Lucid Release Schedule

Robbie Williamson robbie at ubuntu.com
Sun Nov 1 21:29:14 GMT 2009


Matthew,

You are absolutely correct :), and I've tried to correct these errors.
Please review and let me know if things are better.  As for the LTS
changes, we set a goal this release to better define what an LTS
*really* is, i.e. to allow us to better define how it is, and is not,
like a regular release of Ubuntu:
  http://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS

I apologize for the recent churn in the schedule, and for the mishap
with some of the deadlines.  I'm hoping to send the official schedule
announcement this week once we've done our best to make sure it's
workable for all.

-Robbie

On Sun, 2009-11-01 at 11:40 +0000, Matthew East wrote: 
> Hi,
> 
> The schedule for Lucid Lynx appears to have changed radically in
> comparison to the previous few releases. I haven't seen any discussion
> of this on this list, did I miss it somewhere else? There isn't a
> reservation on the page about whether it has been finally decided on
> or not, but I'm hoping that some discussion is going to be possible
> because the revised schedule is unworkable for the documentation team,
> and probably for translators too, as far as I can see
> 
> I'm setting out what I see as the problems here.
> 
> In the last three releases (Hardy, Jaunty, Karmic), we have had two
> weeks between FeatureFreeze (FF) and UserInterfaceFreeze (UIF), and
> three weeks between UIF and DocumentationStringFreeze (DSF). In Lucid
> however we have FF and UIF on the same day, and DSF one week later.
> 
> The main problem for the documentation team is that a five week period
> between FF and DSF is now squeezed into one week. The upshot is that
> the documentation team has potentially one week to document new
> features or string changes in Lucid.
> 
> From the documentation team's point of view, we need a decent period
> (2-3 weeks) between FF and UIF so that we can give ourselves a target
> of getting major new documentation of new features ready by UIF. We
> then need a further decent period between UIF and DSF (2-3 weeks) so
> that we can focus on ensuring that all the strings referred to in the
> documentation match those used in the software.
> 
> Translators of documentation also get a pretty raw deal. The
> NonLanguagePackTranslationDeadline was two weeks after DSF. Now it's
> just one week after. So translators then have one week to translate
> any new documentation, which could include major documentation of new
> features. Again, I'd like to be in a position to assure translators
> that major new documentation is in place by UIF, so they can start
> work from then, and then assure them of a hard freeze at DSF, where
> they can focus on completing any last strings. At the moment, that
> simply isn't possible.
> 
> I also see, although this doesn't directly affect the documentation
> team, that the LanguagePackTranslationDeadline is in week 20, instead
> of week 26 (Karmic), week 24 (Jaunty) or week 25 (Hardy) which gives
> them between 4 and 6 fewer weeks to translate software.
> 
> I'd really like to see the timetable used in previous releases
> restored. Looking forward to hearing your views.
> 
> -- 
> Matthew East
> http://www.mdke.org
> gnupg pub 1024D/0E6B06FF
> 



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