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Release Team Sprint Results

The Release Team recently held a sprint, with the following aims:
 - complete planning for Jessie
 - review the freeze process
 - sprint release bugs and improvements in our tooling
We would like to thank ARM for hosting and caffeinating us, and
Codethink for feeding us. Travel sponsorship was funded by
donations to Debian.
Debian 8 "Jessie" was frozen on 5th November 2014. Please ensure
you are familiar with the freeze policy <POLICY>.

POLICY: https://release.debian.org/jessie/freeze_policy.html


At the time of writing, we had already dealt with 162 unblock
requests. Of those, 17 require further information from the
submitter, and three were pre-approvals awaiting upload.

Sixteen unblock bugs await our attention. Please continue to file
unblocks with as much information included as possible; see <FREEZE-ANN>.

FREEZE-ANN: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/11/msg00003.html


All transitions have been completed, with only a little tidying up
remaining for libjpeg-turbo.

Release notes

We seek patches and editors for the release notes. We identified
the following topics as being particularly important:

   - init system changes
     - How to choose (before upgrading)
     - Pros / cons of "upgrading"
   - i486 support dropped

There are many other new areas that could be included. If
you'd like to get involved, please contact us for further details.


Our release managers chose the following codenames for future

   * Debian 9 "Stretch"
   * Debian 10 "Buster"

Artwork / Debian Installer

Cyril Brulebois is co-ordinating artwork for Jessie, and expects
that it will be ready before the holiday season. We'd like to
thank those contributors who prepared artwork for this release.
Jessie's artwork can be seen at <ARTWORK>.

Development of the installer continues, and is progressing well.
There are a few minor issues to iron out, and Cyril will be
approving unblocks to packages producing udebs by hand for the
time being. Please try to avoid udeb disruption and be patient
if you're waiting for an unblock.

ARTWORK: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianArt/Themes/Lines

Team Changes

For the Stretch cycle, Niels Thykier and Emilio Pozuelo Monfort
will be Release Managers.

Julien Cristau joins Adam D. Barratt and Philipp Kern as a Stable
Release Manager.

Upgrade and installation tests

Please carry out upgrade tests from Wheezy to Jessie, and file
your experience against the upgrade-reports pseudo-package.

We also appreciate tests of fresh installations, with reports
against installation-reports.


There remained yes/no decisions for arm64, ppc64el, and kfreebsd.

arm64 and ppc64el have made enough progress to be release
architectures for Jessie. Britney no longer has special handling
for these two. Therefore, FTBFS regressions for arm64 and ppc64el
are now release critical (but non-regressions are not).

We discussed kfreebsd at length, but are not satisfied that a
release with Jessie will be of sufficient quality. We are dropping
it as an official release architecture, though we do hope that the
porters will be able to make a simultaneous unofficial release.

Freeze process review

We conducted an internal review of the freeze process for this

Release Team members generally expressed satisfaction at the
process. We made a conscious decision to improve communication and
publish our detailed plans early in the cycle, and this worked

There is room for improvement. A future freeze will include a
transition freeze, a soft freeze, and then the final hard freeze.
Soft freezes will see us expect maintainers to comply with the
freeze policy, but this will not be strictly enforced by technical

The hard freeze will see the usual manual migrations by technical
means. Packages not in testing by the time the soft freeze begins
will not be migration candidates.

We're likely to fine-tune this process during the next cycle, and
we will publish more specific details in due course.

For the release team:
Jonathan Wiltshire                                      jmw@debian.org
Debian Developer                         http://people.debian.org/~jmw

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