[RFC] 12.04.5

Stéphane Graber stgraber at ubuntu.com
Sat Feb 8 01:28:55 UTC 2014

On Fri, Feb 07, 2014 at 05:24:23PM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> 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.

Speaking with my Edubuntu flavor lead hat on, we'd be happy to participate.

Stéphane Graber
Ubuntu developer
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