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[ecf-dev] ECF 3.10/Mars final daze

Hi Folks,

Sorry about the long note below, but we are coming up on the final days for ECF 3.10, and I wanted to communicate so that everyone will know the timing of things, what's going to happen, and what everyone's responsibilities are going to be.

1) When: First, here's the Mars Simultaneous Release Plan and Schedule [1]. For all those not familiar with SR releases, all of these deadlines are considered both immutable and inviolable...i.e. they cannot and will not change. If any project doesn't meet these deadlines it will be dropped (with prejudice). For ECF core and filetransfer we are actually considered a -1 project, because these components are depended upon by Equinox/p2/Eclipse. That means that we have to be done *earlier* than the platform (+0). Just yesterday I provided an M7 build of ECF core and filetransfer to the Platform. On this comment [2] David clarifies our schedule. Please see that comments [2]. Given those dates and David's comment about how hard it will be to get even trivial new builds in place for later release candidates, my inclination is to shoot for the RC2 May 20th as our *final* non-emergency build for ECF 3.10.0. We can discuss this, if people have other thoughts, but realize that the later we go, the more we will have to fight with the Eclipse PMC to get new builds through to the Platform for Mars.

2) What: First, starting next week (May 4) we will be on a feature freeze. That means no more new things added to this release, and only bug fixes. If you have something that you intend to get into this release and have not already, please get it in (with notifications to everyone here) by mid-day PT on Monday. From that point on only bug fixes (no enhancements) may be added until after we've complete the Mars final builds.

3) Who: I, Wim, and Harshana will be triggering release builds when we are ready, and coordinating our own schedules to do so when needed (e.g. May 18th). When we do that and everything is complete, one of us will send a note to this pointing to the updated download page, New and Noteworthy, build qualifier, maven repo, and git tag associated with the release. At that time one of us will also update the Mars meta-data, so that the Mars build will include the latest 3.10.0 release in the Mars SR repository.

4) Request for Help with Release/Install/Smoke Testing: It's always a struggle to get sufficient testing, but this is particularly true for release/install and smoke testing. What I mean by this is taking some appropriate version of Eclipse SDK (e.g.) the latest Mars (4.5) milestone build [3] and installing the latest build of ECF SDK repo [4] to make sure that everything installs, all the feature and plugin meta-data is correct, all the legal stuff (licenses, feature and plugins info, etc), all the source is available, etc. This release includes some significant new Eclipse-based tooling for Remote Services If you have a few minutes, *please consider doing this* for some Eclipse package or configuration that you care about (e.g. Eclipse EE, Eclipse Java, WTP, Equinox server, Karaf, etc) and some set of ECF features (RS SDK/Eclipse SDK). If you find any problem, please open a bug immediately here [5] and classify it as 'major'.

Thanks!  3.10.0/Mars is going to be a great ECF release!


[1] https://wiki.eclipse.org/Mars/Simultaneous_Release_Plan
[2] https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=448916#c17
[3] http://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/downloads/
[4] http://build.ecf-project.org/repo/C-HEAD-sdk.feature/lastSuccessful/archive/site.p2/
[5] https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/enter_bug.cgi?product=ECF
[6] https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/enter_bug.cgi?product=ECF