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Minutes from Technical Board meeting 2013-03-18

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:21 AM

These minutes are also available at

Meeting 2013-03-18:

* Meeting chair: Matt Zimmerman
* Other members in attendance: Colin Watson, Stéphane Graber
* Apologies: Martin Pitt, Soren Hansen, Kees Cook

* Full log:

* See also
[[https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/technical-board/2013-March/001566.html|Stéphane Graber's more detailed summary]

* Proposed changes to the release cycle

* The board discussed a few recently proposed
* [[https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/technical-board/2013-March/001527.html|changes]]
* to the release cycle

* Duration of maintenance/support

* Currently, standard (non-LTS) releases include a commitment to 18
months of maintenance
* The original proposal called for reducing the maintenance period for
standard releases from 18 months to 7 months
* The development team representatives discussed the possibilities and
reached a consensus on a new maintenance period of 9 months, which the
board then voted to approve

* Effective release for new maintenance period

* The board voted to implement the 9-month maintenance period beginning
* with Ubuntu 13.04

* Providing a mechanism to easily track the development branch of Ubuntu

* Currently, users must explicitly upgrade their system to each new
* The proposal called for designating the current development focus as a
"rolling release", intended to be tracked continuously rather than via
discrete upgrades
* The technical requirement for such a designation would be a mechanism
to enable this behavior, since it is not currently supported by our
current infrastructure
* The board voted in support of the development of such a facility,
without specifying a particular mechanism (TBD by the relevant
development team(s))
* There were further components to the proposal which could not be
discussed in the time available for the meeting. Discussion will
continue at the next meeting on 2013-04-01

- mdz


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