Schedules/KDE4/4.5 Release Schedule
**** THIS SCHEDULE IS NOT FINAL *******
KDE SC 4.5 is a feature release for KDE SC 4. All dates given here are subject to revision, but we will try our best to stick to them if possible. The KDE Release Team is acting as the coordinator for this release.
All deadlines are due 23:59 UTC, but if you need a few more hours, notify someone from the release team.
KDE SC 4.5
April 26th: Dependency Freeze
From this moment on it is not allowed to add new dependencies or bump dependencies versions. It is possible to get an exception for this. Post the patch to reviewboard and add the release-team as reviewer. We will check if the dependency is needed and is available on all platforms.
In other words: If you have a feature that requires a new dependency or a version of a dependency that is higher than currently checked for in the build system, you need to have committed this change before this date.
April 26th: Soft Feature Freeze
Trunk is frozen for feature commits that are not listed in the planned feature document. Only bugfixes and the code implementing the listed features are to be committed after this date. The feature list also closes today.
Features not already finished or not listed on the planned features page will have to wait until KDE SC 4.6.
May 11th: Hard Feature Freeze
Trunk is frozen for all feature commits, even those listed in the planned feature document. Only bug fixes are allowed.
May 11th: API Freeze
To allow the bindings people to have proper time to do there work in preparation to the final release, the API is now frozen. No more changes to APIs or header files (except docs) after this date, including older APIs and newly introduced libraries/APIs.
May 19th: Soft Message Freeze.
All translated messages (GUI strings) are frozen on this date. Only previously untranslated strings or clear errors in strings can be fixed. No major new strings changes should be done. It is ok to remove strings. Exception: Artwork (try to keep the number of new strings low anyways). Exception: Typo fixes can be fixed until Beta2 is released but you have to mail kde-i18n-doc saying you made a typo fix change.
May 19th: Tag Beta 1
Trunk is frozen for Beta 1 release tagging. Only urgent fixes, such as those fixing compilation errors, should be committed. The usual beta rules apply as soon as the Beta tarballs have been generated.
May 26th: Release Beta 1
Beta 1 becomes available for general consumption.
June 2nd: Documentation/Handbook Freeze
No more substantive changes to documentation or handbooks after this date. Typos, spelling and simple grammar changes are permitted.
June 2nd: Tag Beta 2
Trunk is frozen for Beta 2 release tagging. Only urgent fixes, such as those fixing compilation errors, should be committed.
June 9th: Release Beta 2
Beta 2 becomes available for general consumption. May 19th: Soft Message Freeze.
June 22nd: Tagging freeze
June 23rd: Artwork and Bindings Freeze
All artwork is frozen on this date. No new artwork should be added. Existing artwork can continue to be tweaked and fixed.
No new additions to the language bindings, except optional bindings as permitting by the kde-bindings team.
June 23rd: Hard Message Freeze
Up to now you were able to do typo changes, but you had to mail kde-i18n-doc saying you made a typo fix change. From this moment on you need an explicit ok *forehand* from kde-i18n-doc for every single string change.
June 23rd: Tag + release RC 1
June 13nd: Tagging freeze
July 14th: Tag + release RC 2
RC 2 release is tagged. As soon as the RC has been confirmed to build it will be released immediately.
July 28th: Tag KDE SC 4.5
Branch is frozen for KDE SC 4.5 tagging. Only very urgent fixes, such as those fixing compilation errors, should be committed.
August 4th: Release KDE SC 4.5
KDE SC 4.5 becomes available for general consumption.