As of a short while ago, focal has entered the beta freeze, with a goal of releasing Beta images sometime late Thursday. *From now until the beta is released, please only upload updates for packages on any release images if you /need/ to get them into the beta itself.* Please hold off with everything else until after we release on Thursday.
The queue freeze will last from now until final release in April, which means that all seeded packages will now need a spot-check and review in the queue from a release team member before they are let into the archive. As with the previous releases, we have a bot in place that will accept uploads that are unseeded and don't affect images. Don't take this as an open invitation to break Feature Freeze on those components, this is just to reduce the burden on the release team, so we only review the uploads that need very serious consideration. If you find the bot is blocking an upload that you think should have been auto-accepted, let us know and we'll sort it out. We will be spinning a set of beta candidates tomorrow morning EU time, after the last few changes have migrated into focal. We then encourage people to do ASAP for their favourite flavour(s) as they come off the line. For this release we are going to be trialling having a "communicator" in #ubuntu-release on Freenode while the milestones are being prepared (for the Beta this will be Wednesday and Thursday; for Final it will be the whole of release week). This will be a named person (in the channel's topic) who is responsible for updating the channel on the status of the release and being a point of contact for flavour developers who need to raise things with the release team. In the first instance, please prefer pinging the named communicator rather than your existing favourite release team member. They will delegate if necessary. Happy bug-hunting from now until the final release, and please do help out and test ISOs, netboot, etc, where you can and let us know what's broken in your environment(s). On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, -- Iain Lane [ i...@orangesquash.org.uk ] Debian Developer [ la...@debian.org ] Ubuntu Developer [ la...@ubuntu.com ]
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