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Re: Bits from the Release Team: Final countdown!


On Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 11:05:26PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 10:16:07AM +0100, Neil McGovern wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > We know no-one likes reading long mails on d-d-a, so we'll keep this
> > short: we'll be stopping automatic migrations of packages from unstable
> > to testing - aka freezing - on June 30th. 
> Meaning, anyone who'd planned to use debcamp to do some final polish on their
> package which they'd like to see in the release is now stuffed, and will have
> to find the time this week.

The freeze date was decided in on the 4th June 2011 (over a year ago)
and announced to d-d-a in 20110628183405.GR836@feta.halon.org.uk

The date for Debconf was decided in October 2011.

There was considerable discussion during the sprint as to when would be
best, and we picked June as a date after considering when else we could
freeze. We did consider the possibility of DebConf clashing, but the
previous four debconfs have been held at the end of July/August.

I can't speak for the DebConf team, but having orgainsed a debconf
before (Edinburgh) I'm aware it can be *very* hard to get accomodation
and venue available at the same time.

> You've done the same thing during the previous release.

No we didn't.

> Is this on purpose?

It depends what you mean by 'this'.
Freezing when we said we would, over a year ago is very much on purpose.
Freezing before DebCamp is not, but explained above and in other mails.
Maintainers not fixing their packages before the well announced freeze I
would hope is not.


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