[release] Release countdown for week R-2, Sep 20 - Sep 24

Herve Beraud hberaud at redhat.com
Tue Sep 21 06:07:14 UTC 2021

Development Focus

At this point we should have release candidates (RC1 or recent intermediary
release) for all the Xena deliverables. Teams should be working on any
release-critical bugs that would require another RC or intermediary release
before the final release.


Early in the week, the release team will be proposing stable/xena branch
creation for all deliverables that have not branched yet, using the latest
available Xena release as the branch point. If your team is ready to go
for creating that branch, please let us know by leaving a +1 on these

If you would like to wait for another release before branching, you can -1
the patch and update it later in the week with the new release you would
like to use. By the end of the week the release team will merge those
patches though, unless an exception is granted.

Once stable/xena branches are created, if a release-critical bug is
detected, you will need to fix the issue in the master branch first, then
backport the fix to the stable/xena branch before releasing out of the
stable/xena branch.

After all of the cycle-with-rc projects have branched we will branch
devstack, grenade, and the requirements repos. This will effectively open
them up for Yoga development, though the focus should still be on
finishing up Xena until the final release.

For projects with translations, watch for any translation patches coming
through and merge them quickly. A new release should be produced so that
translations are included in the final Xena release.

Finally, now is a good time to finalize release notes. In particular,
consider adding any relevant "prelude" content. Release notes are
targeted for the downstream consumers of your project, so it would be
great to include any useful information for those that are going to pick
up and use or deploy the Xena version of your project.

Upcoming Deadlines & Dates

Final RC deadline:  September 30 (R-1 week)
Final Xena release: October 6

Hervé Beraud
Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat
irc: hberaud
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