A bit overdue, but here goes. The release is going more or less as planned; we're only a few days behind schedule. There has been an excellent response from translators to the string freeze which means we will have 46 fully translated languages in RC1. We have also seen quite a few installation reports in response to the call for testing, though not for all architectures. A few issues have been fixed as a result of these reports and it looks like the installer is in fine shape in general. I've seen no reports for the following architectures, which is disappointing: alpha, arm, m68k, mips, mipsel Additional reports for powerpc would be welcome too. In my previous mail I listed the following blocking bugs: - regression in the progress bar in the newt frontend (#391676) - incorrect display for CJK languages (newt/slang: #392942/392987) - keyboard support on mips SGI Indigo2 (#382983) - floppies too big for powerpc (should be possible to resolve using new infrastructure by Sylvain Ferriol) The first two have been fixed (2nd one thanks to Alastair), the third I have not heard any progress on, the fourth is still open but may get dealt with this weekend. As the 2.6.18 kernel is not yet ready to migrate to testing, we will release RC1 with 2.6.17. We have already had a first successfull d-i upload and a full CD build, though I've not yet looked at these extensively. This is planned for this weekend. Expect a separate mail about this. I have today started the migration of the final udebs for RC1 to testing, so that basically means no more changes are possible. Please do not upload any new udebs over the next few days. The fact that the latest XOrg has just migrated to testing and will thus be included in RC1 is very nice. Updated release planning ======================== INITIAL UPLOAD -------------- 28-29 Oct Testing and fixes for full CDs FINAL UPLOAD ------------ 30 Oct udebs should have migrated to testing 30/31 Oct Final build and upload of d-i 1 Nov Switch daily links to etch_d-i 1- 3 Nov Final testing using daily images 1/ 2 Nov Weekly full CD build 1- 4 Nov Further testing 1- 4 Nov Preparation of release notes, errata, etc. 4/ 5 Nov Migration of d-i to testing 3/ 4 Nov CD builds 5 Nov Release This is still optimistic and does not leave much time for testing, but as the remaining testing is mostly to confirm there were no unexpected regressions, I don't think this is a major problem. RC1 itself will after all be the real basis for release worthiness testing.
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