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Re: [Xen-devel] Xen 4.12 release planning

> On 25 Jul 2018, at 12:45, Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 25/07/18 13:39, Lars Kurth wrote:
>>> On 25 Jul 2018, at 12:24, George Dunlap <dunlapg@xxxxxxxxx
>>> <mailto:dunlapg@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 10:22 AM, Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx
>>> <mailto:jgross@xxxxxxxx>> wrote:
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>>>> We can rule out several variants with release dates just before or in a
>>>> holiday season:
>>>> Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
>>>> Xx.XXXXX...xxxx...........xxXXXXx..............X      holidays
>>>> ffFFFFFFR.......ffFFFFFFR.......ffFFFFFFR.......
>>>> .ffFFFFFFR.......ffFFFFFFR.......ffFFFFFFR......
>>>> Best fit seems to be releasing in first half of March/July/November. The
>>>> main clash seems to be Chinese new year in the freeze period, but
>>>> avoiding that would mean we'd have to either move into Christmas or
>>>> Eastern, or to use a schedule with varying periods.
>>>> Please remember that Chinese new year is only 2 weeks long (at varying
>>>> dates) so only 2 weeks of the freeze period are hit. Next year the
>>>> Chinese new year will be at February 5th.
>>>> For my 4.12 plan I've added some extra weeks between last posting date
>>>> and release date to accommodate for the holiday seasons, resulting in
>>>> my suggestion.
>>> Thanks for the detailed analysis Juregen.  This seems good to me.
>>> -George
>> This looks good to me also. To address Julien's concerns, we could also
>> consider an earlier Last posting date/Hard code freeze date for Arm
>> related code to work around Julien's holiday plans. I think this would
>> be entirely OK and set expectations of contributors accordingly. But
>> maybe this is not necessary if Julien and Stefano can agree a work split
>> somehow. 
>> Alternatively we could communicate absences of key reviewers say in
>> November to set expectations of contributors for the final stretch of
>> the release cycle. In other words, if a key reviewer is away, then
>> contributors will need to get series into good shape before their
>> reviewers go on vacation. 
> I like that idea. Lets expand it to key persons (i.e. release manager,
> release technician, community manager, key reviewers).

We should probably add this to the Release manager TODO list, such that we 
don't forget when the time comes. The same principle could apply to other 
holiday periods as well.


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