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= KDE 4.0 Release Roadmap =
== Milestone: Subsystem Freeze ==
'''Date:''' 1 April 2007
* From this date forward, no major KDE subsystem can be committed to kdelibs.
* The location of all classes are fixed within kdelibs.
* Trunk is expected to contain KDE4 code only now. This effectively means that all scripts processing translations for KDE3 in trunk will cease.
* Extragear applications that want to release based on KDE3 are expected to move to /branches/stable and work from there.
* The buildsystem requirements are fixed; i.e, must not require a version of cmake greater than 2.4.5.
== Milestone: kdelibs Hackathon Week ==
'''Start:''' 15 Apr 2007 (estimated)  '''End:''' 21 Apr 2007  '''Duration:''' 1 week
* kdelibs polishing and fine-tuning.
* Developer meeting (possible, planning TBD).
* Full API review of Phonon and Solid (Oslo meeting)
== Milestone: Alpha Release + kdelibs soft API Freeze ==
'''Date:''' 1 May 2007
* Qt 4.3 is required from here until release.
* The kdelibs API is frozen. This means that the classes and interfaces are not allowed to change, except with permission of the core developers.
* To make an API change, post a kdelibs API exception request to the kde-core-devel mailinglist with an explanation and the code. If there are no objections after a week, the change can be committed.
''NOTE:'' all affected modules must continue to compile and work as expected.
== Milestone: Usability and Accessibility Review ==
'''Date:''' 8 May 2007
* Application Usability Review
* Application Accessibility Review
* Continues until the start of the Beta Cycle
== Milestone: Feature Freeze ==
'''Date:''' 1 June 2007
* The KDE main modules are frozen for new features.
* No new features are allowed, the focus is on stabilizing the applications and fixing all bugs.
* The main module maintainers must indicate if they will follow the release schedule or will divert and not be released together with KDE 4.0.
== Milestone: Beta Cycle, Full kdelibs API Freeze ==
'''Start:''' 25 June 2007
'''End:''' 24 September 2007
'''Duration:''' 3 months (estimated)
* From this date forward, a Beta Version will be published every month until most grave bugs are resolved.
* The kdelibs API is now frozen solid.
* Translations are included starting with the second Beta, thus beginning a string freeze. Exceptions can be requested on the kde-i18n mailinglist.
== Milestone: Release Candidate Cycle ==
'''Start:''' 25 September 2007
'''End:''' 22 October 2007
'''Duration:''' 4 weeks (estimated)
* From this date forward, a Release Candidate will be released every two weeks until *all* grave bugs are resolved.
* After the first Release Candidate there is a total release freeze. This means only regressions (breakage caused due to the KDE4 port) or grave bugs can be fixed, but nothing else.
* With the first Release Candidate, a list of languages which will be included with the KDE 4.0 release will be made available, based on the usual rules.
== Milestone: KDE 4.0 Released ==
'''Date:''' 23 October 2007
*This date is based on an estimated 3 Beta's and 2 Release Candidates.

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