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Re: [Xen-devel] Xen 4.12 release planning

On Wed, 25 Jul 2018, Juergen Gross wrote:
> Its time to plan the Xen 4.12 release dates.
> There have been concerns with the schedule of 6 months between releases,
> as this scheme is leading to too many supported versions of Xen at a
> time. The needed resources to backport bug fixes and security fixes as
> well as doing the tests for all those releases are a limiting factor to
> push out the current main release as well as point releases on time.
> After some discussions at the Xen developer summit, on xen-devel and
> between the committers a slightly longer release cycle of 8 or 9 months
> was suggested.
> With 18 months of full support and 36 months of security support the
> number of concurrent supported releases will be the same with either 8
> or 9 months release cycles, so I have chosen an 8 month cycle for now.
> Having only 3 possible times in the year for a release will make it
> easier to avoid major holiday seasons.
> In case there is no objection I'm planning Xen 4.12 with:
> * Last posting date: December 14th, 2018
> * Hard code freeze: January 11th, 2019
> * Release: March 7th, 2019
> Release of Xen 4.13 would then be early November 2019, 4.14 at early
> July 2020.

Given the holdidays season (it is not just Julien going on vacation but
pretty much everybody), wouldn't it be better to move the hard code
freeze by a couple of weeks? For instance Jan 25th? We can still keep
the release date as Mar 7th, there should be still enough time?

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