[RFC] 12.04.5

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Sat Feb 8 01:24:23 UTC 2014

On Fri, Feb 07, 2014 at 08:00:12AM -0800, Leann Ogasawara wrote:
> 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?

For the record, this has the Foundations Team's support as well (we've
already discussed the resourcing considerations).  So unless someone knows
of a reason why we *shouldn't* go ahead with this, I think the main question
here is whether the flavors want to participate.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
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