Final Freeze for Ubuntu 14.10 (utopic) in effect

Adam Conrad adconrad at
Fri Oct 17 11:17:05 UTC 2014

Sending the email announce a bit late, but those who pay attention
to release schedules should already know that the utopic Final
Freeze is now in effect.  The following will be yet another copy
and paste from previous releases:

Uploads from here on in should fall into the following 4 bins:

1) Installer/release-critical bugs that absolutely MUST get fixed
   lest we risk shipping a broken image that turns computers puce
   or sets them on fire:  Please contact the release team about
   these bugs and upload (well-tested) solutions ASAP.

   Last minute hardware enablement fixes, and pretty much anything
   installer related that is auditable and testable also falls in
   to this category, as our best installer testing comes in the
   next few days, historically.

   Much like last cycle, this one also had some new porting going
   on (we do enjoy our fun toys), and like last cycle, we'll gladly
   take FTBFS fixes pretty close to the wire, as long as they're
   clear and easily reviewable.

2) Non-release-critical-but-nice-to-have bugfixes:  These are
   fixes that you would absolutely feel comfortably about doing
   as an SRU but not necessarily destabilising the release process
   for.  Again, contact the release team, and we may slip some of
   these in, while asking you to defer the rest to SRUs.

3) Feature additions, massive code refactoring, user interface
   changes, non-typo string changes:  Just don't upload these, or
   ask about them.  The time for them came and went long ago.

4) Updates to non-seeded packages:  Technically, unseeded packages
   don't freeze until pretty much right before release.  While this
   is true, we may still try to talk you out of pushing some huge
   new upstream version of something, or start a library transition
   at the zero hour.  We're only a week away from opening the next
   release, a bit of patience (or prepping in a PPA, etc) might be
   a decent plan.

Here's hoping everyone gets on board with testing images, helping
to fix absolutely critical bugs, donating spare creative cycles to
the release notes, and any other way we can all contribute to yet
another great Ubuntu release.

Later tonight, we will be turning off the daily cron jobs and will
spin up a set of RC images.  As much as I'd love for them to be
the final images, I'm not that optimistic, and I'm sure there will
be reasons to respin, but please do get to testing, so we have a
better handle on the state of the world as it is today.

On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,

... Adam Conrad

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