Re: Release schedule change affects GSoC projects

On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 1:35 PM, Andre Klapper <ak-47 gmx net> wrote:

On Mon, 2017-05-15 at 13:26 +0200, Carlos Soriano wrote:
> I just noticed
> h/msg00053.html, that changes Aug 18 to Aug 7 the UI freeze, that
> means almost two weeks earlier.
> The previous schedule (Aug 18) was already a little difficult for our
> GSoC projects, since students have the official schedule until 29
> August. So we were pushing in the last weeks to try to make the
> merges as soon as possible, but relying on exceptions.

UI freeze has always been around this time plus one week (I'm not sure
where you take the "Aug 18" from - last year's freeze was August 15).

Ah right, me neither. I was looking at the Schedule pages, but it says 15 August.

> However, the new schedule makes very difficult to make UI projects
> for GSoC and being included in the release, that as you might know
> it's quite important for both the students to have their code in
> master and for maintainers to have the projects in the release
> itself.
> Could it be possible to reeschedule one week more again (at least)?

I would not oppose moving "The Freeze" && 3.25.90 release to August
14th. I'd oppose making the entire release schedule (=3.26.0 release) a
week longer though, as distributions need to rely on plans.

Right, that could be a partial solution. However, we were already relying on some exceptions for UI (as long as they were before the string freeze) to match the gsoc plans. So this would be "fixed" if the string freeze is also moved a week. Or be more open for UI exceptions on that week too.
Would that be possible?

> If not, would be the release team open for UI exceptions late on the
> freeze cycle for those projects doing GSoC?

Andre Klapper  |  ak-47 gmx net

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