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Freezing Maverick - behind the scenes on Ubuntu 10.10

Jul 09, 2010, 13:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Walker)

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"Ubuntu 10.10 (codename Maverick Meerkat) is well into the development cycle, with the planned celebrity release date of 10 October 2010 (10/10/10). The development time frame of Ubuntu is quite condensed, and this is managed with a number of stages. These stages tend to symbolise milestones of the schedule, and usually refer to a restriction on what activity can happen during this time.

"We have long passed the Alpha 1 CD image stage and I anticipate the release of Alpha 2 by the time you read this. You will no doubt be eager to test Alpha 3, which is currently scheduled for 5 August. Alpha 3 will be the last CD image created before the development of Maverick starts entering the second half of the 'freeze' stages.

"The freeze stages we have already passed include 'Feature Definition Freeze', which was on 17 June. This is defined as packages in the 'main' repository that will have new features in this cycle and will need to be defined by this date. One of the primary reasons for this is that changes in the 'main' archive tend to have larger consequential issues for others, as this archive constitutes the bones of everything else."

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