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Re: Define freeze date for release notes


2009/1/21 Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com>:
> On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 11:08:07AM +0100, W. Martin Borgert wrote:
>>Hi release managers, hi everybody else,
>>suppose we would freeze the English original of the release notes by
>>2009-01-23 23:59 GMT (Friday night). How much time would be left for
> I've not seen a response to this; I hope I've just missed it. How long
> would you like/need for the translators?

IMHO, it would require ~1 week for translation if some big changes (such as
addition of paragraphs and sections) will be necessary before the string freeze.
Otherwise, it would need only a few days after the freeze.

FYI the timeline for the etch release notes just before the release
was as follows:

- 2007-04-04 01:00 UTC: Announcement of possible deadlines[1].
- 2007-04-04 12:00 UTC: Announcement of deadlines[2].
- 2007-04-05 01:00 UTC: String freeze of the English version[3].
- 2007-04-07 04:00 UTC: Deadline for translation (for CD/DVD image inclusion).

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc/2007/04/msg00091.html
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc/2007/04/msg00116.html
[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc/2007/04/msg00194.html

But it was very tight for translators (partly due to many big changes in English
version for about two weeks just before this deadline).

BTW, how realistic is this assumption of the deadline, "Friday night"?
I see many TODO comments in the document...

Many thanks,


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