Development Focus

We just passed feature freeze! Until release branches are cut, you
should stop accepting featureful changes to deliverables following the
cycle-with-rc release model, or to libraries. Exceptions should be
discussed on separate threads on the mailing-list, and feature freeze
exceptions approved by the team's PTL.

Focus should be on finding and fixing release-critical bugs, so that
release candidates and final versions of the 2023.2 Bobcat deliverables
can be proposed, well ahead of the final 2023.2 Bobcat release date.

General Information

We are still finishing up processing a few release requests, but the
2023.2 Bobcat release requirements are now frozen. If new library releases
are needed to fix release-critical bugs in 2023.2 Bobcat, you must request
a Requirements Freeze Exception (RFE) from the requirements team before we
can do a new release to avoid having something released in 2023.2 Bobcat
that is not actually usable. This is done by posting to the
openstack-discuss mailing list with a subject line similar to:

        [$PROJECT][requirements] RFE requested for $PROJECT_LIB

Include justification/reasoning for why a RFE is needed for this lib.
If/when the requirements team OKs the post-freeze update, we can then
process a new release.

A soft String freeze is now in effect, in order to let the I18N team do the
translation work in good conditions. In Horizon and the various dashboard
plugins, you should stop accepting changes that modify user-visible
strings. Exceptions should be discussed on the mailing-list. By
September 28th, 2023 this will become a hard string freeze, with no changes
in user-visible strings allowed.


stable/2023.2 branches should be created soon for all not-already-branched
libraries. You should expect 2-3 changes to be proposed for each: a
.gitreview update, a reno update (skipped for projects not using reno),
and a tox.ini constraints URL update. Please review those in priority
so that the branch can be functional ASAP.

The Prelude section of reno release notes is rendered as the top level
overview for the release. Any important overall messaging for 2023.2 Bobcat
changes should be added there to make sure the consumers of your release
notes see them.

Upcoming Deadlines & Dates

RC1 deadline: September 14th, 2023 (R-3 week)
Final RC deadline: September 28th, 2023 (R-1 week)
Final 2023.2 Bobcat release: October 4th, 2023
2024.1 Caracal Virtual PTG - October 23-27, 2023

Előd Illés
irc: elodilles @ #openstack-release