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Re: On cadence and collaboration

Cyril Brulebois wrote:
> Raphael Geissert <geissert@debian.org> (05/08/2009):
>> Like some people said during Debconf: "freezing in December" doesn't
>> necessarily mean freezing the first day or even the first week of
>> December; the 31 is still December, which means there are 30 days to
>> decide many things, if necessary.
> Without having to resort to nitpicking on days, was the “freeze” term
> define anywhere? My main question would be: will it be possible to e.g.
> switch the default compiler right before the freeze and trigger possible
> hundreds of serious FTBFS bugs? Or is some incremental freeze still
> supposed to happen? (Putting -release in Cc to catch their attention.)

At least on the Ubuntu side, there would be room to agree in advance on
items that are as yet unreleased, but which have for various reasons
clear advantages and well understood risks.

So, for example, if someone on the toolchain team said "GCC 4.5 is going
to be released in February, and we've run a test rebuild of the archive
and there were only 20 FTBFS's" then it might well be possible to get
consensus around that new version being planned as a consensus base
version for releases in 2010.


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