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[release] Release countdown for week R-8, August 19-23


Your long awaited countdown email...

Development Focus
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It's probably a good time for teams to take stock of their library and client
work that needs to be completed yet. The non-client library freeze is coming
up, followed closely by the client lib freeze. Please plan accordingly to avoid
any last minute rushes to get key functionality in.

General Information
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Looking ahead to Train-3, please be aware of the feature freeze dates. Those
vary depending on deliverable type:

* General libraries (except client libraries) need to have their last feature
  release before Non-client library freeze (September 05). Their stable
  branches are cut early.

* Client libraries (think python-*client libraries) need to have their last
  feature release before Client library freeze (September 12)

* Deliverables following a cycle-with-rc model (that would be most services)
  observe a Feature freeze on that same date, September 12. Any feature
  addition beyond that date should be discussed on the mailing-list and get PTL
  approval.

* After feature freeze, cycle-with-rc deliverables need to produce a first
  release candidate (and a stable branch) before RC1 deadline (September 26)

* Deliverables following cycle-with-intermediary model can release as
  necessary, but in all cases before Final RC deadline (October 10)

Finally, now is a good time to list contributors to your team who do not have a
code contribution, and therefore won't automatically be considered an Active
Technical Contributor and allowed to vote in election. This is done by adding
extra-atcs to:

https://opendev.org/openstack/governance/src/branch/master/reference/projects.yaml

before the Extra-ATC freeze on August 29.

Upcoming Deadlines & Dates
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Extra-ATC freeze: August 29 (R-7 week)
Non-client library freeze: September 05 (R-6 week)
Client library freeze: September 12 (R-5 week)
Train-3 milestone: September 12 (R-5 week)

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Sean McGinnis (smcginnis)