[release] Release countdown for week R-10 August 3 - 7

Sean McGinnis sean.mcginnis at gmx.com
Mon Aug 3 15:31:52 UTC 2020

Development Focus

We are now past the Victoria-2 milestone, and entering the last development
phase of the cycle. Teams should be focused on implementing planned work
for the cycle.

Now is a good time to review those plans and reprioritize anything if
needed based on the what progress has been made and what looks realistic
to complete in the next few weeks.

General Information

Looking ahead to the end of the release cycle, please be aware of the
feature freeze dates. Those vary depending on deliverable type:

* General libraries (except client libraries) need to have their last
  feature release before Non-client library freeze (September 3). Their
  stable branches are cut early.

* Client libraries (think python-*client libraries) need to have their
  last feature release before Client library freeze (September 10)

* Deliverables following a cycle-with-rc model (that would be most
  services) observe a Feature freeze on that same date, September 10.
  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 (September 24)

* Deliverables following cycle-with-intermediary model can release as
  necessary, but in all cases before Final RC deadline (October 8)

Upcoming Deadlines & Dates

Ussuri Cycle-trailing deadline: August 13 (R-9 week)
Non-client library freeze: September 3 (R-6 week)
Client library freeze: September 10 (R-5 week)
Ussuri-3 milestone: September 10 (R-5 week)
Victoria release: October 14

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