KDE 3.3 is the third and quickest feature release in the KDE 3.x series. The list of planned features can be found in a separate document. All dates given here are subject to revision, but we will try our best to stick to them if possible.
Stephan Kulow is acting as release coordinator for the 3.3 releases.
Alpha 1 will be source only, we do not want to take away packager resources from the KDE 3.2.3 happen around that date.
The HEAD branch is frozen for feature commits that are not listed in the planned-feature document. Only bugfixes and the listed feature-commits are to be committed. Still, binary compatibility is not required, i18n string changes are allowed.
The HEAD branch is tagged as Beta 1 and is frozen for nonurgent commits till 27th. Features should mainly be done by now.
Beta 1 is prepared and released after some initial testing. The incoming bugs will be reviewed for their severity.
After this date only bug fixes are allowed and the same message freeze applies as for released versions (i.e. only previously untranslated strings or clear errors in strings can be fixed - no new strings) The HEAD branch is frozen for nonurgent commits till 18th.
Beta 2 is tagged and tarballs are made for testing. Tarballs are released to the packagers.
This is the very last for commiting anything that isn't reviewed on the development lists. If in doubt, ask the release coordinator.
This release will happen very quickly, so the RC1 will already be labeled 3.3.0. So if there's nothing wrong with it, we will change the file names and are done (I can have dreams too, no?). With this release a KDE_3_3_BRANCH is created and the final touches are applied in there.
August 21st starts the "aKademy" and I want to have this done before it, so there is little time left for the packagers and the PR team to get prepared for their trip to Ludwigsburg.
The first translation and bug fix release: Will take its usual week of packaging
The second translation and bug fix release: Will take its usual week of packaging and testing