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[eclipse-pmc] Helios end game plan

Fellow PMC members,

According to the Helios simultaneous release requirements, we must make our end game plan available by Helios M6, which is this coming Friday the 19th.  I have written an initial draft of this end game plan here:

Apart from the usual one day shift in dates, I have made two changes from last year:

1) Removed one day from the RC2 test pass, to make it a single day test pass. The feedback during the Galileo retrospective was that the extra testing at this point was too late in the cycle. Instead teams would like some extra testing earlier in the end game. I have *not* added this extra testing, since I thought we should discuss with the whole team during this week's planning call. The two choices are to have a test pass immediately after M7 for two days, or to start the M7 shutdown a couple of days earlier to allow for an extended M7 test pass. I can update the the freeze plan once we decide on that.

2) Moved the RC builds from Thursday 8pm to Thursday 8am (EDT). This is unfortunate because it cuts down on the time available for the fix pass. Hopefully teams that *do* make a good contribution the first time can spend all of Thursday and Friday doing either testing or fixing for the next week's RC. I think this change is necessary because last year we proved incapable of producing a good build in less than 24 hours. From the archives, this is when we shipped each RC last year:

3.5 RC1 Saturday 9am
3.5 RC2 Sunday 7pm
3.5 RC3 Friday 5pm
3.5 RC4 Sunday 9pm

Hopefully making the build 12 hours earlier will help us hit closer to the target this time around. When we slip our milestone/RC dates it causes great disruption to the +1 projects that need to have their builds completed on the following Monday.

Comments and criticism welcome on any aspect of the freeze plan, either my two proposed changes or any other aspect of the plan that has not changed from last year. We can discuss on this list, and/or during Wednesday's call this week. Also let me know if there are any national holidays in countries where we have committers that I missed. It's useful to have these marked in the freeze plan for reference.


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