[release] Release countdown for week R-6 Mar 01 - Mar 05

Herve Beraud hberaud at redhat.com
Mon Mar 1 06:33:24 UTC 2021

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 4 March, 2021. Only bugfixes releases will be allowed
beyond this point.

When requesting those library releases, you can also include the
stable/wallaby 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" (11 March, 2021)

* Deliverables following a cycle-with-rc model (that would be most
services), which observe a Feature freeze on that same date, 11 March, 2021.
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/wallaby branches, this
would be a good point for teams to review membership in their
wallaby-stable-maint groups. Once the stable/wallaby branches are cut
for a repo, the ability to approve any necessary backports into those
branches for wallaby 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

Cross-project events:
- Non-client library freeze: 4 March, 2021 (R-6 week)
- Client library freeze: 11 March, 2021 (R-5 week)
- Wallaby-3 milestone: 11 March, 2021 (R-5 week)
- Cycle Highlights Due: 11 March 2021 (R-5 week)
- Wallaby final release: 14 April, 2021

Project-specific events:
- Cinder Driver Features Declaration:  12 March, 2021 (R-5 week)

Thanks for your attention
Hervé Beraud
Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat
irc: hberaud

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