[release] Release countdown for week R-7, March 23-27

Sean McGinnis sean.mcginnis at gmx.com
Fri Mar 20 14:22:31 UTC 2020

Development Focus
We are entering the last weeks of the Ussuri development cycle. From
now until the final release, we'll send a countdown email like this
every week.

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. Please
plan accordingly so avoid any last minute rushes to get key
functionality in.

General Information
Next week is the Extra-ATC freeze, in preparation for elections. All
contributions to OpenStack are valuable, but some are not expressed as
Gerrit code changes. Please list active contributors to your project
team who do not have a code contribution this cycle, and therefore won't
automatically be considered an Active Technical Contributor and allowed
to vote. This is done by adding extra-atcs to
https://opendev.org/openstack/governance/src/branch/master/reference/projects.yaml before
the Extra-ATC freeze on March 26.

A quick reminder of the upcoming 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 (April 2). Their stable
branches are cut early.
* Client libraries (think python-*client libraries) need to have their
last feature release before Client library freeze (April 9)
* Deliverables following a cycle-with-rc model (that would be most
services) observe a Feature freeze on that same date, April 9. 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 (April 23)
* Deliverables following cycle-with-intermediary model can release as
necessary, but in all cases before Final RC deadline (May 7)

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 (April 9).

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

Note that cycle highlights are per-team, not per-deliverable.

Upcoming Deadlines & Dates
Extra-ATC freeze: March 26 (R-7 week)
Non-client library freeze: April 2 (R-6 week)
Client library freeze: April 9 (R-5 week)
Ussuri-3 milestone: April 9 (R-5 week)
Cycle Highlights Due: April 9 (R-5 week)
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