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

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

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                                  [ ]
Debian Developer                                   [ ]
Ubuntu Developer                                   [ ]

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