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Minutes from Technical Board meeting 2013-03-18

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These minutes are also available at

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TechnicalBoard/TeamReports/13/March

 

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:

http://ubottu.com/meetingology/logs/ubuntu-meeting/2013/ubuntu-meeting.2013-03-18-21.01.html

 

* 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

continuously

 

* Currently, users must explicitly upgrade their system to each new

release

* 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

 

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- mdz

 

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