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Re: String freeze: unofficially started

Quoting Martin Michlmayr (tbm@cyrius.com):
> * Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> [2008-08-26 17:59]:
> > The long mail I sent this morning was trying to give a rationale for a
> > fairly long string freeze (4 weeks). Is that acceptable or should we
> > negotiate? :-)
> To be honest, I think 2 weeks would be a more realistic goal.

We're talking about the release string freeze. And we had no string
freezes, IIRC, for beta 1 and beta 2.

I explained, in my long message, why I think such a long freeze is
needed. We're no longer in 2005, where the hype about the installer
l10n was the highest. I need time to track issues and interact with
translators in order to get as many complete work as possible (there
have been numerous changes in the etch-lenny release cycle, that can
be seen with translations that got no update since etch).

I know I will hear arguments such as "but translators should have
coped with changes during the release cycle, not only at the last
minute". Certainly, they should. But most of them, particularly in
the small teams, are also involved in many other areas...often
end-user software, which makes more direct sense to them (more
directly visible result) and they tend to put D-I in the low priority

For those people, when the release time comes, they, for sure, raise
the priority of D-I, but I need time to exchange with them, sometimes
get again in tuoch with folks I've not interacted with since about
more than 1 year, etc.

And time resources on my side are scarce. So, if I can get that time,
I'll do a more efficient work...that's mostly the point..:-)

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