date TBD).
What are other's thoughts here? Does anyone have a compelling reason for
not providing a 12.04.5 point release?
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