[release] Release countdown for week R-7, Aug 16 - Aug 20
hberaud at redhat.com
Mon Aug 16 08:26:39 UTC 2021
We are entering the last weeks of the Xena development cycle. From
now until the final release, we'll send a countdown email like this
It's probably a good time for teams to take stock of their library and
client work that needs to be completed yet. The non-client library freeze
is coming up, followed closely by the client lib freeze. Now is a good time
to make decisions on deferring feature work to the next development
cycle in order to be able to focus on finishing already-started feature
work. Please plan accordingly to avoid any last minute rushes to get key
We are now getting close to the end of the cycle, and will be gradually
freezing feature work on the various deliverables that make up the
This coming week is the deadline for general libraries (except client
libraries): their last feature release needs to happen before "Non-client
library freeze" on September 19. Only bugfixes releases will be allowed
beyond this point.
When requesting those library releases, you can also include the
stable/xena branching request with the review (as an example, see the
"branches" section here:
A quick reminder of the upcoming freeze dates. Those vary depending on
* General libraries (except client libraries) need to have their last
feature release before Non-client library freeze (August 19th). Their
stable branches are cut early.
* Client libraries (think python-*client libraries) need to have their
last feature release before Client library freeze (September 2nd)
* Deliverables following a cycle-with-rc model (that would be most
services) observe a Feature freeze on that same date, September 2nd. Any
feature addition beyond that date should be discussed on the mailing-list
and get PTL approval. After feature freeze, cycle-with-rc deliverables
need to produce a first release candidate (and a stable branch) before
RC1 deadline (Sep 13 - Sep 17).
* Deliverables following cycle-with-intermediary model can release as
necessary, but in all cases before Final RC deadline (Sep 27 - Oct 01).
As we are getting to the point of creating stable/xena branches, this
would be a good point for teams to review membership in their
xena-stable-maint groups. Once the stable/xena branches are cut
for a repo, the ability to approve any necessary backports into those
branches for xena will be limited to the members of that stable team.
If there are any questions about stable policy or stable team membership,
please reach out in the #openstack-stable channel.
Finally, now is also a good time to start planning what highlights you
want for your deliverables in the cycle highlights. The deadline to
submit an initial version for those is set to Feature freeze (September
Background on cycle-highlights:
Project Team Guide, Cycle-Highlights:
knelson [at] openstack.org/diablo_rojo on IRC is available if you need
help selecting or writing your highlights
Upcoming Deadlines & Dates
Non-client library freeze: Aug 19 (R-7 week)
Client library freeze: Sep 02 (R-5 week)
Xena-3 milestone: Sep 02 (R-5 week)
Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat
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