[release] Release countdown for week R-5, April 6 - 10

Sean McGinnis sean.mcginnis at gmx.com
Fri Apr 3 14:52:33 UTC 2020

Development Focus

We are getting close to the end of the Ussuri cycle! Next week on April 9 is
the ussuri-3 milestone, also known as feature freeze. It's time to wrap up
feature work in the services and their client libraries, and defer features
that won't make it to the Ussuri cycle.

General Information

This coming week is the deadline for client libraries: their last feature
release needs to happen before "Client library freeze" on April 9. Only bugfix
releases will be allowed beyond this point.

When requesting those library releases, you can also include the stable/ussuri
branching request with the review (as an example, see the "branches" section
here: https://opendev.org/openstack/releases/src/branch/master/deliverables/pike/os-brick.yaml#n2)

April 9 is also the deadline for feature work in all OpenStack deliverables
following the cycle-with-rc model. To help those projects produce a first
release candidate in time, only bugfixes should be allowed in the master branch
beyond this point. Any feature work past that deadline has to be approved by
the team PTL.

Finally, feature freeze is also the deadline for submitting a first version of
your cycle-highlights. Cycle highlights are the raw data hat helps shape what
is communicated in press releases and other release activity at the end of the
cycle, avoiding direct contacts from marketing folks. See
for more details.

Upcoming Deadlines & Dates

Ussuri-3 milestone (feature freeze): April 9 (R-5 week)
Cycle Highlights Due: April 9 (R-5 week)
RC1 deadline: April 23 (R-3 week)
Final RC deadline: May 7 (R-1 week)
Final Ussuri release: May 13

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