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Re: Debian decides to adopt time-based release freezes

On Thursday 30 July 2009, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> On Thu, 30 Jul 2009, Frans Pop wrote:
> > Both the Etch and Lenny releases did clearly show this, and the
> > success of both releases (Etch more than Lenny IMO) is largely thanks
> > to flexible starts of the incremental freeze stages.
> The staged freeze has been a major pain for anyone working on the
> packages affected by the first stage of the freeze. For dpkg/dpkg-dev
> we could not go forward for almost 8 months.

I agree that the first freeze stage was started too early (when the list 
of open issues was clearly still to long) and that the delay between the 
stages could and should be shorter.

> There's no reason why we can't freeze all at the same time (or really
> have very short delays between each stage of the freeze). The fixed
> date makes it much more easy for everybody to remember when the freeze
> starts and plan accordingly.

Well, we've had fairly clear announcements for when the freeze was 
supposed to start for the past three releases. And we did not make them. 
I personally don't think a fixed freeze date is really going to change 
that. I could be wrong though.

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