[release] Release countdown for week R-5, Aug 30 - Sep 03

Herve Beraud hberaud at redhat.com
Fri Aug 27 16:16:11 UTC 2021

Development Focus

We are getting close to the end of the Xena cycle! Next week on
02 September, 2021 is the Xena-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 Yoga cycle.

General Information

This coming week is the deadline for client libraries: their last feature
release needs to happen before "Client library freeze" on 02 September,
Only bugfix 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:

02 September, 2021 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 raised as a Feature Freeze Exception (FFE) and 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 that 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

Xena-3 milestone (feature freeze): 02 September, 2021 (R-5 week)
RC1 deadline: The week of 13 September, 2021 (R-3 week)
Final RC deadline: The week of 27 September, 2021 (R-1 week)
Final Xena release: 06 October, 2021

Hervé Beraud
Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat
irc: hberaud
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