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From David Crossley <cross...@apache.org>
Subject [Important] packing 0.9 rc1, please wait
Date Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:07:48 GMT
The "code-freeze" makes it easier to prepare the
release candidate packages and make them available for testing.

Code-freeze means *no* non-essential commits to the trunk
or to the new release branch. Other branches are free to
continue. Whiteboard plugins can also continue.

There should be no code enhancements or new functionality,
because that could introduce new bugs.

The main aim is to find and fix important bugs. Any minor
issues are delayed until after release (add to Jira).

Essential documentation corrections can happen because they
will not break anything. As long as we do test the documentation
building just prior to making any final release candidate.

Although remember that such work should have happened
prior to the code-freeze. We don't want to build subsequent
release candidates unless necessary.

However, if there are important code changes that are
required you can make a proposal to allow that commit.
The Release Manager will make a quick decision.

Next important milestones are:

[3] create final release candidate if necessary
Saturday 2011-02-05 at 22:00 UTC
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?day=5&month=2&year=2011&hour=22&min=0&sec=0&p1=0

[4] end of vote on final release candidate and commence the upload phase
Monday 2011-02-07 at 22:00 UTC (i.e. planned release date)
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?day=7&month=2&year=2011&hour=22&min=0&sec=0&p1=0

Now the Release Manager will do some final changes, such
as license header checks, xml code cleanup, and changing
version number information. Then the RM will build the
packages. These steps may take some time.

The next message will tell you where to download the
release candidate packages and describe how to test.

-David

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