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.
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.
Trunk is frozen for all feature commits, even those listed in the planned feature document. Only bug fixes are allowed.
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.
To allow the bindings people to have proper time to do there work in preparation to the final release, the API should now be mostly fixed. Changing API is allowed, but commits have to be cc'ed to the kde-bindings mailinglist. This is including older APIs and newly introduced libraries/APIs.
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.
Beta 1 becomes available for general consumption.
Beta 2 becomes available for general consumption. May 19th: Soft Message Freeze.
During tagging freeze only compilation fixes for all platforms are allowed to be committed. Everything else (even showstopper fixes) *have* to be run through reviewboard, with the release-team and the affected maintainers as reviewer.
All artwork is frozen on this date. No new artwork should be added. Existing artwork can continue to be tweaked and fixed.
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 beforehand from kde-i18n-doc for every single string change.
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.
The 4.5 branch is made and trunk is re-opened for development targetting the 4.6 release. Afterwards, RC 1 release is tagged from the branch. Only urgent fixes, such as those fixing compilation errors, should be committed. As soon as the RC has been confirmed to build it will be released immediately.
During tagging freeze only compilation fixes for all platforms are allowed to be committed. Everything else (even showstopper fixes) have to be run through reviewboard, with the release-team and the effected maintainers as reviewer.
RC 2 release is tagged. As soon as the RC has been confirmed to build it will be released immediately.
Branch is frozen for KDE SC 4.5 tagging. Only very urgent fixes, such as those fixing compilation errors, should be committed.
KDE SC 4.5 becomes available for general consumption.