Yakkety Yak [1] is now open for development, with syncs from unstable
still running.  The development version already starts with some

 - GCC is configured to build with -fPIE (and to pass -z now to ld)
   by default on amd64 and ppc64el.

 - Three library transitions are almost done: boost 1.60, ICU 57,
   and libpng 1.6.

 - A bunch of library transitions is already triggered by the sync
   from Debian.  Please help finishing such transitions if you see

 - Please expect a change of the GCC compiler to the 6.2 release
   in June/July.

Please don't procrastinate work targeted for Yakkety. We ended the Xenial development cycle with more outstanding build failures and more outstanding merges than previous release cycles. An upload doesn't end when you hit upload, but needs to build, and then migrate to the release pocket of the archive. Please follow-up on build failures and dep-waits [3] and pending migrations to the release pocket [4]. Sorry to say this again, but we didn't improve much

Start working on merges ([5], [6]) now, don't wait until you need a feature freeze exception for your merge.

Please check your uploads in a yakkety chroot, don't just test in a xenial
environment.  See [7] or [8] how to setup such a development chroot.

[1] http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1496
[3] http://qa.ubuntuwire.com/ftbfs/
[4] http://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/proposed-migration/update_excuses.html
[5] https://merges.ubuntu.com/main.html
[6] https://merges.ubuntu.com/universe.html
[7] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SimpleSbuild
[8] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebootstrapChroot

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