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Release update: the hundred bug charge

Hi all,

the wheezy release is getting ever closer, so it's time to look at its

Bug count
At the time of writing, there are 100 bugs that need to be fixed in
Wheezy [BUGS:RCLIST]. This needs to be reduced further, and so we're
entering the final stage of the freeze. For what this means, read on!

Freeze policy update
As in our previous mail [DDA:BITS], we are updating the freeze policy
[RM:POLICY]. We're now going to accept only:
* fixes for release critical bugs (i.e., bugs of severity critical,
  grave and serious) in all packages;
This means we will /no longer/ be accepting:
* fixes for severity: important bugs in packages of priority: optional
  or extra, only when this can be done via unstable;
* translation updates and documentation fixes that are included with
  fixes for the above criteria.

Please note that this means we are only interested in the absolute
minimum patches that fix RC bugs. Spurious changes will simply lead to
longer review times for everyone, disappointment and ultimately a longer

It helps us if you justify your request sufficiently to save time going
back and forth. We don't know all packages intimately, so we rely on you
to answer the question "why should this fix be accepted at this stage?".

We've now started adding the final usertags to packages to make it clear
what is still an issue for Wheezy, and which packages we will remove. If
you see a "wheezy-will-remove" usertag against your package, it's an
indication of what will happen if the bug isn't resolved one way or
another. [BUGS:UTAGS]

As the release approaches, it's more likely that we will simply remove
packages that have open RC bugs. That said, please do not blindly file
RM bugs without discussion involving all the interested parties,
wherever this is feasible. If you do file a bug, please include links to
all the relevant details for our easy reference. As a general guide, RM
requests which necessitate the removal of other packages from testing
will likely need more careful consideration.

Release notes
The wheezy release notes are not ready yet.  The current list of open
issues is at [RN:ISSUES] and the upgrade section in particular could do
with an update.  The work in progress can be seen at [RN:WIP] and the
source checked out at [RN:SVN].  If you find something missing there,
please file a bug ASAP.  Help, in the form of proofreading or patches,
would also be much appreciated.

(For the release team)

[BUGS:RCLIST] http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/other/testing.html
[DDA:BITS] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/01/msg00005.html
[RM:POLICY] http://release.debian.org/wheezy/freeze_policy.html
[BUGS:UTAGS] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?users=release.debian.org@packages.debian.org;tag=wheezy-can-defer;tag=wheezy-will-remove;tag=wheezy-is-blocker;ordering=wheezy-sort
[RN:ISSUES] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?pkg=release-notes;tag=wheezy 
[RN:WIP] http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/releasenotes
[RN:SVN] svn://anonscm.debian.org/svn/ddp/manuals/trunk/release-notes

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