[release] Release countdown for week R-6, Aug 23 - Aug 27

Herve Beraud hberaud at redhat.com
Fri Aug 20 14:51:12 UTC 2021

In last week's email we erroneously announced that this week (August 19)
would be the deadline for all non-client libraries, while only Oslo
were concerned. See this email for updated dates.

Development Focus

Work on libraries should be wrapping up, in preparation for the various
library-related deadlines coming up. 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.

General Information

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
OpenStack release.

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 August 26. 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:

In the next weeks we will have deadlines for:

* Client libraries (think python-*client libraries), which need to have
their last feature release before "Client library freeze" (Sept 2nd)

* Deliverables following a cycle-with-rc model (that would be most
services), which 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.

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.

Upcoming Deadlines & Dates

Non-client library freeze: August 26 (R-6 week)
Client library freeze: September 2nd (R-5 week)
Xena-3 milestone: September 2nd (R-5 week)
Cycle Highlights Due: September 2nd (R-5 week)
Xena final release: October 6th
Yeti PTG: October 18-22

Hervé Beraud
Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat
irc: hberaud
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